Canada Grand Prix – Friday Practice Results | Quotes

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Free Practice 2:

Another busy schedule of setup tweaks and tyre analysis set the tone for Free Practice 2 at the circuit Gilles-Villeneuve this afternoon, with Kimi and Romain continuing the extensive testing programme of the morning.

The rain which had threatened to wreak havoc during the second of today’s sessions never arrived, as the cool and overcast conditions from the morning remained giving the teams a consistent platform for data collection and setup testing.

As the green lights appeared signalling the start of afternoon running in Montréal, Kimi and Romain once again took to the circuit immediately to gain as much track time as possible – the Finn on a used set of super soft tyres, the Frenchman on scrubbed softs.

With the first runs completed – Kimi setting the early pace in the session – the 2007 World Champion joined his team-mate with a switch to the yellow marked soft compound Pirelli tyres as the pair continued to rack up the laps.

A distinct sense of déjà vu swept through the paddock shortly afterwards, as the red flags emerged for the second time of the day – this time for Bruno Senna’s Williams, which had suffered a heavy impact with the infamous ‘Wall of Champions’ on the exit of the final corner.

With running back underway, both Kimi and Romain headed back out for long runs on scrubbed sets of soft tyres, setting consistent if unspectacular times as the team sought to analyse the E20 rather than aiming for outright pace.

Perhaps the team’s Canadian Grand Prix Twitter campaign promoting #GroundHogDay as a tagline will prove to be rather apt this weekend, as a double dose of familiar happenings came in the form of the session’s final result.

As the afternoon’s running came to its conclusion, Kimi ended the day in P15 with a best time of 1:16.562 from 33 laps, while Romain crossed the line to finish narrowly ahead of his team-mate; his best effort of 1:16.360 from 29 laps good enough for P14.

 1.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes        1m15.259s            43
 2.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                 1m15.313s  + 0.054   36
 3.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                 1m15.410s  + 0.151   39
 4.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault        1m15.531s  + 0.272   44
 5.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes    1m15.544s  + 0.285   32
 6.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari          1m15.651s  + 0.392   37
 7.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes                1m15.697s  + 0.438   32
 8.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes    1m15.799s  + 0.540   39
 9.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes        1m15.812s  + 0.553   14
10.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                1m15.878s  + 0.619   40
11.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari          1m15.898s  + 0.639   38
12.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault        1m15.907s  + 0.648   41
13.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault        1m15.987s  + 0.728   39
14.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault           1m16.360s  + 1.101   29
15.  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault           1m16.562s  + 1.303   33
16.  Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault        1m16.981s  + 1.722   24
17.  Bruno Senna           Williams-Renault        1m17.022s  + 1.763   22
18.  Vitaly Petrov         Caterham-Renault        1m17.075s  + 1.816   41
19.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1m17.124s  + 1.865   41
20.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1m17.716s  + 2.457   34
21.  Pedro de la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth            1m18.908s  + 3.649   27
22.  Timo Glock            Marussia-Cosworth       1m19.084s  + 3.825   40
23.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth            1m19.378s  + 4.119   21
24.  Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth       1m19.902s  + 4.643   18

Lotus team quotes:

Kimi Raikkonen: “It was an okay day for us. We expected rain in the afternoon so we used the super soft tyres in the morning to make sure we could do some long runs, and we completed everything we needed to do today as the rain didn’t come until later. I’m not 100 percent happy with my setup and I think we’re missing a trick somewhere. It’s not a major issue, but I know we can go faster. Let’s see how it goes tomorrow, anything can happen and hopefully it’s a little warmer as that usually seems to help.”

Alan Permane, Lotus trackside operations director: “In FP1 we attempted to condense the programmes of both FP1 and FP2 into a single session. The red flag period interrupted this somewhat. Some of the expected rain came before the FP2 session, but not sufficiently to disrupt running so we were able to complete a good number of laps, despite another red flag period. We evaluated our new Montréal specification rear wing and ran race simulations. Our base setup appears to work solidly, with the Montréal specification rear wing delivering the expected performance. We are still working on refining the setup to ensure both drivers are happy. Our position in the times does not reflect our pace due to the different programme we ran today.”

James Allison, Lotus technical director: “We ran the option tyres in first practice with some high fuel loads. The rain held off so we ended up running just one set of tyres for second practice which is why our times looked a little bit slower than others’. Neither driver was 100 percent happy with their car, so we spent some time working with set-up changes. Romain felt his car was a little too biased to the front, but he was much happier with the changes made. Kimi paid attention to improving his car over the kerbs as it was a little bit too harsh to start with; steadily improving through the day. I’m confident our finishing positions in FP2 will not reflect where we’ll be in qualifying tomorrow.”

Free Practice 1 – Report:

Plenty of track time for Kimi and Romain during the opening session at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve this morning as preparations began for the weekend’s action.

Overcast but dry conditions kicked off running in Montréal this morning, with Lotus F1 Team opting for a condensed schedule; the focus on attaining as much data as possible during the opening session to counter the threat of rain this afternoon.

With this in mind, both E20’s departed their respective garages with just seconds elapsed in the session, both sporting matching sets of yellow marked soft compound Pirelli tyres for the install laps and opening stints.

With 10 minutes elapsed, Romain put in the fastest time of the early runners only to be ousted from top spot almost immediately by his team-mate. Slippery conditions on the green track surface were evident with the outside, with the nature of the circuit as a temporary street-based facility doubtless bringing significant track evolution over the course of the weekend.

25 minutes into the session and a few drops of rain began to fall, with Kimi in particular reporting a noticeable change to track conditions. This was demonstrated in heart-stopping fashion by Romain a few minutes later, as the Frenchman showed sharp reactions to catch a big slide through the third chicane.

Red flags interrupted proceedings with 40 minutes remaining as the Caterham of Heikki Kovalainen clipped the wall at the same spot which Romain had experienced a sideways moment minutes before. This came just at the wrong time for Kimi, who had just taken to the track for his first taste of the red marked super soft compound Pirelli tyres.

Frequent excursions onto the circuit by a variety of local wildlife failed to hinder progress for the remainder of the session, with Kimi and Romain racking up the laps on both tyre compounds while the mechanics relentlessly tweaked the cars in search of the ultimate setup.

As the chequered flag dropped to end the session, Kimi found himself in P15 with a best time of 1:17.014 from a mammoth total of 42 laps, while Romain just edged his team mate in P14 – his best effort of 1:16.890 coming from 36 laps.

 1.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes        1m15.564            30
 2.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault        1m15.682s  + 0.118  29
 3.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                1m15.782s  + 0.218  30
 4.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                 1m15.842s  + 0.278  34
 5.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault        1m15.897s  + 0.333  28
 6.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes    1m15.986s  + 0.422  29
 7.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari          1m16.000s  + 0.436  31
 8.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari          1m16.249s  + 0.685  32
 9.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes                1m16.264s  + 0.700  28
10.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes        1m16.347s  + 0.783  12
11.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes    1m16.460s  + 0.896  32
12.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                 1m16.619s  + 1.055  17
13.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault        1m16.859s  + 1.295  25
14.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault           1m16.890s  + 1.326  36
15.  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault           1m17.014s  + 1.450  41
16.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1m17.352s  + 1.788  28
17.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1m17.580s  + 2.016  31
18.  Vitaly Petrov         Caterham-Renault        1m17.935s  + 2.371  23
19.  Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault        1m18.177s  + 2.613  16
20.  Pedro de la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth            1m18.182s  + 2.618  26
21.  Bruno Senna           Williams-Renault        1m18.762s  + 3.198  36
22.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth            1m19.354s  + 3.790  23
23.  Timo Glock            Marussia-Cosworth       1m20.004s  + 4.440  21
24.  Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth       1m20.067s  + 4.503  23

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