GP Canada, prove libere venerdì–05/06/2015
Canadian GP: Lewis Hamilton fastest then crashes in wet F1 practice
Mercedes Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton set the pace in second Canadian Grand Prix practice before crashing into a tyre wall when heavy rain fell midway through the session.
The reigning world champion clocked a 1m15.988s on the super-soft tyres, 0.316 seconds clear of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
The session looked set to be a washout when predicted rain fell with 50 minutes remaining, but Mercedes decided to send Hamilton and team-mate Nico Rosberg out on intermediates.
It proved to be a mistake as Hamilton aquaplaned on the approach to the hairpin and was powerless when his Mercedes slid into the tyre wall, damaging the front end of the car.
The session was red-flagged while marshals recovered the damaged Mercedes, which swung back into the tractor as it was pulled out of the wall, and there was no further running.
It compounded a scrappy day for Hamilton, who also spun at the hairpin during the first session and clobbered the kerbs at the final chicane in second practice before completing a tidier lap to set the pace.
With rain always predicted, teams wasted little time sending their drivers out on track at the start of the session to make the most of the dry conditions, particularly as it is expected to dry on Sunday.
Vettel was straight out on the super-softs and went quickest with a 1m16.304s before Hamilton put a clean lap together to top the times, finishing 0.452s clear of team-mate and title rival Nico Rosberg back in fourth.
Kimi Raikkonen was third quickest with Ferrari splitting its programme and swapping the Finn to the softs while leaving Vettel on the super-softs to maximise data gathering.
In contrast, Mercedes left both Hamilton and Rosberg on the super-softs until the rain fell.
Lotus’s Pastor Maldonado was an impressive fifth, ahead of Williams’s Valtteri Bottas and the other Lotus of Romain Grosjean.
Williams driver Felipe Massa was eighth with Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo completing the top 10.
Nico Hulkenberg finished 11th for Force India, the German having to pit with a left-rear puncture, which Pirelli suggested was related to the rim rather than the tyre itself, 10 minutes into the session.
Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson was 12th, ahead of the Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz and Force India’s Sergio Perez.
Fernando Alonso was the leading McLaren in 15th with Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen, who will take a five-place grid penalty following his collision with Grosjean in Monaco, 16th.
Sauber’s Felipe Nasr, McLaren’s Jenson Button and the Manors of Roberto Merhi and Will Stevens completed the timesheets.
PRACTICE TWO TIMES:
|9||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m17.092s||1.104s||10|
|10||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m17.111s||1.123s||16|
|11||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m17.120s||1.132s||15|
|13||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m17.318s||1.330s||23|
|14||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m17.367s||1.379s||20|
|16||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m17.657s||1.669s||23|
F1 Canadian GP: Lewis Hamilton leads practice as Mercedes dominates
Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time in the opening practice session for this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix.
Mercedes duo Hamilton and Nico Rosberg dominated the opening period, finishing well ahead of the chasing pack.
Hamilton was 0.415 seconds faster than Rosberg, who was over a second ahead of the Lotus of Romain Grosjean in third.
Mercedes-powered cars dominated practice at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, which is characterised by three long straights. Four of the top five fastest cars in the session were powered by the Mercedes powerplant.
Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg was fourth fastest, followed by the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel and the Williams of Felipe Massa.
Daniil Kvyat was next up in his Toro Rosso, finishing the session in seventh place ahead of the second Lotus of Pastor Maldonado and McLaren’s Fernando Alonso.
Hamilton set the early pace on the soft tyre and remained at the top of the timing sheets for the next 90 minutes.
When pushing harder with half an hour to go he spun at the Turn 10 hairpin but was able to continue unharmed.
Shortly afterwards he mentioned on his team radio that he was losing time with his upshifts.
Carlos Sainz Jr had an eventful session. First he locked-up and spun his Toro Rosso into Turn 1 before continuing, but with 10 minutes to go he stopped at the bottom of the pitlane and was pushed back to his garage by his mechanics.
Half a dozen cars outbraked themselves into the final chicane and had to familiarise their way around a new bollard and lane to return to the track.
Jenson Button suffered problems early on when he radioed back to his garage unable to shift out of second gear.
After a slow installation lap he returned to his McLaren pit and he sat the first half of the session with a gearbox issue.
In the end he was able to complete 25 laps and set the 15th fastest time.
Practice started in overcast conditions, but quickly brightened up. During the session there was a bizarre sight as marshals were removing small metal staples from an area of pitlane where a carpet had been laid during a previous event at the venue.
The second 90-minute session commences at 2pm local time with some forecasts still predicting rain.
|4||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m17.871s||1.659s||34|
|7||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/Renault||1m18.021s||1.809s||30|
|10||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m18.257s||2.045s||24|
|13||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m18.503s||2.291s||28|
|14||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m18.775s||2.563s||24|
|17||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m19.065s||2.853s||23|