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Vettel top in final practice as Magnussen crashes

Vettel top in final practice as Magnussen crashes


Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel set the fastest lap during the final practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix. 

Sebastian Vettel threw a gauntlet into qualifying and race preparations, challenging both Mercedes and being the only driver of the session to set a 1:13min lap.

It would be Kevin Magnussen stealing headlines later in the session, losing traction out of turn 7 and crashing heavily into the barrier.

The session was red-flagged and not restarted thereafter, with the crash seemingly caused after Magnussen upshifted into third gear out of the corner.

The left-rear of the car appeared to have lost control, as Magnussen momentarily fish-tailed before veering left and slamming and grinding heavily along the barrier.

However, Red Bull initially set the fastest times,  Verstappen topping the charts with a 1:14.636; managing to trump ultra-soft tyre users with his super softs.

In a session predicted to have rain as early as the 35 minute mark, Mercedes failed to find momentum within the first half of the session.

Both Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton seemed unable to challenge their rivals, setting a 1:14.316 and .334 respectively.

Neither had the chance to improve and challenge the leaderboard, after lockups into the turn 13 chicane dampened opportunities.

Verstappen’s early form in the session would only later be challenged by Sebastian Vettel around 38 minutes, topping the timesheets with a 1:14.139.

He would better this three minutes later to a 1:14.068.

Light rain reached the circuit at midway through the session, as Torro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat lost grip and went off the turn 3 escape road, eventually re-joining.

Hoping to dispel the controversy of Monaco, Felipe Nasr kicked up a clumps of grass just off curbs on his 43rd minute flying lap, eventually settling the session with a 1:16.326.

Fernando Alonso also carried his team’s Q3 hopes for this afternoon’s session, finishing the session in eighth position with a 1:14.801.

However, with the red flagging after Magnussen’s incident and impending rain, the session would end with Vettel ahead of Verstappen and Rosberg.