Max Verstappen fastest in 1st practice at Canadian GP

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Sebastian Vettel got the jump on world champion Lewis Hamilton as Mercedes blundered their calculations on the Ferrari ace's pit stop under Virtual Safety Car (VSC) conditions.

Hamilton has a superb record in Montreal and victory on Sunday would see him match Michael Schumacher's haul of seven wins at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Like Mercedes, both Red Bull and Ferrari are expected to use new engines, but Red Bull technical boss Adrian Newey downplayed expectations, notably because Monaco victor Daniel Ricciardo faces grid penalties for other technical power-unit changes. The current youngest is Vettel, who did it at the age of 21 years and 72 days. Vettel has 102, Kimi Raikkonen 94. He leads Vettel by 14 points.

The race for the points by Force India's Paul Di Resta and Ferrari's Felipe Massa were undoubtedly one of the highlights of the race.

In the morning session, Williams driver Sergey Sirotkin spun and hit a wall, but was able to continue.

The Briton can also beat the record he now shares with Schumacher of six poles in Montreal.

The plan for the works cars was to switch to the new specification for Canada and then use the original units again for a seventh time in Hungary, a track where ultimate power counts less than elsewhere.

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The other factor playing against Hamilton is his engine with the news today that Mercedes will not be introducing a new, upgraded unit for this weekend over reliability fears.

"Following Lewis's pit stop, we believed that we had the scenarios of both the safety auto and the virtual safety vehicle covered, so that Sebastian could not pit and come out ahead of Lewis on track".

Stroll earned his first F1 points at the Canadian Grand Prix a year ago.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain signs autographs for fans at the Canadian Grand Prix on Thursday in Montreal.

Then there's the four-hour epic in 2011 as, in wet/dry conditions, Button recovered from last place at one stage early on to pass Vettel's Red Bull on the last lap for the win.

It will be a memorable weekend also for two-time champion Fernando Alonso, who is entered for his 300th Grand Prix and, potentially, his 298th start.

McLaren are marking the 50th anniversary of the team's first win, by founder Bruce McLaren in Belgium on June 9, 1968.

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