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Hamilton Edges Rosberg in Baku Practice, Ricciardo Crashes

Associated Press

Updated: June 17, 2016, 5:41 PM IST
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Hamilton Edges Rosberg in Baku Practice, Ricciardo Crashes
File image of Lewis Hamilton. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Baku: Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton set the fastest pace in Friday's opening practice at the European Grand Prix, ahead of teammate and Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg.

A number of drivers ran off track on a bumpy, windy and dusty Baku street circuit, with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo snapping off the right rear wheel in a collision with a barrier which brought out the red flag.

Hamilton had a less serious brush with a wall but was still a third of a second ahead of Rosberg, with Valtteri Bottas third fastest, thriving on the 2.1-kilometer (1.3-mile) main straight as he got his Williams up to 351 kph (218 mph).

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McLaren's Fernando Alonso was an impressive fourth fastest, ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, 2.2 seconds off Hamilton's time.

First Published: June 17, 2016, 5:41 PM IST
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