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

Follow the first practice at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve as the build-up to the Canadian Grand Prix continues

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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The top-3 on Zhou’s accident:

Sainz: “I made the decision not to watch the accident at the time. When I watched it at the podium, I was shocked. It was crazy. If you see the crash in F2 this morning too, the halo has probably saved two lives.”

Perez: “Very pleased that they’ll be racing again. I was in the garage when I saw the accident and I was shocked, it’s been a while since we saw an accident like that. There’s always lessons, to learn from today, things we can improve.

“One more thing I’d like to say is with salary caps, we are the ones puttnig on the show, we should stop talking about this.”

Sainz: “I thought the red flag was for the protestors, I had three people running towards me.”

Hamilton: “I don’t have much to add from those two, answered very well. And I don’t know about the protestors...”

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Carlos Sainz:

“The first win is always a bit of a relief I’m not going to lie. Because there you have it, a win in Formula 1.

“Honestly I never stopped believing that this win was going to come. It was about time that something happened in a race that I can win - keep believing. Things have never come easy to me in my career...”

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Lewis Hamilton in the post-race press conference:

“Those last few laps were reminiscent of the karting days.

“We got the quickest lap at the end which we haven’t been able to do. The race-pace has improved, it’s definitely helped us get a little bit closer - but not in a position to win just yet I don’t think.

“If we didn’t have a safety car, I think I’d have been able to fight these two {Sainz and Perez] but it wasn’t meant to be.”

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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)...

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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

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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.

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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!”

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British Grand Prix 2022: Carlos Sainz celebrates maiden victory

Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz of Spain celebrates

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...

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