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

Max Verstappen completed his first free practice at the Canadian Grand Prix, best time on the softs (1:15.158s), beating Carlos Sainz’s time in 0.246s, also on 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 separated the four drivers from Red Bull and Ferrari, allowing Sergio Perez (+0.461sec) and Charles Leclerc (+0.508sec) to finish 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 go, Mercedes has revised the rear suspension and bottom, presumably to control the sway, and Aston Martin, Ferrari and McLaren (which also adopts the MCL36’s new bottom edge) are Their new rear wing single seat. Red Bull, Alfa Romeo, AlphaTauri, Haas and Williams did not show any updates in Montreal.

Not surprisingly, 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 paced, 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 ended up leading the “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 the time slot in “his” GP’s first practice 19th place.
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 soon as possible, under the threat of rain, most of the drivers were on the track at the first time, Fernando Alonso and Charles Leclerc were 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 0.626 seconds behind Verstappen’s time on the soft tyres.
Before the 15 minutes of practice, the right front brake of the Esteban Ocon car overheated due to garbage in the air intake, and the driver slowly made his way to the pits with a lot of smoke from the brake. 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 in the pits, Lewis Hamilton completed his first fast lap to move up to 11th in the timetable, shaving 1.677 seconds off Verstappen’s time. The latter has just improved to 1.15.660 seconds.
Alonso attempted to debut the “champion wall” 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.
On his first fast lap attempt, Carlos Sainz (on the soft tyres) took the fastest driver’s seat in practice with a time of 1:15.441, followed by Sergio Peños Reis and Charles Leclerc. Max Verstappen, who complained about not having the best settings, was only fourth. 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 used the newly revised background on his car to break into Aston Martin’s drivers, while George Russell, who tried the team’s new rear wing, moved up to fifth on the timetable, with Biverstappen The time is 0.664 seconds behind. Session benchmarks.
In the final 20 minutes of the race, most of the drivers, with the exception of Lando Norris, Yuki Kakuda, Esteban Ocon, Kevin Magnussen and Valtteri Bottas, entered on medium tires. race track. 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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