Championship leader Max Verstappen completed another successful session by setting the pace in the opening practice for the Canadian Grand Prix while Ferrari's Charles Leclerc might be forced to start the Montreal race from the back of the grid. F1Technical's Balázs Szabó reports on FP1.
Drivers had a full-packed programme for the opening practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix as teams were aware that it could have been the only dry weather session on Friday. That is why every drivers completed high mileage with the exception of McLaren’s Lando Norris, who had a few reliability issues to cope with in FP1.
The most diligent driver was Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz by notching up a total of 33 laps, but seven other drivers completed at least 30 laps in the first practice on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Reigning world champion and championship runaway leader Max Verstappen appeared to be quick from the beginning of the session, setting the pace early o non the yellow-banded medium compound. His team mate Sergio Perez could eclpise the Dutchman’s time on the C4 compound, but the Verstappen bounced back when drivers started to concentrate on the softest rubber. On this compound, Perez was unable to extract everything of his RB18 and ended the session in P4.
Sainz finished the session second, 0.246s adrift of Verstappen. The Spaniard appeared to be fastest through the first two sectors, but was unable to keep up with Red Bull’s superior straight-line speed in Sector 3. His team mate Charles Leclerc, who lost three possible wins in the last three races, only set the fifth fastest time, but he was not intrested in pursuing the fastest lap time as Ferrari is set to change multipe power unit components in his car.
The Scuderia has already installed a fresh internal combustion engine, a new MGU-K, a new MGU-H and a new control electronics into the Monegasque’s car which would not trigger any penalties as these new components are all within his allocation fo the 2022 season. However, Leclerc is expected to receive a new trubocharger later on over the weekend which would lead to a grid-drop penalty.
He might get further new components in a bid to stockpile fresh components for the later stages of the season. If Ferrari opts for this strategy, Leclerc would start the race from the very back of the field alongside AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda, who has also received fresh components.
Alpine’s Fernando Alonso secured a suprise P3 with Mercedes drivers George Russell and Lewis Hamilton managing a P6 and P8 respectively. However, the trio set its best laps on the red-walled compound a bit later than the majority of the field, hence making benefit from the rapidly-evolving track.
Aston Martin continued to impress with their upgraded package which they debuted in Barcelona. Lance Stroll ended up seventh fastest on home turf with Sebastian Vettel grabbing the ninth position.
There was an extremely tight battle behind the tenth fastest Daniel Ricciardo with Pierre Gasly, Lando Norris, Alexander Albon, Yuki Tsunoda Esteban Ocon and Valtteri Bottas all separated by only two tenths of a second.
Zhou Guanyu had a few difficulties on his first outing on the challenging Circuit Gilles Villeneuve while the Haas pair of Mick Schumacher and Kevin Magnussen suprised with their lack of pace.
|1||1||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing Rbpt||1:15.158||26|
|3||14||Fernando Alonso||Alpine Renault||1:15.531||+0.373s||30|
|4||11||Sergio Perez||Red Bull Racing Rbpt||1:15.619||+0.461s||31|
|7||18||Lance Stroll||Aston Martin Aramco Mercedes||1:15.877||+0.719s||31|
|9||5||Sebastian Vettel||Aston Martin Aramco Mercedes||1:16.041||+0.883s||32|
|10||3||Daniel Ricciardo||Mclaren Mercedes||1:16.083||+0.925s||28|
|11||10||Pierre Gasly||Alphatauri Rbpt||1:16.165||+1.007s||28|
|12||4||Lando Norris||Mclaren Mercedes||1:16.211||+1.053s||17|
|13||23||Alexander Albon||Williams Mercedes||1:16.308||+1.150s||28|
|14||22||Yuki Tsunoda||Alphatauri Rbpt||1:16.322||+1.164s||32|
|15||31||Esteban Ocon||Alpine Renault||1:16.421||+1.263s||25|
|16||77||Valtteri Bottas||Alfa Romeo Ferrari||1:16.426||+1.268s||27|
|17||24||Zhou Guanyu||Alfa Romeo Ferrari||1:17.152||+1.994s||29|
|18||47||Mick Schumacher||Haas Ferrari||1:17.223||+2.065s||24|
|19||6||Nicholas Latifi||Williams Mercedes||1:17.241||+2.083s||32|
|20||20||Kevin Magnussen||Haas Ferrari||1:17.555||+2.397s||30|