Canadian GP 2015
JUNE 5, 2015
Practice 1 Report - Not Thinking
Lewis Hamilton insisted he was not thinking of the Monaco debacle when he arrived in Montreal. He certainly was focused on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Free Practice 1 as he set the quickest lap time in his Mercedes.
The ambient temperature at the start of the 90-minute session was 63 degrees Fahrenheit (17 degrees Centigrade) and the track temperature was 73 degrees Fahrenheit (23 degrees Centigrade.) The humidity was 80 percent.
The line-up for the weekend was: Mercedes - Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Red Bull Renault - Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat. Williams Mercedes - Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas. Ferrari - Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen. McLaren Honda - Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button. Force India Mercedes - Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez. Toro Rosso Renault - Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz. Lotus Mercedes - Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado. Marussia Ferrari - Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi. Sauber - Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr.
Raikkonen and Massa were the first out onto the 2.709-mile (4.361-km) 14-turn track as the 90 minute FP1 session began. Button went out but did a very slow lap because his car was stuck in second gear and headed back into the pits.
6 minutes into the session, Rosberg set the first time: 1:23.011, but Hamilton beat that with a 1:20.287. He was using the soft compound Pirellis with the yellow sidewalls.
13 minutes into the session, Ericsson moved into second place with a 1:21.977.
16 minutes into the session, Hamilton lowered his time to a 1:17.734. Rosberg was now second with a 1:19.389 which he improved to a 1:17.756.
19 minutes into the session, Hamilton went even faster with a 1:17.530. Bottas was third with a 1:18.669 a Hamilton turned a 1:17.105.
22 minutes into the session, Hamilton went even faster with a time of 1:16.608 while Rosberg now had a time of 1:16.860.
30 minutes into the session, the top 10 were: Hamilton, Rosberg, Vettel, Grosjean, Massa, Hulkenberg, Raikkonen, Maldonado, Bottas and Perez.
32 minutes into the session, Button had done three laps and had yet to set a time as he set out for another lap and had the track to himself but he came straight back in.
41 minutes into the session, everybody was in the pits, but now Stevens took to the track in his Marussia, as did Maldonado in his Lotus.
Halfway through FP1 the top 10 remained: Hamilton, Rosberg, Vettel, Grosjean, Massa, Hulkenberg, Raikkonen, Maldonado, Bottas and Perez.
With 43 minutes remaining in the session, Grosjean moved into fourth and then third, and Button finally posted a lap time, albeit a slow 1:24.871.
With 35 minutes remaining in the session, Bottas spun at Turn 6, and shortly thereafter Sainz spun at Turn 1.
With 31 minutes remaining in the session, Hulkenberg took over fourth place.
With 30 minutes remaining in the session, Hamilton spun at Turn 10. Rosberg was now down to a 1:16.627.
With 25 minutes remaining in the session, the top six were: Hamilton, Rosberg, Grosjean, Hulkenberg, Vettel and Maldonado.
With 23 minutes remaining in the session, Hamilton turned a 1:16.212.
With 21 minutes remaining in the session, Hamilton went off and back on the track at Turn 8. Kvyat had now taken over sixth place.
With 11 minutes remaining in the session, Sainz's car stalled at pit exit, and the Toro Rosso mechanics had to push the car back to the garage.
Most of the drivers and teams concentrated on long runs with fuel loads in the final part of FP1.
The top 10 at the end of FP1 were: Hamilton, Rosberg, Grosjean, Hulkenberg, Vettel, Massa, Kvyat, Maldonado, Alonso and Verstappen.