June 10, 2011
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Fernando Alonso headed the field for Friday Practice 2 for the Canadian Grand Prix. His time of 1.15.107 was several tenths faster than the pole position time from Lewis Hamilton in 2010.
The session was blighted by three crashes within 20 minutes of each other. The first was when Adrian Sutil took off the front left suspension after hitting the wall at Turn 6.
The yellow flags were quickly put out, but the red flag was thrown soon, as Kamui Kobayashi slammed into the barriers at Turn 4.
The session restarted after 10 minutes, but a crash by Jerome D’Ambrosio in the exact same spot as Kobayashi disrupted the session yet again with another red flag.
Because the clock still runs under red flags in Friday Practice, Pedro de la Rosa’s running in the Sauber was ruined. A late replacement for Sergio, the C30 had to be modified for Pedro’s extra height, which cost him time. The red flags resulted in him barely getting any track time.
Paul di Resta impressed with 6th place, while both Mercedes cars lagged in 19th and 20th after struggling with their tyres.
Times from FP2:
1. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1.15.107 34
2. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1.15.476 0.369 29
3. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1.15.601 0.494 33
4. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1.15.977 0.870 26
5. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1.15.989 0.882 25
6. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1.16.089 0.982 34
7. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1.16.102 0.995 28
8. Vitaly Petrov Renault 1.16.324 1.217 32
9. Nick Heidfeld Renault 1.16.422 1.315 32
10. Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1.16.687 1.580 28
11. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1.16.905 1.798 16
12. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1.16.941 1.834 39
13. Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1.17.051 1.944 32
14. Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1.17.684 2.577 34
15. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1.17.757 2.650 20
16. Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1.18.470 3.363 33
17. Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1.18.482 3.375 38
18. Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1.18.536 3.429 14
19. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1.18.601 3.494 38
20. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1.19.209 4.102 28
21. Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1.19.810 4.703 25
22. Tonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1.20.284 5.177 31
23. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1.20.311 5.204 38
24. Jerome D'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1.20.922 5.815 26
June 10, 2011
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Pedro de la Rosa, pictured here in 2010, will replace Sergio Perez in Canada
Pedro de la Rosa will replace Sergio Perez for the Canadian Grand Prix weekend.
Perez was involved in a heavy shunt in Monaco qualifying, and was ruled out of the race. He returned to the cockpit in Friday practice today, but withdrew after the first session, after he reported feeling sick.
As a precaution, the team have decided to replace him for this weekend. Regular test driver Esteban Gutierrez was not in Montreal this weekend, so he has lost his chance to drive an F1 car for the first time.
A statement from Perez reads as follows:
"Of course I wanted to drive and I had no doubt I was alright.
But apparently this is unfortunately not the case.
I am deeply disappointed. I spoke to the team after the session
and told them that I’m not a hundred per cent fit. I only want
to drive when I’m a hundred per cent well. I need some more time
McLaren have allowed their reserve driver De la Rosa the chance to drive the C30 this weekend.
De la Rosa drove for Peter Sauber’s outfit last year, before he was dumped with 5 races to go, and replaced by Nick Heidfeld.
June 10, 2011
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Rosberg led FP1 in Canada
Nico Rosberg led proceedings for first practice for the Canadian Grand Prix. A 1.15.591 was 2.5 seconds faster than the fastest lap set in FP1 last year.
However, the main highlight of the session was Sebastian Vettel crashing out with half an hour to go.
The Red Bull driver locked up at the final chicane, and slid into the “Wall of Champions”, notorious for crashes in the past. As well as losing valuable track time, the team also lost a new front wing which was on Vettel’s car.
Onboard with Vettel as he slams into the Wall of Champions
The session was littered with incidents as the track was still in its “green” stage. Nick Heidfeld, Paul di Resta, Michael Schumacher, Mark Webber, Narain Karthikeyan, Nico Rosberg and Felipe Massa all had off-track moments.
The first hour was spent testing Pirelli’s medium tyre to be used in Valencia, and soon focus switched to the soft compound. The super-soft compound was not used in this session.
Times from FP1:
1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1.15.591 32
2. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1.16.139 0.548 27
3. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1.16.549 0.958 30
4. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1.16.658 1.067 26
5. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1.16.676 1.085 20
6. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1.16.842 1.251 19
7. Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1.16.990 1.399 28
8. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1.17.294 1.703 26
9. Nick Heidfeld Renault 1.17.445 1.854 28
10. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1.17.549 1.958 20
11. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1.17.662 2.071 27
12. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1.17.820 2.229 30
13. Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1.18.458 2.867 31
14. Vitaly Petrov Renault 1.18.506 2.915 15
15. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1.18.648 3.057 35
16. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1.18.852 3.261 8
17. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1.18.932 3.341 20
18. Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1.19.274 3.683 29
19. Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1.19.422 3.831 30
20. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1.19.577 3.986 26
21. Jerome D'Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1.19.838 4.247 31
22. Tonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1.19.960 4.369 23
23. Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1.20.520 4.929 21
24. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1.20.839 5.248 27
June 9, 2011
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There will be 2 DRS zones in Canada
The FIA has confirmed that drivers will be allowed to use Drag Reduction System in two locations for the Canadian Grand Prix.
However, both zones will be served by only one detection point, situated just before L’Epingle hairpin.
The two DRS zones are almost right next to each other. The first activation zone is on the back straight (approx. 800 metres), and the second is the entire length of the pit straight, just one corner later.
As these two zones are close together, the advantage will be hugely in favour of car behind. If it is able to pass before the final hairpin, then the second DRS zone will give the driver a clear lead into the first corner of each lap.
June 6, 2011
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Pirelli's medium tyre will be tested in Canada and debuted in Valencia
Pirelli’s revised medium compound tyre will be available for testing by the teams in Canada next weekend.
Friday Practice sessions 1 and 2 will see the first running of the medium tyre in 2011 (in an official session). This compound was originally tested in Valencia in February testing, but was dropped after complaints of heavy wear after a few laps.
In the actual race in Canada, Pirelli will bring the soft and super-softs. Valencia will see the debut of the medium tyre, alongside the super-soft. Britain will see the hard tyre used in Spain return, as well as the soft compound.
The objective of this new medium tyre is to keep the same performance as the original mediums, but with a longer life.
Compounds used so far in 2011 race-by race:
June 14, 2010
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This was McLaren's first back-to-back 1-2 finish since 2000
Lewis Hamilton took the 13th win of his career here in Montreal yesterday. Here are somemore stats and facts from this weekend’s brilliant race:
- This was Lewis Hamilton’s 18th pole position, putting him in 11th place overall alongside Rene Arnoux, Mario Andretti and Fernando Alonso.
- It was his 13th career victory, which puts him in 18th place, level with Alberto Ascari and David Coulthard.
- Rubens Barrichello has now clocked over 15,000 laps of racing in Formula 1, a new record. He will make his 300th Grand Prix appearance in 8 races time.
- This is McLaren’s 11th victory at the Canadian Grand Prix, which is the highest of any team.
- Also, this is Mclaren’s first back-to-back 1-2 finishes since 2000, when they won the the French and Austrian Grands Prix.
- As you probably aleady know, this was the first time this year that a Red Bull was not on pole position.
- This was the first all-champion podium since Phoenix in 1991, when Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost and Nelson Piquet took the podium.
- Kamui Kobayashi is the 9th driver in 11 years to crash into the Wall of Champions. He joins Jacques Villeneuve, Michael Schumacher, Damon Hill, Ricardo Zonta, Juan Pablo Montoya, Takuma Sato (spin), Vitantonio Liuzzi and Jenson Button.
- Amazingly, this is the first ever fastest lap of Robert Kubica’s career. However, this is considering the fact that he pitted quite late for an extra set of super-soft tyres.
- Since Felipe Massa failed to score points, Mark Webber is now the only driver who has scored points in every single race this year.
- Lewis Hamilton is the 5th driver this year (already!) to lead the driver’s championship, something which has never happened before.
- Sebastien Buemi is the 160th driver in Formula 1 to lead a lap.
- Ferrari have now gone 25 races without recording a pole position. Their last was at the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix.
- This is the first time this year that all of the cars have actually made it to the grid (ie. nobody starting from the pit lane)
- Sebastien Buemi was the first Swiss driver to lead a Grand Prix since Clay Regazzoni.
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