CANADA GP – FRIDAY PRACTICE RESULTS
In the second free practice session for Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix, Scuderia Ferrari continued a busy programme of evaluation of the latest updates fitted to the F14 T, which got underway this morning. In the second 90 minutes of the day, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen split the work, the Finn trying parts the Spaniard had used in the morning and vice versa.
Having solved the problems that had slowed him in the morning, Kimi set the fourth fastest time of 1.16.648 on the Supersofts, 53 thousandths quicker than Fernando who was fifth. Raikkonen completed 31 laps, Alonso 27. The Mercedes duo were quickest, with Lewis Hamilton posting a 1.16.118 and Nico Rosberg doing a 1.16.293. Sebastian Vettel was third for Red Bull in 1.16.573. Behind the Prancing Horse duo came Massa, Bottas and Magnussen.
Like most teams, Scuderia Ferrari spent the final thirty minutes of the session working on a long run test, in preparation for the race. Here again, the two men split the workload, with Alonso starting off on the Supersoft tyres, while Raikkonen opted for the Soft, before switching to the softer compound at the end. As usual, Saturday’s programme features the third free practice session in the morning, with qualifying taking place in the afternoon.
The Finn also suffered a spin after losing his Ferrari on the power at the exit of the hairpin while on super-softs, although this was after he had posted his quickest time.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap Laps 1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m16.118s 42 2. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m16.293s +0.175s 39 3. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m16.573s +0.455s 26 4. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m16.648s +0.530s 31 5. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m16.701s +0.583s 27 6. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m16.774s +0.656s 37 7. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m16.893s +0.775s 37 8. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m17.052s +0.934s 42 9. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m17.059s +0.941s 38 10. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m17.180s +1.062s 40 11. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m17.626s +1.508s 28 12. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m17.644s +1.526s 36 13. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m17.712s +1.594s 35 14. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m17.819s +1.701s 33 15. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m17.868s +1.750s 27 16. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m17.964s +1.846s 47 17. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m18.340s +2.222s 43 18. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m18.693s +2.575s 34 19. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m18.732s +2.614s 9 20. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m20.244s +4.126s 38 21. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m22.418s +6.300s 13 22. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m32.127s +16.009s 3
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Kimi Raikkonen: “Like every Friday, today’s programme centred on looking at different set-ups in the first session and a race simulation with both compounds in the second one. This morning, because of a problem on my car, I was unable to run as much as planned and that’s never a good thing, because getting in plenty of laps is very important. Thanks to speedy work from the team, in the afternoon, we managed to make up for the run lost in the morning and even if it’s too early to make predictions, overall, it didn’t go badly and by the end of the day my feeling with the car had improved. I am still not 100% happy with the handling of the F14 T, but I am sure that an analysis of the data we gathered will point us in the right direction for qualifying and the race.”
Pat Fry: “We had a particularly busy day in our garage today. What might have looked like two normal practice sessions were actually particularly demanding for the engineers and mechanics, because of several problems, albeit small ones, that affected the running of our programme. However, the number of laps completed by both drivers was enough to get the necessary information to carry out the job of fine tuning the cars. There were two sides to the programme, evaluating the updates introduced for this race and comparing the two compounds, the Soft and Supersoft, brought here by Pirelli. As usual here in Canada, the track is very dirty and that affects grip levels. On this front, we can expect a significant improvement over the course of the weekend. We have to keep that in mind when working on set-up and also when assessing tyre degradation. This latter factor, along with managing fuel consumption, will play an important part in qualifying and in the race, given that temperatures are expected to rise over Saturday and again on Sunday. It’s always difficult to make predictions on Friday because the relative performance level of the teams has yet to be assessed. We will try and give Kimi and Fernando the best possible package and then we will see what results that can deliver.”
The first free practice session this Friday of the Canadian Grand Prix was a busy one for Scuderia Ferrari. There were various new parts to evaluate on the F14 Ts. Fernando Alonso was fastest in 1.17.238, while Kimi Raikkonen was ninth with a 1.18.578.
Fernando had a trouble free session, covering 21 laps in his F14 T. Kimi Raikkonen had a glitch to deal with, unable to use the power unit to its full extent at the start of the session. The Finn completed 15 laps.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps 1. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m17.238s 21 2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m17.254s +0.016s 25 3. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m17.384s +0.146s 32 4. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m18.131s +0.893s 28 5. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m18.361s +1.123s 20 6. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m18.435s +1.197s 26 7. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m18.446s +1.208s 33 8. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m18.514s +1.276s 31 9. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m18.578s +1.340s 15 10. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m18.643s +1.405s 14 11. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m18.733s +1.495s 30 12. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m18.959s +1.721s 22 13. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m19.108s +1.870s 24 14. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m19.142s +1.904s 32 15. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m19.177s +1.939s 21 16. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m19.340s +2.102s 37 17. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m19.575s +2.337s 7 18. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m19.804s +2.566s 15 19. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m20.200s +2.962s 15 20. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m20.844s +3.606s 26 21. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m21.404s +4.166s 33 22. Alexander Rossi Caterham-Renault 1m21.757s +4.519s 27