Canadian Grand Prix F1, FP1: Max Verstappen starts on right foot, but Fernando Alonso is surprised

Canadian Grand Prix F1, FP1: Max Verstappen starts on right foot, but Fernando Alonso is surprised

Max Verstappen finished the first free practice at the Canadian Grand Prix with the best time on the softs (1:15.158s), beating Carlos Sainz’s time by 0.246s, and the same goes for the softs. The big news in the top 5 is Fernando Alonso’s third best practice time, but on medium tires (+0.373 seconds). The Spanish Alpine driver split the four drivers from Red Bull and Ferrari, leaving Sergio Perez (+0.461s) and Charles Leclerc (+0.508s) in the top five.
Outside the top 5, more than half a second behind Max Verstappen is George Russell (+0.664 seconds), followed by Lance Stroll, Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo.

As far as the new features for the Canadian Grand Prix are concerned, Mercedes has revised the rear suspension and bottom, presumably to control the sway, with Aston Martin, Ferrari and McLaren (which also adopts the MCL36’s new bottom edge) for them The new rear wing single seat. Red Bull, Alfa Romeo, AlphaTauri, Haas and Williams did not show any updates in Montreal.

Unsurprisingly, Red Bull and Ferrari are back at the top of the schedule. At Ferrari, Carlos Sainz is better than Charles Leclerc and Fernando Alonso between the two teams.
Fernando Alonso (1:15.531s) ran about 3 laps on medium tires, a good record for the alpine rider who finished less than 15 minutes after the race. Entered between Ferrari and Red Bull. , with the third fastest time, behind Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz.
Both Aston Martins did well and while none of the drivers were very fast, Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll were fifth and sixth ahead of the so-called “second row”. They saw Mercedes improve their quick times, but the highlight was the time reached around 20 minutes after practice.
Mercedes leads in “Second Pack”, making George Russell faster than Lewis Hamilton. At McLaren, Daniel Ricciardo was the fastest driver, finishing in the top 10 in the first practice session, but trailing Aston Martin and Mercedes.
At the end of the field, both Haas cars finished, and Kevin Magnussen was even the slowest driver in practice, separated from Nicholas Latifi, who took first place on the schedule in “his” GP’s first practice 19 bits.
Zhou Guanyu (17th) and Valtteri Bottas (16th) are still a long way from the top 10, but they are busy in mock races, alternating between medium and soft tyres in practice.

How the meeting went:

Formula 1 has not visited Montreal and the Gilles Villeneuve circuit since 2019, and we could hear the crowd’s warm welcome to the drivers shortly after the first cars left the track.
In order to get the data as fast as possible, most drivers were on the track in the first few minutes under the threat of rain, with Fernando Alonso and Charles Leclerc on soft tyres. Yuki Tsunoda and Esteban Ocon were the last two drivers to leave the garage.
In the first 10 minutes of practice, the two Red Bull drivers jumped to the top of the table with a 0.582 second lead over Sergio Perez with Max Verstappen (1:16.507). Leclerc was on soft tyres and was 0.626 seconds behind Verstappen’s time on medium tyres.
Before the 15-minute practice session was over, Esteban Ocon’s car’s right front brake overheated due to garbage in the air intake, and the driver made his way slowly to the pits, with a lot of smoke coming from the brakes. His teammates were in the top 5 at the time, behind Carlos Sainz, Charles Leclerc, Sergio Pérez and Max Verstappen.
Under the watchful eye of Mercedes technical director James Allison, Lewis Hamilton completed his first fast lap to move up to 11th on the timetable, 1.677 off Verstappen’s time seconds, the latter has just increased to 1.15.660 seconds.
Alonso attempted to debut the “Wall of Champions” on the exit of the final corner, but the Spanish driver was unsuccessful. However, at home, Sebastian Vettel and Lance Stroll and Daniel Ricciardo rode faster than the Spaniard, who was on the clock shortly after being overtaken by Alexander Albon. ranked seventh.
During the second half of the first free practice session at the Canadian Grand Prix, most drivers returned to the track on soft tyres.
Carlos Sainz was the fastest driver in practice with a time of 1:15.441 on his first fast lap attempt, followed by Sergio Perez and Charles Leclerc. Max Verstappen, who complained about not having the best settings, was only fourth fastest. One lap later, Verstappen regained the lead with a lap time of 1:15.158 and left Sainz in 0.283 seconds.
Most drivers didn’t get too aggressive in the first practice, but the two Aston Martins finished fifth and sixth on the timetable, leading the “second pack” with 20 minutes left.
Hamilton, who used the newly revised background on his car, broke into Aston Martin’s drivers, while George Russell, who tried the team’s new rear wing, moved up to fifth on the timetable, more than Verstappen’s. The time is 0.664 seconds behind. Session benchmarks.
In the final 20 minutes of the race, most drivers entered the race on medium tires, with the exception of Lando Norris, Yuki Kakuda, Esteban Ocon, Kevin Magnussen and Valtteri Bottas road. At that time, Alonso was doing very well, moving up to third in the timetable, 0.373 seconds behind Verstappen’s time on medium tires.
Some riders complained about the degradation of the mid-size rear tire after a few laps.


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