What happened in wet first F1 Canadian GP practice
Sat 08, Jun, 2024
Source: The Race

Lando Norris topped a rain-affected and red-flagged opening practice session at the Canadian Grand Prix on a day that looks set to frustrate Formula 1 teams.

FP1 headlines

  • Norris beats Ferraris but...
  • ...conditions unrepresentative after rain
  • Multiple errors in tricky conditions

A sudden change in the weather brought a hailstorm and heavy rain in the build-up to FP1, which started on time but with the pitexit initially closed as standing water on the track continued to be cleared.

It took just over 20 minutes for the pit exit to open, albeit with rain falling further. Lewis Hamilton (on intermediates) and Valtteri Bottas (on full wets, but not for long) were first to venture out for Mercedes and Sauber respectively, before others gradually joined them. 

Those that did so on wets, like Bottas, quickly realised inters were sufficient. But there were still no meaningful laptimes as the session passed the halfway mark, and was then red-flagged after an incident for Zhou Guanyu.