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Friday analysis - Red Bull keep their cool in Montreal 11 Jun 2010

Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing RB6.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, Canadian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Montreal, Canada, Friday, 11 June 2010 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F10 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, Canadian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Montreal, Canada, Friday, 11 June 2010 Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes GP MGP W01.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, Canadian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Montreal, Canada, Friday, 11 June 2010 Jenson Button (GBR) McLaren.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, Canadian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Montreal, Canada, Friday, 11 June 2010 Karun Chandhok (IND) Hispania Racing F1 Team (HRT) HRTF1 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, Canadian Grand Prix, Practice Day, Montreal, Canada, Friday, 11 June 2010

Lower than expected ambient and track temperatures caused a lot of head-scratching on Friday afternoon in Canada as teams found Bridgestone’s super-soft option tyre sliding around and therefore graining badly because they could not generate their operating temperature, whereas the medium-compound primes had been fine in the morning. We take a team-by-team look at progress in Montreal ahead of this weekend’s Canadian event...

Red Bull
Sebastian Vettel, 1m 18.549s, P5/1m 16.877s, P1
Mark Webber, 1m 19.609s, P14/1m 17.273s, P4

Vettel ended his day feeling that things were looking good for Red Bull after dominating the afternoon session even though he felt it was more like rally cross than Formula One racing. Webber had a pretty good day too, and said he was pleasantly surprised with their pace.

Ferrari
Fernando Alonso, 1m 18.728s, P7/1m 16.963s, P2
Felipe Massa, 1m 19.511s, P12/1m 17.401s, P5

Ferrari looked much stronger here than they did in Turkey, thanks to the lower downforce nature of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Alonso still insisted that Friday results are meaningless despite running through various aero and brake permutations, while Massa said the tyre degradation made it a difficult day.

Mercedes GP
Nico Rosberg, 1m 18.356s, P4/1m 17.151s, P3
Michael Schumacher, 1m 18.285s, P2/1m 17.688s, P9

Rosberg said he’d had a difficult day but was very pleased with the set-up changes the team made as it progressed. Schumacher said he made progress in the morning but that some handling issues carried over into the afternoon. He doesn’t expect Mercedes to be higher than third best team on Saturday.

Force India
Adrian Sutil, 1m 19.373s, P11/1m 17.415s, P6
Vitantonio Liuzzi, 1m 19.097s, P8/1m 17.903s, P10

Sutil lost a lot of time in the morning with undisclosed mechanical ailments, but he got going in the afternoon and said he was happy with an afternoon experiment with the switchable rear wing. Liuzzi said he was happy with the balance of his new (old, pre-Spain) chassis in the morning, but struggled for balance on the option tyres in the afternoon. After problems in Turkey he wasn’t running the switchable rear wing on his car.

McLaren
Lewis Hamilton, 1m 18.352s, P3/1m 17.522s, P7
Jenson Button, 1m 18.127s, P1/1m 17.961s, P11

Hamilton was unhappy, likening driving the track to being on an ice rink. He complained that he wasn’t getting any advantage from the F duct, and that his car was bottoming too much. Button was concerned to find out what changed from the morning session, when he was fastest, to the afternoon when 10 drivers went in front of him.

Renault
Robert Kubica, 1m 18.662s, P6/1m 17.529s, P8
Vitaly Petrov, 1m 19.549s, P13/1m 18.582s, P14

Kubica said he felt track conditions were generally poor all day, which is normal here until the surface rubbers in, and that he was generally struggling for grip. Petrov spent his day learning another new track.

Williams
Rubens Barrichello, 1m 19.313s, P10/1m 18.385s, P12
Nico Hulkenberg, 1m 19.282s, P9/1m 18.447s, P13

Patrick Head expressed the hope that Williams might go better here, and their campaign got off to a reasonable start. Barrichello was happy with development parts brought specifically for this race, while Hulkenberg completed his programme but said he was still struggling to hone the balance of his FW32.

BMW Sauber
Pedro de la Rosa, 1m 20.584s, P17/1m 18.658s, P15
Kamui Kobayashi, 1m 20.186s, P15/1m 19.142s, P16

Both drivers struggled to get a decent balance on the C29s, and Kobayashi in particular reported graining on both tyre compounds.

Toro Rosso
Sebastien Buemi, 1m 20.320s, P16/1m 19.168s, P17
Jaime Alguersuari 1m 20.823s, P18/1m 19.274s, P18

Both drivers spent the day learning the circuit, watching out for the walls, and generally struggling for grip in the afternoon just like everyone else.

Lotus
Heikki Kovalainen, 1m 21.869s, P19/1m 19.969s, P19
Jarno Trulli, 1m 22.543s, P21/1m 21.346s, P22

Having found early track conditions not unlike the Rally of Finland, Kovalainen was very pleased with the way Lotus honed their T127 as the day progressed and ended up respectably close to the Toro Rossos. Trulli had electrical problems all day, which curtailed his running.

HRT
Karun Chandhok, 1m 21.977s, P20/1m 20.879s, P20
Bruno Senna, 1m 22.701s, P22/1m 21.097s, P21

HRT ended the day feeling bullish after both drivers completed trouble-free programmes and the team was comfortably ahead of the Virgins and respectably close to class leader Lotus.

Virgin
Timo Glock, 1m 22.713s, P23/1m 21.488s, P23
Lucas di Grassi, no time, P24/1m 21.577s, P24

Both drivers struggled for grip as the team figured out how best to hone the VR-01 for the green circuit. Glock felt they had been over-ambitious on their aero set-up. Di Grassi lost time when his car stopped in Turn Six in the first session due to front left brake assembly snafu. Team principal John Booth said he loved the track, however, and itched to jump in a Formula Ford again to try it for real himself.