Practice One - McLarens split by Schumacher 11 Jun 2010
There was plenty of action as Formula One cars once again hammered round the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Friday morning, as Jenson Button set the pace for McLaren in opening practice for the Canadian Grand Prix.
The reigning champion was on strong form with a lap of 1m 18.127s in overcast but dry conditions, but it was tight at the top as Mercedes were also in the fight. Buttons lap was 0.158s quicker than Michael Schumachers best of 1m 18.285s, and right behind the legendary German came Lewis Hamilton on 1m 18.352s and Nico Rosberg with a late improvement on 1m 18.356s. Schumachers efforts to go faster still, however, saw him half spin in Turn Six towards the end.
Sebastian Vettel looked a little ragged as he pushed hard in his Red Bull for 1m 18.549s, while the other stars were Robert Kubica with 1m 18.662s for Renault and Fernando Alonso with 1m 18.726s for Ferrari.
Tonio Liuzzi made the best of his new Force India chassis with eighth fastest time of 1m 19.097s, and then Nico Hulkenberg and Rubens Barrichello completed the top 10 for Williams with 1m 19.282s and 1m 19.313s respectively.
Adrian Sutil was 11th in the second Force India with 1m 19.373s before spending the rest of the session in the pits, and Felipe Massa did limited running in his Ferrari en route to 1m 19.511s. Renault's Vitaly Petrov was a late improver to 13th on 1m 19.549s, while Mark Webber was down in 14th in the other Red Bull on 1m 19.609s.
Kamui Kobayashi was the days only full spinner, rotating his BMW Sauber at the hairpin before cutting down to 1m 20.186s for 15th ahead of Sebastien Buemis Toro Rosso on 1m 20.320s, Pedro de la Rosa in the other BMW Sauber on 1m 20.584s and Jamie Alguersuari on 1m 20.823s in the second Toro Rosso.
In the newbie stakes Heikki Kovalainen continued to keep Lotus in the forefront with 1m 21.869s for 19th, with an impressive Karun Chandhok right behind him on 1m 21.977s for HRT. Lotus's Jarno Trulli was next on 1m 22.543s, ahead of Bruno Senna on 1m 22.701s for HRT and Virgin's Timo Glock on 1m 22.713s. It was a difficult morning for Virgin, as Lucas di Grassis VR-01 ground to halt in Turn Six before he even recorded a time.