It was in a very political context that the first free practice sessions of the Canadian F1 Grand Prix began. In fact, the FIA has announced measures to limit the porridge and bounces of 2022 cars, which will have an impact on the work, configuration and, obviously, the performance of each team.
We’ve also seen Mercedes F1 inaugurate an impressive notch on Lewis Hamilton’s floor, a solution that George Russell didn’t embark on. Before the start of the weekend, the seven-time world champion announced that he was going to try an “extreme” solution for EL1 and EL2.
The session, the first F1 race in Montreal since the 2019 Canadian GP, took place under the sun at the start, and mostly dry, but with an impressive wind. The Gilles Villeneuve Circuit was hit yesterday by heavy rains that had partially flooded the pit lane.
Sergio Pérez set a first benchmark in medium tires in 1’16 “5. Max Verstappen improved in 1’15” 799, then almost immediately accelerated in 1’15 “703. Pérez regained control in 1 ‘ 15 “660, while Esteban Ocon returned to the pits with the brakes smoking. In fact, a plastic bag was placed on his right front spoon, preventing any cooling.
Then Carlos Sainz set the fastest time with the soft tires, with a time of 1’15 “404, before Verstappen regained the lead in 1’15” 158, also with the soft tires. Charles Leclerc occupied the fourth provisional position.
Lance Stroll complained about a downhill problem, while Yuki Tsunoda, who will start at the back of the grid, hit the wall lightly with his right rear wheel. The session was studious so that the pilots could take advantage of their new findings and new configurations, in order to limit the bounces and their amplitude.
Despite complaints about his Red Bull rebound, Verstappen kept his best time ahead of Sainz, who complained about the rear tires destroyed at the end of his long average time. Fernando Alonso was third, with a time with medium tires. He is ahead of Pérez and Leclerc, followed by George Russell, Stroll, Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo.
The first Frenchman, Pierre Gasly, is 11th ahead of Lando Norris and Alex Albon. Tsunoda is ahead of Ocon and Alfa Romeo, while Haas F1 drivers Mick Schumacher ahead of Kevin Magnussen frame Nicholas Latifi at the bottom of the standings.
|01||Max Verstappen||Red Bull RBPT RB18||1: 15.158||27|
|02||carlos sainz||Ferrari F1-75||1: 15,404||34|
|03||Fernando Alonso||Alpine Renault A522||1: 15.531||31|
|04||Sergio Pérez||Red Bull RBPT RB18||1: 15,619||32|
|05||Charles Leclerc||Ferrari F1-75||1: 15.666||30|
|06||george russell||Mercedes W13||1: 15.822||29|
|07||Passeig de Llança||Aston Martin Mercedes AMR22||1: 15.877||32|
|08||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes W13||1: 15.877||27|
|09||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin Mercedes AMR22||1: 16.041||33|
|10||Daniel Ricciardo||McLaren Mercedes MCL36||1: 16.083||29|
|11||Pierre Gasly||AlphaTauri RBPT AT03||1: 16.165||29|
|12||Lando Norris||McLaren Mercedes MCL36||1: 16.211||17|
|13||Alex Albon||Williams Mercedes FW44||1: 16.308||29|
|14||Yuki Tsunoda||AlphaTauri RBPT AT03||1: 16.322||33|
|15||Esteban Ocon||Alpine Renault A522||1: 16.421||26|
|16||Valtteri Bottas||Alfa Romeo Ferrari C42||1: 16.426||27|
|17||Guanyu-Zhou||Alfa Romeo Ferrari C42||1: 17.152||30|
|18||Mick Schumacher||Haas Ferrari VF-22||1: 17.223||29|
|19||Nicolau Latifi||Williams Mercedes FW44||1: 17.241||33|
|20||Kevin Magnussen||Haas Ferrari VF-22||1: 17.555||31|