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2014-06-06 19:57

OH YEAH! Ferrari 's Fernando Alonso has set the fastest lap during the first free practice of the 2014 Canadian GP. Image: AP/Luca Bruno

MONTREAL, Canada - Ferrari's double Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso upstaged the mighty Mercedes team by setting the pace in first practice ahead of the 2014 Canadian F1 GP here on Friday (June 6).

Alonso, a winner on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in 2006 and runner-up to current F1 champion Sebastian Vettel in 2013, lapped the island track with a best time of 1min17.238 on an overcast morning on the St Lawrence River.

Right behind the Spaniard were the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton, a three-times winner in Canada, and his team mate and championship leader Nico Rosberg.


The Briton and German arrived in Canada downplaying a spat between them that had dominated talk up and down the paddock but on the track their rivalry remained firmly in place.

Hamilton, who had his four-race winnng streak snapped by Rosberg in Monaco two weeks earlier, was just 0.016 behind Alonso, followed closely by Rosberg.

With six wins from six races Mercedes has ruled the F1 grid and is expected to continue its domination on a Montreal circuit that plays to the car's strengths with high-speed straights.

Red Bull continued to improve with Vettel fourth on the time sheet ahead of Valtteri Bottas of Williams and Australian Daniel Ricciardo in the second Red Bull.

McLaren's Jenson Button, who won the rain-soaked 2011 Canadian GP,was seventh-best and followed by team mate Kevin Magnussen.

2014 Canadian GP: First free practice

1 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1:17.238
2 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1:17.254
3 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1:17.384
4 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull - Renault 1:18.131
5 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams-Mercedes 1min18.361
6 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) RedBull - Renault 1min18.435
7 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1min18.446
8 Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) McLaren 1min18.514
9 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 1min18.578
10 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso - Renault 1min18.643
11 Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India - Mercedes 1min18.733
12 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India - Mercedes 1min18.959
13 Adrian Sutil (Germany) Sauber - Ferrari 1min19.108
14 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus - Renault 1min19.142
15 Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Toro Rosso - Renault 1min19.177
16 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus - Renault 1min19.340
17 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams-Mercedes1min19.575
18 Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber - Ferrari 1min19.804
19 Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia - Ferrari 1min20.200
20 Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia - Ferrari 1min20.844
21 Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Caterham - Renault 1min21.404
22 Alexander Rossi (US) Caterham - Renault 1min21.757

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