Button leads Canadian Friday Practice 1

Jenson Button led the way as Formula 1 returned to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for the first time in 2 years.  Michael Schumacher was an impressive 2nd, ahead of Lewis Hamilton in the other McLaren. However, the track was reported to be incredibly greasy, as the track hasn’t been raced on in years.

Because of this, the times were much slower than anticipated, as Button’s fastest lap was a 1.18.127. Lewis Hamilton was with Button for most of the session, before Schumacher displaced him near the end of the session, by 0.067 seconds. Nico Rosberg was 4th, while Sebastian Vettel was a further 2 tenths behind in 5th place.

Robert Kubica beat Fernando Alonso for 6th and 7th, and Vitantonio Liuzzi helped himself by beating his team-mate Adrian Sutil by getting 8th. Nico Hulkenberg and Rubens Barrichello were impressive with 9th and 10th respectively. Adrian Sutil was 11th.

Felipe Massa was dissapointingly slow, as he tends to be in Friday Practice sessions, in 12th, and was 1.3 seconds slower than Button. Vitaly Petrov was 13th, and Mark Webber was 14th, nearly 1.5 seconds off the pace. However, it has been reported that he was on a different setup compared to Sebastian Vettel.

Kamui Kobayashi was 2 seconds back with 15th, ahead of Sebastien Buemi and Pedro de la Rosa. Jaime Alguersuari was 18th, and Heikki Kovalainen was the fastest of the new teams with 19th. Karun Chandhok was very impressive, as he was only 3.8 seconds off the pace, and was 20th, 6 tenths ahead of the Lotus of Jarno Trulli.

Bruno Senna was 22nd, ahead of Timo Glock’s Virgin. Lucas di Grassi was unable to set a time, as he pulled over after only 4 laps out. With Timo Glock 4.5 seconds off the pace it was a very poor session for Virgin.

The slippery track made is very difficult for the drivers, with many going off track. Karun Chandhok claimed it was “the greasiest track I’ve ever raced on”. Also, Rubens Barrichello had a technical problem during this session, and had to be pushed back to the garage.

Unfortunately, WordPress isn’t working properly tonight, as my usual chart for driver times isn’t going on the page properly. It will be up as soon as possible.


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