Formula 1 championship leader Lewis Hamilton has endured a far from perfect Canadian Grand Prix weekend so far, crashing out in FP2 before finishing at the bottom of the timesheets in FP3.
Two red flag periods in the final practice session meant that Hamilton was unable to post a fast lap time, leaving him down in 20th position whilst Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg finished at the head of the field.
This all sets the stage for a fascinating qualifying session at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Saturday as Hamilton, Rosberg and perhaps even the Ferrari duo of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen duel for pole position.
Ferrari has been an ever-present threat to Mercedes so far this weekend, particularly across the long runs during the first half of FP2 on Friday before the rain hit the Ile Notre-Dame.
Lotus and Williams have also shown an improved pace during the first three practice sessions, and both teams should expect to be in the fight for the top five on Sunday. A good qualifying will of course set the tone for what they can hope for in the race.
None of the teams will be completely happy with their practice running, though, given the rain that hit FP2 and the two red flags in FP3, leaving most guessing ahead of qualifying and the race.
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