F1 practice LIVE: Canadian Grand Prix updates as Max Verstappen goes fastest in FP1

Hamilton A Doubt For Canadian Grand Prix

Follow live F1 coverage as the Canadian Grand Prix weekend kicks off with free practice sessions one and two in Montreal.

The big news of the week is the FIA’s decision to “reduce or eliminate” porpoising on the advice of its medical team – just days after Lewis Hamilton suffered with severe back pain in the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. Hamilton required assistance to get out of his Mercedes after his car bounced up and down at high speed throughout last Sunday’s race.

Mercedes ran their machines close to the ground in Baku to produce lower downforce. But the move exaggerated the bouncing, and under the FIA’s new technical directive, Mercedes might be required to raise the ride height of their cars which could further slow them down.

At the front of the grid, Max Verstappen will be hoping to extend his lead over chief title rival Charles Leclerc after he took full advantage of the Ferrari driver retiring last weekend with the race victory.

Follow all the latest updates as we build towards this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix:

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STAT ATTACK!

Lewis Hamilton’s 10th successive Silverstone podium, and 13th in total (a new record for most podiums at one track)…

Kieran Jackson3 July 2022 18:18

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Here are the Drivers Standings after a dramatic round 10 of the season!

1. Max Verstappen – 181 points

2. Sergio Perez – 147 points

3. Charles Leclerc – 138 points

4. Carlos Sainz – 127 points

5. George Russell – 111 points

6. Lewis Hamilton – 93 points

7. Lando Norris – 58points

8. Valtteri Bottas – 46 points

9. Esteban Ocon – 39 points

10. Fernando Alonso – 28 points

11. Pierre Gasly – 16 points

12. Kevin Magnussen – 16 points

13. Daniel Ricciardo – 15 points

14. Sebastian Vettel -15 points

15. Yuki Tsunoda – 11 points

16. Guanyu Zhou – 5 points

17. Alex Albon – 3 points

18. Lance Stroll – 2 points

19. Mick Schumacher – 0 points

20. Nicholas Latifi – 0 points

21. Nico Hulkenberg – 0 points

Kieran Jackson3 July 2022 18:17

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Carlos Sainz lauds ‘special’ Silverstone after claiming first-ever F1 Grand Prix victory

Carlos Sainz made clear his delight and gratitude after winning Sunday’s British Grand Prix, a first triumph for the Spaniard on the Formula One circuit in what was his 150th race start.

The Ferrari man was on pole position at Silverstone, though his lead initially lasted only seconds as Max Verstappen bypassed him heading into turn one – but a huge crash behind them meant a restart from the original positions.

Even then, an exhilarating race provided so many twists and turns that both Charles Leclerc and Lewis Hamilton also led at different stages, before a Safety Car came out in the closing stages which proved pivotal.

Sainz, Hamilton and Red Bull’s Sergio Perez all immediately pitted to change to soft tyres while then-leader Leclerc was left on hard compounds, with the bunched-up group then producing a thrilling finale which saw Perez take second and Hamilton third.

It was Sainz who triumphed though, and noted the “special” role Silverstone had played in his career to date in a celebratory post-race speech.

Kieran Jackson3 July 2022 17:56

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‘Halo saved me’: Zhou Guanyu reacts after surviving ‘horrific’ Silverstone crash

Zhou Guanyu admits the halo “saved him” after a “horrific” crash during the opening-lap crash at the British Grand Prix.

The Alfa Romeo driver’s car flipped upside down and jammed into the catch fencing in front of thousands of shocked fans.

The F1 rookie crashed while approaching 160mph at the Abbey corner when George Russell made contact with the rear of Zhou’s car, which saw him launch onto his roof and slide out of control.

After Zhou continued through the gravel and came to a thudding halt at the tyre barrier, Alfa Romeo confirmed the driver was “conscious” and “talkative” following medical treatment.

And the Chinese driver sent a message to his fans on social media: “I’m ok, all clear. Halo saved me today. Thanks everyone for your kind messages!”

Kieran Jackson3 July 2022 17:52

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British Grand Prix 2022: Carlos Sainz celebrates maiden victory

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Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz of Spain celebrates

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Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz of Spain celebrates

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Trophies presented, champagne sprayed, podium pictures taken!

Sainz wins his first F1 race in his 150th Grand Prix.

And take a breath everyone…

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Time for the podium!

Sainz looks a very proud and happy man up on top!

Spanish and Italian national anthems to follow…

Kieran Jackson3 July 2022 17:37

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Lewis Hamilton:

“I’ve really got to give it up to this crowd, thank you to everybody for the incredible support. We don’t see this around the world. I gave it everything today, I was trying to chase down those Ferraris. We’ve got to keep pushing!”

“We lost time in the pit stop and then I was chasing. The end there was difficult with a Red Bull behind them. This is a huge bonus for us to be on the podium. I’m glad everyone was safe with the big crash earlier in the day.”

Kieran Jackson3 July 2022 17:32

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Sergio Perez:

“It was a great comeback, we didn’t give up. The opportuntiy came at the end and we took it, it was a great fight with Charles and then with Lewis. It was an epic final laps…”

Kieran Jackson3 July 2022 17:30

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Carlos Sainz, in his post-race press conference:

“I don’t know what to say! It’s amazing! First race win, 150 later, with Ferrari in Silverstone! It’s a very special day that I will never forget!

“It was not easy, I struggled with the balance with medium tyre. I stayed believing that I needed to stay in the race. You can imagine the nerves of that safety car restart to get it right.

“I thank all of them, Silverstone has been a special place for me. It’s a special place for me and I thank the whole crowd for being part of it and cheering me on!”

Kieran Jackson3 July 2022 17:29

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