Hamilton sets the pace in Canada

Updated: June 9, 2012

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton returned to the scene of his first Formula One victory on Friday and put down an immediate marker with the quickest laps in Canadian Grand Prix practice.

The 2008 world champion, a winner in Montreal in 2007 and 2010 without a triumph in this most unpredictable of seasons, was fastest in both sessions at an overcast Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

The Briton was followed by the two Ferraris in the second session, championship leading Spaniard Fernando Alonso lapping 0.054 off Hamilton’s pace and Brazilian Felipe Massa third best and 0.151 slower.

Red Bull’s double world champion Sebastian Vettel, who was second fastest to Hamilton in the morning was fourth in the afternoon.

The German’s Australian teammate Mark Webber, winner in Monaco for Red Bull, lapped fifth fastest in the morning but was well back in 12th in the second.