Ferrari struck a blow to rivals Mercedes in Free Practice 2 for the Canadian Grand Prix, with Charles Leclerc leading a one-two for the Scuderia, 0.074s ahead of Sebastian Vettel, while Valtteri Bottas was third for the Silver Arrows, albeit just 0.134s back.
The result will be a relief for both Ferrari fans and the team themselves, with the SF90 seemingly able to play to its strengths on the fast and hot Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve after a run of races where Mercedes had comfortably led the way on Fridays.
That had initially looked set to be the case here, too, after Hamilton headed FP1 by nearly a second from the leading Ferrari of Leclerc.
But Hamilton’s elation on Friday morning in Montreal turned to despair by the afternoon when, having set the provisionally fastest time, the six-time Canadian Grand Prix winner had a big oversteer moment through Turn 8 before slewing into the wall hard at Turn 9.
There was little doubt that Hamilton’s car would be put right in time for Saturday morning, but having crashed with over an hour of the session still to go, it meant the Briton missed some hugely valuable running time in FP2, as he ended up P6.