Rosberg sets pace, Nasr crashes, Button parks in eventful F1 practice

MONTREAL — Nico Rosberg had the quickest lap while Felipe Nasr crashed his Sauber and Jenson Button parked his McLaren Honda in a practice session halted twice by red flags Saturday at the Canadian Grand Prix.

It was the last practice before qualifying on Saturday afternoon.


Rosberg set the pace at one minute 15.660 seconds on the 4.361-kilometre Circuit Gilles Villeneuve but his Mercedes AMG teammate, Formula One leader Lewis Hamilton, never got in a clean lap and was last in the 20-car field.

There was an 11-minute delay after Nasr, in his first Canadian Grand Prix, plowed into a concrete wall when he lost control while weaving on the track to warm his tires. The car was badly damaged, with the right front wheel hanging loose, but the Brazilian appeared to be OK.

“I had a bit of a shunt,” he told the Sauber crew.

Only five minutes after the session resumed, Button pulled his car to the side of the track and got out. Race stewards opted for another red flag, which ended the one hour session seven minutes early.

Button may miss qualifying because he will likely need an engine change.

“Massive loss of power,” Button reported from the track.

Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari was second fastest at 1:16.233 while Romain Grosjean’s Lotus third at 1:16.772. Valtteri Bottas’ Williams was fourth fastest at 1:16.914.

Fernando Alonso, using a new engine in his McLaren Honda, waited until late in the session to go onto the track and got in only three laps.

The race is on Sunday afternoon.


The Canadian Press