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2008 Canadian Grand Prix - Practice Sessions
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Lewis Puts In Fastest Practice Lap - Canadian Grand Prix

Fresh from his recent win in Monaco, Lewis Hamilton driving his Vodafone McLaren Mercedes bumped Robert Kubica in the BMW yesterday to take the fastest Practice Session lap in Montreal for the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix. Hamilton pushed his car during the final minutes of the Second Practice Session to 'blip' the Montreal timers at 1m15.752. Second fastest for the day was Robert Kubica in the BMW, followed in third by Kimi Raikkonen in the Ferrari.

Each year, the Canadian Grand Prix F1 race is held on Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, which is a spectacular circuit for the spectators to watch the performance capability of an F1 car. The city of Montreal breathes F1 during the week and all the restaurants and bars become hosts to the spectators, who come from across Canada and the United States to watch the event.

In commenting on his performance during the Practice Sessions yesterday, Hamilton said:

"It's great to be back in Montreal, the scene of my first grand prix victory one year ago. We chose not to use our allocation of wet tires for the majority of the opening session but managed a run on dry tires towards the end of the morning. In the afternoon, we were able to improve the car on every run - I felt very comfortable with the set-up and balance, particularly when we switched to the option tire, which allowed me to lean on the car as the track conditions improved. We've still got some work to do ahead of qualifying and the race, but we've already got some positive running under our belts."

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