Canadian GP: Norris sets the tone

Canadian GP: Norris sets the tone

Lando Norris, the surprising winner of the Miami Grand Prix, dominated the first free practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix this Friday, delayed by rain. At the wheel of his McLaren, the British driver beat the two Ferraris of Carlos Sainz and Charles Leclerc. Max Verstappen finished 5th, Pierre Gasly set the 7th time.

On May 26, in Monaco, Charles Leclerc, at the same time coming back 31 points from Max Verstappen, won the race ahead of Oscar Piastri and Carlos Sainz, Lando Norris, the hero of the Miami Grand Prix having to be content this time with a place at the foot of the podium (4th). Norris, Leclerc and Sainz stood out again this Friday during the first free practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix.

Except that this time it was the British driver from the McLaren team, unhappy in the Principality during the last round of the World Championship, who was the fastest, ahead of the two Ferraris of Sainz and Leclerc, came to accompany Norris on the podium of this first time taking which had started later than expected due to heavy rain falling during the day on Montreal and the Gilles-Villeneuve circuit, showered by a terrible orange an hour before these EL1 by elsewhere interrupted by the crash of the Chinese Zhou Guanyu.

Very good performance from Gasly

On a less wet track but still soggy despite the work of the marshals to evacuate the stagnant water, Norris made the difference on one of his last attempts while the Ferraris were at the front.

The McLaren driver finally had the last word, with a best lap completed in 1’24”435. Lewis Hamilton, on his Mercedes, finished with the 4th time of this first free practice session, just ahead of triple world champion Verstappen, who once again seemed in difficulty with his Red Bull. The only Frenchman on the track on Friday (Editor’s note: reserve driver Jack Doohan had replaced Esteban Ocon, without being able to complete a timed lap), Pierre Gasly (Alpine) finished in a very good 7th place.

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