For the first time since 2019, the Formula 1 single-seaters resumed their right at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve on Friday afternoon in anticipation of the Canadian Grand Prix.
Thanks to this, the Japanese Yuki Tsunoda was the first to storm the Île-Notre-Dame route to the applause of a crowded crowd in the stands.
If the AlphaTauri team driver was able to enjoy a rare moment of glory coming out of the pits, the main tenors brought him to order fairly quickly.
Faster a few hours earlier aboard his Red Bull, Max Verstappen remained at the top of the pack until the end of the second free practice session.
The Dutchman, leader of the drivers’ classification after the first eight stages of the 2022 season, covered the circuit in 1 minute and 14.127 seconds, beating Charles Leclerc by 81 thousandths.
If the Monegasque manages to set the best time in qualifying for the fifth consecutive Grand Prix on Saturday, he can only start at 11 best.And place when the red lights go out on Sunday.
Following the engine failure suffered in Azerbaijan last week, the mechanics had no choice but to replace many of the engine components of his car. According to the regulations, he will be penalized by ten positions on the starting grid.
Leclerc’s Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz Jr, still looking for his first F1 win, finished third.
Classified Walk 12And
Fourth in the standings, Sebastian Vettel created a surprise when he took his Aston Martin to fourth place. His teammate, Quebecer Lance Stroll, couldn’t do better than 12And position.
Followed in order by Fernando Alonso (Alpine), Pierre Gasly (AlphaTauri), George Russell (Mercedes), Lando Norris (McLaren), Daniel Ricciardo (McLaren) and Esteban Ocon (Alpine).
Less than a second separates the top ten drivers on the board.
Disappointment for Sergio Pérez, only 11And behind the wheel of the second Red Bull. However, he qualified the results of this first day, because the strategies (fuel on board and settings) vary from one driver to another.
“This car cannot be driven”
The chances of Lewis Hamilton taking his eighth win in Montreal, a feat no other driver has achieved in history, are unlikely.
The seven-time world champion only made 13And best time in the second free practice session and did not hide his frustration on the airwaves.
“This car is not drivable,” he exclaimed to his engineer.
Last week, in Baku, the Briton reached the finish in fourth place, not without suffering at the wheel of his Mercedes. We have seen him take several seconds to get out of his car, complaining of severe back pain.
Cool and rainy
Despite the two free practice sessions taking place in dry conditions, heavy rain fell just minutes after the F1 race at the end of the afternoon.
Clearly, bad weather will persist in the area for much of Saturday. A much cooler temperature is also expected.
“Tomorrow could be interesting in the rain,” Stroll said. It is always different in these conditions. But that doesn’t mean it will be easy. “
Nicholas Latifi’s name, the other Canadian, is back at the bottom of the pack at 19 againAnd rank. If he is not last, it is because Valtteri Bottas (Alfa Romeo) was unable to complete a single lap due to mechanical problems.