Lewis Hamilton fastest in 1st practice at Canadian GP

MONTREAL (AP) Lewis Hamilton has driven his Mercedes to the fastest time in the first practice at the Canadian Grand Prix.

The five-time champion at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve completed the 4.361 kilometer (2.71 mile) lap in 1 minute, 13.809 seconds. He was about two-tenths of a second faster than Sebastien Vettel's Ferrari. Hamilton's teammate, Valtteri Bottas, was third fastest, just 0.04 seconds behind Vettel.

The opening session was a disappointment for Honda's Fernando Alonso. He stopped on the track with 15 minutes left, reporting heavy steering and a gearbox problem.

Hometown favorite Lance Stroll was 13th best.

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