N ormally, the first training session in Montreal is too Start a lot of idle. At the beginning of the weekend there is traditionally little grip on the non-permanent race track in the middle of the Sankt Lorenz-Strom. Only when rubber is on the track can the data be reasonably used.
This year, the engineers didn't have that time. The weather forecast predicted rain for the afternoon. Most of the teams' testing program was therefore moved to the first session. Although a few raindrops fell in the first session, the fans at the edge of the track got to see a lot of action right from the start.
It was only quiet once at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for a short time. Heikki Kovalainen lost control of his Caterham after 50 minutes out of the chicane in turn eight and slid into the wall. The session had to be interrupted for 13 minutes until the green car was finally recovered.
Hamilton best time on harder tires
The fastest time was recorded in the end by Lewis Hamilton. The McLaren driver set the first best time of the weekend in 1: 15.564 minutes. Two German pilots lay directly in the slipstream of the British. With his last attempt shortly before the end of the session, Sebastian Vettel pushed himself into second place in the Red Bull. Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg was just third behind.
In contrast to Hamilton, the German drivers set their best time in the end on the faster supersoft tires. However, the difference between the two mixtures does not seem to be quite as great as usual. Significant time improvements were not noticeable with the soft rubber. In cool temperatures (asphalt 22 ° C), many drivers had problems getting the tires into the work window.
Ferrari tests new exhaust
Fernando Alonso was fourth in the end. The Ferrari driver was also within striking distance of the front, 27 hundredths behind. The close gaps point to an exciting weekend again. Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa only ended up in twelfth place. The Brazilian tested a new exhaust variant, which the mechanics tinkered with in the pits for a long time.
Things went better for Nico Hülkenberg, who finished sixth directly behind Mark Webber's Red Bull. Behind the Force India driver, the Sauber duo Kamui Kobayashi and Sergio Perez also made it into the top ten.Michael Schumacher was seven tenths behind in ninth place, also in a single-digit position.
Problems with Lotus and Marussia
The two Lotus cars made a less good impression. The black and gold cars don't seem to work particularly well in cool temperatures. Romain Grosjean and Kimi Räikkönen only ended up in 14th and 15th place. Williams also didn't really get up to speed. Pastor Maldonado was 13th, team-mate Bruno Senna only got 21st. In addition, the Brazilian clashed with Sebastian Vettel on the track. The race management asked both drivers to talk to them after the meeting.
At the very end of the field, the two Marussia cars found themselves. Timo Glock and Charles Pic apparently struggled with technical problems. On the Glock car, you could repeatedly see dark dust from the brakes on the bike. More than four seconds behind are not a good sign.