Canadian Grand Prix Formula free practice report
Today’s report from Formula One teams & drivers in Montréal.
Formula One teams Canadian Grand Prix free practice results
|13||Di Resta||Force India||1:15.855||1.037|
|22||Van der Garde||Caterham||1:18.392||3.574|
Red Bull Racing
CANADIAN GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE
CAR 1, SEBASTIAN VETTEL
- First Practice Session: Position: 9, Best Time: 1:23.047, Laps: 26
- Second Practice Session: Position: 7, Best Time: 1:15.280, Laps: 41
“It was tricky this morning with the wet weather, but fortunately in the afternoon we had some dry conditions. It was quite slippery, with low grip at the end. The dominating factor was the weather today and we’re not sure what’s going to tomorrow, but we’re happy with where we are.”
CAR 2, MARK WEBBER
- First Practice Session: Position: 10, Best Time: 1:23.131, Laps: 16
- Second Practice Session: Position: 4, Best Time: 1:15.212, Laps: 46
“Today was pretty good. It’s a tricky circuit, especially when it’s a bit green and there’s not much rubber on track. The first session was wet, but we got some information on all of the tyres at the end there in FP2. The new tyre compound was ok, it wasn’t expected to be hugely different, but it ran well. It would have been nice to do some more work on it, we got five laps – but it’s better than nothing. We seemed pretty strong in both conditions today.”
While the current wet weather here might make us want to stay inside – here are five fast facts from Mark about why we should get up and get out and about:
Mark Webber’s Top Five… Reasons to get out of bed and go training
1. The feelgood factor – you just feel incredible when you’ve done it.
2. Being outside – Just getting out into the fresh air, not stuck inside, makes you feel alive and that’s a brilliant drug.
3. It means I can eat more – that’s always a bonus.
4. Socialising – It’s good to get out there some mates and swap stories when you’re mountain biking or whatever. It’s good to have people to compare notes with.
5. You can train with the dogs – Getting out and about anytime is good and I love getting outside with the dogs. It’s so awesome to watch the dogs loving being outside and charging around. Does your heart good.
Grand Prix of Canada – The Friday variables
Grand Prix of Canada
Montreal, 7th June 2013
ALONSO – chassis 299 MASSA – chassis 298
First Session P4 1:21.308 16 laps P11 1:23.341 13 laps
Weather: air 17°C, track 18°C. Cloudy, rain at the beginning
Second Session P1 1:14.818 48 laps P6 1:15.254 43 laps
Weather: air 18/19 °C, track 19/21 °C. Cloudy, light rain
“It was an untypical Friday, affected by the extremely changeable weather. We didn’t manage to complete our programme because the track was wet in the morning and so only tomorrow will we find out if the updates we tested here produce a real performance evolution. It was very important that we try them just as it was also important to try the new Pirelli tyres. Felipe and I made different choices for the long runs and this is another reason why we will have to wait for the outcome of qualifying to understand more. The only certainty is that we must ensure we make the right decisions, because today we saw how getting a clean lap depends a lot on the time you make the decision and what track conditions are like at that moment. We can expect a very complicated weekend, because the weather is due to remain changeable right up to Sunday and judging the grip level will be difficult, both in qualifying and in the race”.
“Today, it was a case of working for just half a day, because in the morning, the rain meant we could only do a small number of laps. Therefore, the bulk of the work, given over to evaluating the tyres and new parts brought for this race, had all to be squeezed into the afternoon session. Now we will have a busy time analysing all the data we gathered to try and understand which of the updates could be used in the next couple of days. If it does not rain tomorrow, then the track conditions will be completely different and that means we must be ready to tackle whatever situation could arise”.
“As every Friday, today too we had a particularly busy day’s work in prospect, as it is now a tradition on the first day to reconcile working on developing the car with the usual race weekend programme of comparing tyres and finding the best set-up. Given the forecast, we were ready for any eventuality the rain could have thrown at us. At one point in FP1, it wasn’t wet enough to use the Intermediate, nor dry enough for the Medium and at that moment we therefore preferred to wait for conditions to improve: in the final minutes we managed to go out on the experimental tyres Pirelli brought here in preparation for the British Grand Prix and we also ended the session with a few laps on the Medium. We knew we wouldn’t get a clear enough comparison in terms of pure performance and therefore we worked mainly on different aerodynamic configurations. Making the most of the time available we did a comparison for the two nominated tyres for this race, the Medium and the Supersoft, and gathered important data which we will now use to find the best balance on the car for Sunday’s race”.
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
2013 CANADIAN GRAND PRIX – FREE PRACTICE
“A limited dataset ahead of tomorrow’s running”
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Friday June 7
- FP1 1m21.108s (+0.088s) 20 laps 2nd
- FP2 1m15.422s (+0.604s) 29 laps 9th
“I think we’re a little nearer to the front than we’ve been in the past – the times are very close – but it’ll be the usual front-running cars who set the pace this weekend.
“We needed everything to be reliable today, but I only managed three laps on my high-fuel run before I had a problem with the gearbox. That was a pity because it meant we didn’t get the long-run information we were after. In fact, we had a similar issue last year, when I also had a gearbox problem on the Friday. In 2012, I had a difficult race with rear graining.
“Nonetheless, the positive from today is that each car was running a very different set-up, so at least we gathered lots of good information. We’ll go away and study that tonight ahead of tomorrow’s sessions.
“I’m hoping the conditions will stay mixed for tomorrow – if they do, I think we’ll be able to make the best of it.”
- FP1 1m22.587s (+1.567s) 17 laps 8th
- FP2 1m15.661s (+0.843s) 39 laps 12th
“We encountered some very tricky conditions out there today. This morning’s session, when it started damp and slowly dried, was particularly difficult. The rain that fell during this afternoon’s long-run didn’t help, either.
“We’re still lacking overall performance to the frontrunners; but anything can happen here, especially in the conditions we saw today, which were extremely varied.
“If tomorrow is as wet as today, everyone will go into Sunday without any proper long-running under their belts – that could make the race a big surprise for everybody.”
MARTIN WHITMARSH Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
“It’s been a tricky day. It was a little bit frustrating for both the drivers and the engineers that they weren’t able to perform all the tests they wanted today. We had a lot of work, and a variety of tests, to do, but the conditions made that difficult. We got as much done as possible, but we’ve still only got a limited dataset to analyse ahead of tomorrow.
“Still, the weather equally disadvantaged everyone hoping to get some meaningful running on a dry track.
“We’re not as strong as we want to be – we’ve got bits and pieces of data to study – but we’ll still do the best job we can.”
Lotus F1 Team
Romain Grosjean ended the first day of practice for the Canadian Grand Prix with the third fastest time, whilst team-mate Kimi Räikkönen – fifth fastest in the morning – saw his afternoon session curtailed as the team investigated a brake issue on his E21.
The morning session saw a damp but drying circuit, with afternoon running conducted in cool, dry conditions. Pirelli’s wet and intermediate tyres were used in the morning; the medium, super soft and developmental medium compound dry tyres in the afternoon.
Technical programme notes:
Both drivers ran with new, Montréal downforce level front and rear wing specifications today
Pirelli’s wet (blue), intermediate (green) and medium compound dry (white) tyres were used in the morning session, the medium, developmental medium and super soft (red) in the afternoon
Kimi had a brake issue in the afternoon which ended his session early
What we learned today:
The Montréal-spec front and rear wings and related aero package work well
The E21 looks good in damp conditions but did not display its customary high-fuel pace
Kimi Räikkönen, E21-03
Free practice 1: P5, 1:21.608, 22 laps
Free practice 2: P11, 1:15.599, 35 laps
“We improved the car through the day”
Kimi: “We improved the car through the day and by the end of the session it was ok; not ideal but certainly not a disaster either. It wasn’t easy to get the tyres up to temperature today, but it’s pretty cold at the circuit so that’s not too much of a surprise. If we can get the tyres working better it will be an improvement for sure, but it’s not going to change the world. We’ll be looking at how to get them a bit warmer for qualifying tomorrow and then see what the weather does. After that, we’ll do the best we can.”
Romain Grosjean, E21-02
Free practice 1: P3, 1:21.258, 21 laps
Free practice 2: P3, 1:15.083, 40 laps
“It’s quite hard to get the tyres switched on in these conditions”
“It was more or less a normal Friday for us. This morning was obviously a wet session so we worked on setup for those conditions, then in the afternoon we tested the prototype tyres and completed some long runs. It’s quite hard to get the tyres switched on in these conditions as the surface here is very smooth, so with low temperatures it’s a bit more tricky to build up the energy in the rubber; more so with the mediums but even with the super softs. It’s meant to be quite warm on Sunday which is always a good thing for us, so we’ll try to get the maximum from the car in qualifying tomorrow and go from there.”
Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director:
“We’re fairly happy with our single lap pace, but we weren’t as comfortable as we usually are on high fuel levels”
“We’re fairly happy with our single lap pace, but we weren’t as comfortable as we usually are on high fuel levels. Both drivers also complained about a lack of tyre temperature, but with warmer temperatures forecast for Sunday this shouldn’t be too much to worry about. We didn’t learn too much in the morning in the damp conditions, other than getting some worthwhile laps on the intermediate tyres to ensure we’re happy in case of a wet qualifying session. In the afternoon we ran all three types of dry tyre – including the developmental spec – so we’ve got a good amount of data to collate overnight. Kimi’s session ended early as we made a precautionary stop related to the rear brakes, but it’s nothing of concern for the rest of the weekend.”
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team
Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg completed the first two practice sessions for the Canadian Grand Prix today, ending the day in second and fifth places respectively.
Nico and Lewis ran nearly two race distances during today’s practice sessions, completing a total of 134 laps
Both drivers ran competitively in the wet and damp conditions, as well as showing strongly on the dry tyres this afternoon
Nico completed a 17 lap run this afternoon on the option tyre, the team’s longest single run of the day
Drivers No. Chassis No. Practice 1 Practice 2
- Lewis Hamilton 10 F1 W04 / 04 21 laps 1:25.054 P16 45 laps 1:14.830 P2
- Nico Rosberg 9 F1 W04 / 03 22 laps 1:22.402 P7 46 laps 1:15.249 P5
- Weather Wet morning, drier afternoon
- Temperatures Air: 15-17 °C Track: 15-20 °C
Today has gone pretty well for us and I’m pleased that it dried out this afternoon so we could get some decent running in. The track is definitely not at its full potential yet but we were able to start analysing the tyres over longer runs and work on getting them up to speed for the first lap. The car felt pretty good today and I tried a couple of different things over the two sessions which made me feel a little more comfortable so that’s positive. Hopefully it will be dry for qualifying tomorrow and we can have a strong day.
The first session was interesting and we learned a lot when the track was drying out. This afternoon, we wanted to learn how the new development tyre works: I had some problems warning up the fronts and also flat-spotted them on my run. All in all, it was a decent day, although I need to see how the long-run pace compared to the others. The track was very cool today and pretty challenging, but I felt very comfortable in both conditions. So hopefully this will be a good weekend for us again.
It was nice to get back to racing today and we had a good session this afternoon in particular, completing the work we wanted to do. Fortunately, the circuit dried out this afternoon which allowed everybody to run the development tyres, and our first impressions were positive. We ran our normal programme when the conditions allowed, although it was somewhat abbreviated because we had to pack our work into a single session, and like our rivals we got some good high-fuel running done towards the end of the afternoon. Of course, today’s running was not entirely representative because the conditions were cool and the track green, so that makes it an added challenge to extrapolate what we will need in terms of set-up for Sunday. That will be a nice engineering challenge, especially if it turns out wet tomorrow, as predicted.
We showed a solid level of performance today on both the short and long runs. The first indications are good for the weekend, although we should also be realistic that the cool temperatures probably suited us, too. A positive first day overall, which we need to build on overnight to ensure we are competitive in both qualifying and the race.
Sauber F1 Team
- Canadian Grand Prix – Practice – Friday, 07.06.2013
- Weather: light rain, then dry and cloudy, 16-17°C air, 15-20°C track
The first two free practice sessions at the Canadian Grand Prix were not perfect for the Sauber F1 Team. Due to rain in the first session, the team could not complete the testing programme as planned. Esteban Gutiérrez took this opportunity to gain experience in a Formula One car in different weather conditions. The second session saw Nico Hülkenberg struggling due to a build problem on his car.
- Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 01/Ferrari 056)
- 1st Practice: 17th / 1:25.354 min (22 laps) / 2nd Practice 18th / 1:16.929 min (35 laps)
“It was a difficult Friday. The rain this morning didn’t allow us to run through our programme as planned. It’s extremely difficult to test new parts, especially the new tyre compound, in these conditions. Despite the rain that was forecast, FP2 was dry. The afternoon, however, was also difficult. The car felt undriveable and mid-session we found a set-up error. But even after we corrected that, we still had difficulties. I am not happy with the current set-up, we have to improve that and have quite a bit of work to do before tomorrow.”
- Sauber C32-Ferrari (Chassis 03/Ferrari 056)
- 1st Practice: 15th / 1:23.957 min (33 laps) / 2nd Practice 17th / 1:16.475 min (45 laps)
“All in all we tested a lot of different set-ups today so we could find the right balance. But it’s quite evident we need to find a lot more speed. We are definitely not where we want to be and we need to work as a team to improve and have a better overall speed. The track is really fun to dive on in a Formula One car – I like it a lot. You can attack the kerbs, you have the high-speed braking and it’s a good challenge overall. The change of weather conditions has actually been good. It was important to gain experience on the intermediate tyres. The forecast is still unsettled, and I think we are more competitive in the wet.”
Tom McCullough, Head of Track Engineering:
“The wet free practice one session was not ideal but we elected to give the drivers as much experience as possible in those conditions, as the forecast is still unsettled for the rest of the weekend. FP2 was difficult for us as a session. We had some build problems with Nico’s car at the start, which took a while to get sorted. The high fuel run performance was stronger, but there is still a lot of work to do. For the first time here in a Formula 1 car, Esteban did a good job getting lots of experience on a challenging track. There is a lot of work to do before qualifying tomorrow.”
Sahara Force India F1 Team
2013 Formula 1 Grand Prix Du Canada, Free Practice Report
Sahara Force India started its 100th Grand Prix in style as Paul Di Resta topped the timesheets during a damp morning session. A dry afternoon saw teammate Adrian Sutil finish his day inside the top ten.
Paul Di Resta VJM06-04
- FP1: 1:21.020 P1 10 laps
- FP2: 1:15.855 P13 22 laps
Paul: “We were quite cautious with the wet weather this morning and we only fitted the dry tyres for the last few minutes of the session. Before that I had a good run on the intermediates and felt happy with the performance – probably the most comfortable I’ve felt on the intermediates this year. So overall we didn’t look too bad in the damp conditions. The afternoon was a case of getting through the dry tyre programme and trying to find the right car balance. Unfortunately things were cut short with the electrical issue, so I didn’t do the long runs we had planned for the final part of the session.”
Adrian Sutil VJM06-03
- FP1: 1:23.417 P14 19 laps
- FP2: 1:15.396 P8 43 laps
Adrian: “We had lots of different track conditions today, but the car was quick in both sessions. The wet morning gave us a chance to improve our performance on the intermediates and the car felt good. In the dry this afternoon the main issue was warming up the front tyres, especially the medium tyres. On the supersofts there was much better grip and the long runs seemed quite competitive so it feels as though we are at our usual level here. Tonight we just need to work on making the car more consistent.”
Jakob Andreasen, Chief Race Engineer
“Despite the mixed conditions we’ve come through today pretty well. The wet weather programmes this morning were productive and both drivers feel we’ve made progress with our performance on the intermediate tyre. The dry afternoon gave us a chance to fit the new prototype medium tyre before we switched to the regular compounds for the majority of the session. An electrical issue for Paul interrupted the afternoon and cost him the final half hour of running, but Adrian was able to get the long run data we needed. In terms of performance, the car is working well whatever the conditions, so it’s just a case of seeing what the weather delivers for tomorrow and Sunday.”
Canadian GP Practice
Objectives: Aero evaluations, set-up work and tyre testing.
Mike Coughlan, Technical Director: We couldn’t complete our full test programme during FP1 due to the wet weather, so we just did some limited running to get a feel for the car. We had an incident towards the end of the session with Pastor hitting the wall after running off line on a drying track and damaging the nose and front wing. He didn’t damage any of the parts we were planning to carry through to qualifying though so it didn’t compromise us too much. In FP2 we got straight to work with both cars on different rear wing configurations with Valtteri also doing some front wing comparisons while Pastor completed some tyre work. Our main limitation in the conditions today was getting the tyres up to temperature quickly enough. Once everything was up to temperature the car looked better so that is something we will be looking at tonight.
Pastor Maldonado: The conditions were tough this morning. There was a dry line towards the end of FP1 but on cold tyres I put a wheel off-line and I crashed. This afternoon was better as we completed our full programme, however, we still need to work to get a better feeling in the car and we need to focus on getting the tyres working quicker. Despite the changeable conditions we managed to get a lot of data today which we can assess ahead of tomorrow’s qualifying.
Valtteri Bottas: The first session was quite tricky for everyone and difficult to test anything even as the track was drying out towards the end. This afternoon was good for us though as we did a number of both short and long runs gathering a lot of data. Nevertheless it’s difficult to see where we are from today’s sessions. It’s the first time I’ve driven here in Montreal and it was good to get the mileage in and I certainly enjoy the layout. Overall I’m feeling positive after today, but we still need to look through the data before we decide which parts and set-up options to run for the rest of the weekend.
Scuderia Toro Rosso
2013 CANADA GRAND PRIX – FRIDAY 07/06/2013
Daniel Ricciardo (STR8-04)
- First Practice Session
- Best lap: 1:22.068, pos. 6th, 18 laps
- Second Practice Session
- Best lap: 1:15.566, pos. 10th, 38 laps
“In the wet this morning, we didn’t look too bad, even if you always feel you could be quicker. We seemed to be where we should in the mid field and I was pleased with the way the car went straight out of the box, so that’s always good when you don’t have the feeling you are going to need to create a whole new race car to be on the pace. In the dry in the afternoon, after my first couple of runs on the prototype and the Prime, I felt we could get more out of the car, so we made a fairly big change which I think worked in our favour. I was quite pleased with my Option run but we still have some work to do, as there is more to come. Overall, a good Friday, a good start to the weekend.”
Jean-Eric Vergne (STR8-03)
- First Practice Session
- Best lap: 1:23.386, pos. 13th, 19 laps
- Second Practice Session
- Best lap: 1:16.351, pos. 15th, 38 laps
“The morning session was useful in terms of learning how the extremes and intermediates behave, as we might have more wet weather in the next two days. The car responded well in the wet. In the afternoon, we did the usual Friday job of evaluating tyres and so on. I was not so happy with the way my car was behaving, so we need to look at the data now and fix it. We seem to be roughly where we should be, so as long as we can make progress tomorrow, we can have a good weekend.”
Laurent Mekies (Head of Vehicle Performance): “We actually ended up with more dry running than we had expected today and that was a bit of a bonus. In the rain in the morning, we were able to get a good impression of running in these conditions, which is important given that the forecast is for more rain over the weekend. In the afternoon, we ran our usual tyre comparison, while evaluating different set-ups across both cars. I think overall, we are reasonably happy with our day, having got through our programme, with both cars running trouble-free. As usual, there is a big pack of cars in the midfield, but we have started the weekend on a good footing and, if we put everything together tonight, we can move forward tomorrow and be fully in the fight with our competitors.”
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FP1: Overcast, wet track at start and drying out through session; min / max track temp 15° – 16°, air temp 15° – 16°
FP2: Overcast, dry; track temp 19°, air temp 17°
Fastest laps / positions:
FP1: VDG 1.25.753, 18th / RSS 1.27.143, 20th
FP2: PIC 1.17.236, 20th / VDG 1.18.392, 22nd
FP1: VDG 21 / RSS 20
FP2: PIC 35 / VDG 39
Alexander Rossi, car #20, chassis CT03-#06
1002 – 1005: Run 1, installation lap, 1 lap (wet tyres)
1035 – 1047: Run 2, 7 laps (wet tyres)
Changes: rear wing, front / rear ride height, front wing flap angle
1102 – 1113: Run 3, 6 laps (intermediate tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle
1122 – 1133: Run 4, 6 laps (medium tyres)
Charles Pic, car #20, chassis CT03-#04
1402 – 1411: Run 1, 6 laps (medium tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle, rear brake duct blanking
1420 – 1430: Run 2, 7 laps (medium tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle, rear brake duct blanking
1440 – 1450: Run 3, 6 laps (medium tyres)
Changes: front brake duct blanking, front anti-roll bar
1459 – 1508: Run 4, 6 laps (supersoft tyres)
1518 – 1532: Run 5, 10 laps (supersoft tyres)
Giedo van der Garde, car #21, chassis CT03-#04
1003 – 1007: Run 1, installation lap, 1 lap (wet tyres)
Changes: front brake duct blanking
1035 – 1046: Run 2, 7 laps (wet tyres)
Changes: rear wing, front wing flap angle, brake balance, front brake duct blanking
1101 – 1111: Run 3, 6 laps (intermediate tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle, front brake duct blanking
1121 – 1132: Run 4, 7 laps (medium tyres)
1402 – 1414: Run 1, 8 laps (medium tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle, brake balance, rear brake blanking, front torsion bar
1425 – 1434: Run 2, 6 laps (supersoft tyres)
Changes: front / rear brake duct blanking
1441 – 1457: Run 3, 11 laps (medium tyres)
Changes: front wing flap angle, rear brake duct blanking
1510 – 1532: Run 4, 14 laps (supersoft tyres)
Alexander Rossi: “It was great to get back into F1 action and to do so in Canada, at a track I’ve raced and won at in the past in Formula BMW, was a good feeling. We’ve been keeping an eye on the weather forecasts for the last week, so we knew it was going to be wet, but it was still good experience to run on wets, inters and slicks, giving me the chance to try out the full range of tyres that I haven’t driven before in F1. After the installation lap I wanted to go straight back out again as, for me, moving up from GP2 grip levels to F1, even though the track was wet to start with, there was still so much more grip than I’m used to that I wanted to get on with it, but the main thing today was working to the plan and that’s exactly what we did.
“Now it’s straight back to Europe for the next ‘first’ for me this year, Le Mans. The plan is all focused on F1 but I’m excited about adding endurance racing to my CV and I’m with an experienced team, with a number of people from Caterham who I know and have already worked with, so I know we can put in a good performance. It’s another learning curve, but, like today in the wet / dry conditions, I know how to adapt to what’s in front of me and that’ll come in very handy for my Le Mans experience.”
Charles Pic: “I’m reasonably pleased with how FP2 went. On my first run the car had too much understeer so we tried a couple of aero and mechanical changes for the next runs and by run four, on the supersofts, we’d found a good balance, one I could start to push with. We might have gone a little too far on the front as the car was turning in well by the last run, but we lost a bit of mid-corner stability so we’ll have to look at that tonight and see where we can improve tomorrow. On the long runs the deg levels and pace looked ok on both compounds but Sunday’s going to be hotter than either Friday or Saturday, which will suit us more, so even if we don’t find another good step before Sunday, I think we can maintain the race pace we’ve shown since Bahrain.”
Giedo van der Garde: “FP1 was a bit like being back in Monaco! Wet to start with, then onto inters and then slicks and I have to say it was pretty good to be driving out there in conditions that kept changing.
“Both sessions for me were dominated by understeer, but towards the end of FP2 we’d found a really good setup on the long runs. I didn’t have a clean go at the performance run, but on both compounds on heavy fuel I was really enjoying driving the car. There was a bit of power understeer coming in but it wasn’t really damaging the tyres too much so it looks like we’ve found a good direction for Sunday.
“We also tried our new traffic light pitstop system for the first time today and that’s another good sign of how the whole team keeps making progress. In the last couple of races I’ve been able to show how much more confidence I have in the car and my own performance, and, as a rookie, when you see the team investing in something like the traffic light system, something that will help us perform even better in the races, it all adds to the confidence levels. Bearing in mind it’s the first time we’ve ever used it the system worked really well, and talking to the boys, it’s clear they’re pumped about having something that can help them perform better on race day – it all makes this a good place to be working right now!”
Marussia F1 Team
- Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada 2013 – Free Practice 1 & 2
- Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal
- Friday 7 June 2013
- BIANCHI MR02-02 FP1 P22 1:29.306 8 laps FP2 P19 1:17.070 41 laps
- CHILTON MR02-03 FP1 P19 1:25.821 19 laps FP2 P21 1:17.888 45 laps
The opening Free Practice sessions of the Canadian Grand Prix weekend got off to a damp start this morning as one of the Formula 1 fraternity’s favoured venues delivered wet, cool and cloudy conditions at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
For both Marussia F1 Team drivers, today was their debut foray on this demanding 4.361km low-medium downforce circuit. This morning, Max Chilton enjoyed a positive session of aerodynamic testing, albeit frustrated by having to tread carefully on the intermediate tyre to begin with and then with the subsequent changeover to the Pirelli prototype slicks. He ended the FP1 session in P19. Team-mate Jules Bianchi ran wide in turn 3 in the slippery conditions early on in the session, ending up on the escape road. He was forced to switch the car off when the temperatures escalated and he had to sit out the remainder of the session. Damage sustained within the gearbox as he attempted to get back on track meant that his car necessitated a gearbox change over the lunch break.
This afternoon, the Team were able to work through the main race preparation programme with some more comprehensive evaluations of the tyres and brakes, with Jules and Max making good progress to finish in 19th and 21st positions respectively.
Jules Bianchi #22
“The track conditions were very tricky at the start of FP1 and unfortunately I got caught out on a damp section of the track. I had completed just 8 laps, which was very frustrating because this is a new circuit for me and we also had a busy aero programme to get through this morning. I’m pleased that I have been able to recover the ground we lost and happy with how we end this first day of running. I really like my first taste of this track, so it’s a shame that it wasn’t such a smooth start but I think we are back in a good place for the rest of the weekend.”
Max Chilton #23
“So far so good on my first outing at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. It’s a great track; I love it. This morning our running was subject to the steadily improving conditions. We had some aero work to do on the prototype tyres so that we could press on with preparing for the race this afternoon. We managed to condense that so that we achieved everything we needed to and we end the day’s running with plenty of data to look over this evening. These are never the best conditions to get your first taste of a new track but I’m comfortable with where we are so far and looking forward to the rest of the weekend.”
John Booth, Team Principal
“We came to Canada with a number of mechanical updates to try on the car in FP1, along with a desire to understand as much as possible about the prototype tyres which Pirelli have brought here. Unfortunately, the weather conditions in FP1 curtailed a lot of this work, including some of the evaluations of the revised exhaust parts we have introduced. This means that much of this work has now been delayed until Silverstone, owing to the fact that the dry running in FP2 needed to be devoted to evaluating the tyres and brakes for this event. Jules obviously missed a significant proportion of running in FP1, which was far from ideal. His crew worked well to change his gearbox in time for FP2 and he had a very productive session. Max had a great Friday, covering the majority of his programme and he seems to be fairly happy with the balance of his car. With both cars we are pleased with our progress so far. As is always the case in Canada, brakes will form an important part of our data analysis work tonight and decisions on what specifications we will run going forwards, however we feel relatively confident that in all areas we seem to be on top of things.”
2013 Canadian Grand Prix – Practice Sessions
TEAMS TEST PIRELLI’S NEW REAR TYRE CONSTRUCTION IN CANADA
The teams had their first taste of the new type of Pirelli tyre today, with two sets of an experimental medium tyre using a new Aramide rear construction allocated to each driver for Friday’s two free practice sessions. As usual, they also had this weekend’s two nominated compounds at their disposal: P Zero White medium and P Zero Red supersoft, in original 2013 specification.
Rain in the first free practice session during the morning meant that teams only got around 20 minutes of dry running at the very end of the hour and a half. Up to then, the Cinturato Green intermediates and to a lesser extent the Cinturato Blue wets had been used, with Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne the first to sample the new slicks. Force India’s Paul di Resta put in a quick lap on the medium tyres to set the fastest time before a yellow flag effectively ended the session.
The afternoon remained cool but was much drier, with the cars lapping five seconds faster than they had been in the morning. Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso set the fastest time of the weekend so far on the supersoft tyre: 1m14.818s – half a second faster than the equivalent time last year. Friday’s most consistent driver was Lotus’s Romain Grosjean, who was third-quickest in both sessions.
Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery said: “The rain in the morning meant that the drivers didn’t really get to assess the new construction of the rear as thoroughly as they would have liked to, but initial feedback has been positive. We’ll be analyzing a lot more data about this new construction over the next few days before drawing a final conclusion, but we don’t expect this to be a massive change. It’s only a minor alteration to ensure that none of the previous delaminations – which do not impact on safety – recur, and it doesn’t affect the fundamental characteristics, performance or durability of the tyre. Canada is always one of the most challenging circuits for the tyres, because of the layout of the track and also the heavy braking, which puts plenty of heat into them. Conditions today could well be representative of what we have in the race, with around 17 degrees ambient and track temperature, and we’ve seen good durability and performance from both compounds so far – with little graining despite the cool temperatures. It’s hard to make a prediction about the number of pit stops at this point because the track is still very green and there are so many variables here, but we’ve seen some long runs from the supersoft in practice with no significant drop-off in performance, so this certainly looks set to be the tyre to qualify on tomorrow.”
Fastest tyre of the day:
|1.Di Resta||1m21.020s||Medium New||1.Alonso||1m14.818s||Supersoft New|
|2.Button||1m21.108s||Medium New||2.Hamilton||1m14.830s||Supersoft New|
|3.Grosjean||1m21.258s||Medium New||3.Grosjean||1m15.083s||Supersoft New|
Tyre statistics of the day:
|kms driven *||2,210||1,426||985||152|
|sets used overall **||48||28||22||21|
|highest number of laps **||29||22||20||8|
* The above number gives the total amount of kilometres driven in FP1 and FP2 today, all drivers combined.
** Per compound, all drivers combined.
May the Force be with you:
|Max. g-force braking (longitudinal force):||-4.27 @ T10|
|Max. g-force cornering (lateral force):||4.12 @ T3|
Pirelli fact of the day:
Montreal has the lowest pit stop time loss of the year, with the cars losing just 16 seconds from the beginning to the end of the pit lane. This encourages many of the drivers to opt for a ‘sprint’ strategy with a high number of pit stops, particularly if the car is fast anyway. The high probability of a safety car means that a flexible strategy can often win the race, making the task of formulating the strategy even more complex for the engineers.
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