Friday analysis - Ferrari's rise continues 08 Jun 2012
The accidents involving Kovalainen in the morning and Senna in the afternoon cost some track time, as everyone focused on the usual work of chassis set-up and tyre evaluation. They were lucky that the rain that fell at lunchtime had dried up by the start of FP2, and that the torrent came immediately after that session had ended. The general feeling is that there isnt a lot of performance difference between Pirellis soft and super-soft compounds. We take a team-by-team look at day one in Montreal
Lewis Hamilton, 1m 15.564s, P1/1m 15.259s, P1
Jenson Button, 1m 16.347s, P10/1m 15.812s, P9
Hamilton had a very strong day, with fastest time in both sessions. But he still predicts that qualifying and the race will be very close. It wasnt such a good day for Button, who lost much of FP1 and 70 minutes of FP2 with one oil leak, and more time as another developed once that had been fixed. In the circumstances, his afternoon performance was impressive.
Fernando Alonso, 1m 15.842s, P4/1m 15.313s, P2
Felipe Massa, 1m 16.619s, P12/1m 15.410s, P3
When Alonso says he is rather pleased it usually means Look out, here I come! The Spaniard said he had a good day, trying some new parts and doing the usual comparison footwork, while Massa was also very pleased that the sort of set-up that had helped him in Monaco was still bearing fruit for him in Canada.
Sebastian Vettel, 1m 15.682s, P2/1m 15.531s, P4
Mark Webber, 1m 15.897s, P5/1m 15.907s, P12
Red Bull got caught out slightly running the super-softs in the morning in expectation of rain in the afternoon, which slightly skewed their programmes, but both drivers were relatively happy with the way that things went and think they will be competitive tomorrow.
Paul di Resta, 1m 16.460s, P11/1m 15.544s, P5
Nico Hulkenberg, 1m 15.986s, P6/1m 15.799s, P8
Both drivers said they were very happy with the way things went even though FP1 was very busy as they were expecting FP2 to be wet. Di Resta in particular was delighted with his cars balance all day.
Kamui Kobayashi, 1m 16.000s, P7/1m 15.651s, P6
Sergio Perez 1m 16.249s, P8/1m 15.898s, P11
No real problems here, and both drivers were relatively happy with how things went in terms of balance and speed. They seem to be close to the ballpark.
Michael Schumacher, 1m 16.264s, P9/1m 15.697s, P7
Nico Rosberg, 1m 15.782s, P3/1m 15.878s, P10
Nothing but positive vibes here, with Schumacher in particular saying that he has a very good feeling about the car this weekend.
Pastor Maldonado, 1m 16.859s, P13/1m 15.987s, P13
Bruno Senna, 1m 18.762s, P21/1m 17.022s, P17
Maldonado was relatively happy with a new DRS system which he tried out, and had a reasonable day. Senna did not, spinning his FW34 backwards into Champions Wall on the exit to Turn 14 and bringing FP2 to a temporary halt.
Romain Grosjean, 1m 16.890s, P14/1m 16.360s, P14
Kimi Raikkonen, 1m 17.014s, P15/1m 16.562s, P15
Lotus appeared to be off the pace, but that was only because, like Red Bull, they focused on their super-soft tyre running in the morning in expectation of rain that didnt come in FP2. Raikkonen said he was missing a trick somewhere in his cars set-up, while Grosjean focused on learning the circuit. Theyll be a lot faster tomorrow.
Heikki Kovalainen, 1m 18.177s, P19/1m 16.981s, P16
Vitaly Petrov, 1m 17.935s, P18/1m 17.075s, P18
Apart from Kovalainens shunt in the morning which left his mechanics with a mountain to climb between sessions, this was a positive day for Caterham. Both drivers were happy with the balance of the CT01, and feel they have a good direction for FP3 and qualifying.
Jean-Eric Vergne, 1m 17.352s, P16/1m 17.124s, P19
Daniel Ricciardo, 1m 17.580s, P17/1m 17.716s, P20
No problems here as the drivers evaluated new wings and tried different exhausts, apart from the fact that the STR7s were better on race runs than low-fuel runs.
Pedro de la Rosa, 1m 18.182s, P20/1m 18.908s, P21
Narain Karthikeyan, 1m 19.354s, P22/1m 19.378s, P23
De la Rosa was flying in FP1 and said that the team had taken a significant step forward since Monaco as he beat the Marussias and chased the Caterhams. His day was spoiled a little when he injured a mechanic in a pit-lane incident, and he was relieved to hear that no serious harm had been done. Karthikeyan had a less consistent day, with a brake problem halting him at the end of FP2.
Timo Glock, 1m 20.004s, P23/1m 19.084s, P22
Charles Pic, 1m 20.067s, P24/1m 19.902s, P24
The inconsistent conditions, allied to braking instability, made this a tough day for the experienced Glock and rookie team mate Pic who was learning the circuit. The German predicts a tough race on a circuit that doesnt suit the MR-01
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