Hamilton leads the way
Lewis Hamilton knocked back a double in practice for Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix to superbly tee himself up to become the seventh different race winner this season.
McLaren star Hamilton, a two-time winner around Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, finished quickest at the end of both sessions. The 27-year-old, remarkably not one of the sextet to stand on top of the podium this year, was rarely troubled in either 90-minute run.
Hamilton posted a time of one minute 15.564 seconds in FP1, improving by 0.305secs in FP2, although he had championship leader Fernando Alonso hot on his heels in his Ferrari, with the Spaniard off the pace by only 0.054s come the conclusion.
For McLaren team-mate Jenson Button, who triumphed in spectacular circumstances a year ago, it was a day to forget as he spent most of the three practice hours in the garage.
Button managed just 12 laps in the morning session, only two of which were timed, due to an oil leak from the gearbox that saw the McLaren mechanics changing the seal twice as the initial fix did not work.
He eventually made it out on track in FP2 with just under 19 minutes remaining, managing 13 timed laps and finishing ninth on the timesheet, just over half a second behind Hamilton.
Behind Alonso, who survived a spin across the grass early in FP2, was Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa, followed by reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel.
Force India's Paul di Resta produced a superb lap to finish fifth, just 0.285s behind Hamilton, with Kamui Kobayashi in his Sauber and Mercedes' Michael Schumacher within half a second in sixth and seventh.
The field was so closely bunched up behind that the top 13 drivers were within 0.728s of Hamilton, but there was no Lotus in that group as Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen were 14th and 15th, a second off the pace.
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