Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso narrowly beat Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes to the fastest time in Friday practice for the Canadian Grand Prix.
A totally dry afternoon session allowed teams to get on with the work stymied by morning rain, including testing the development Pirelli tyres, modified to try to eliminate recent delamination issues.
Lotus’ 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
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m14.818s 48 2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m14.830s + 0.012s 45 3. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m15.083s + 0.265s 40 4. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m15.212s + 0.394s 46 5. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m15.249s + 0.431s 46 6. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m15.254s + 0.436s 43 7. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m15.280s + 0.462s 41 8. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m15.396s + 0.578s 43 9. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m15.422s + 0.604s 29 10. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m15.566s + 0.748s 38 11. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m15.599s + 0.781s 35 12. Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1m15.661s + 0.843s 39 13. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m15.855s + 1.037s 22 14. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m16.319s + 1.501s 46 15. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m16.351s + 1.533s 38 16. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1m16.374s + 1.556s 40 17. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m16.475s + 1.657s 45 18. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1m16.929s + 2.111s 35 19. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1m17.070s + 2.252s 41 20. Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1m17.236s + 2.418s 35 21. Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1m17.888s + 3.070s 45 22. Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1m18.392s + 3.574s 39
@F1PitRadio Kimi, “My brake pedal is getting very softer” @f1zone Raikkonen struggling on options. Has locked up and run wide twice
Kimi Raikkonen: “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: “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, Lotus 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. 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.”