The Rain Holds Off For Practice in Canada
Whilst protests were continuing in the city of Montreal, the buzz at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve came from engines – not students. The crowd was far from a sell-out, but the drivers efficiently took to the tarmac regardless. After a record breaking six different winners in the first six races, the possibilities of who will be successful this weekend are endless.
Many drivers spent more time on track than usual during Free Practice 1. Sebastian Vettel completed 29 laps whilst Michael Schumacher finished after 28.
Sebastian found himself involved in an incident with the Williams of Bruno Senna. After contact due to driving up the inside of Senna – and forcing him wide – the German has been handed a reprimand and will be expected to be on his best behaviour for the rest of the weekend.
Canadian Grand Prix, Free Practice 1 results:
2 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:15.682
9 Michael Schumacher Mercedes AMG Petronas 1:16.264
Grey clouds enclosed the circuit, in time for the second practice session of the day. However, conditions remained dry and driveable.
Sebastian and Michael were consistent throughout the 1.5 hour run. Both champions will be more than eager to see this form continue to increase as we head into qualifying.
Canadian Grand Prix, Free Practice 2 results:
4 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:15.531
7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes AMG Petronas 1:16.697
Sebastian shared his thoughts of the day, "We ran the super soft tyres this morning thinking there would be rain this afternoon; in the end it didn’t come but you never know in advance.
"I think we had a good day; we got decent laps and even with the different approach in terms of when we ran the tyres, I think we can be happy.
"Let’s see what we can do tomorrow. It’s a great track here, there are a lot of stop and starts, braking, chicanes and quick changes in direction but it’s good fun – it’s part of this track, there are bumps, so it’s wild and rough, but it’s fun," the 24 year old finished.
"We used the softer tyre this morning to make sure that we could complete our full programme in case of rain later on," Michael shared his team's tyre strategy of the day.
"This afternoon, we then concentrated more on the set-up and balance. I had a good feeling in the car but it’s too early to make any predictions for the weekend so we will have a good look at all the data this evening and go from there.
"I really enjoy this track so it’s nice to drive here again."