Formula 1 | Canada, EL1: Verstappen takes the lead ahead of Sainz and Alonso


Canada, EL1: Verstappen places (...)

It was in a very political context that the first free practice sessions for the Canadian F1 Grand Prix began. The FIA ​​has indeed announced measures to limit the porpoising and rebounds of the 2022 single-seaters, which will have an impact on the work, the settings, and obviously the performance of each team.

We have also seen Mercedes F1 inaugurate an impressive notch on the floor of Lewis Hamilton, a solution that George Russell did not embark on. Before the start of the weekend, the seven-time world champion had announced that he was going to test an « extreme » solution for EL1 and EL2.

The session, F1’s first run in Montreal since the 2019 Canadian GP, ​​took place under the sun at the start, and especially in the dry, with however an impressive wind. The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve was hit yesterday by heavy showers which had partly flooded the pit lane.

Sergio Pérez set a first benchmark in medium tires in 1’16″5. Max Verstappen improved in 1’15″799, then almost immediately accelerated in 1’15″703. Pérez regained control in 1’15 » 660, while Esteban Ocon returned to the pits with the brakes smoking. Indeed, a plastic bag was placed on its front right scoop, preventing any cooling.

Carlos Sainz then set the fastest time on the soft tyres, with a time of 1’15″404, before Verstappen regained the lead in 1’15″158, also on the soft tyres. Charles Leclerc took provisional fourth place.

Lance Stroll complained of a downshift problem, while Yuki Tsunoda, who will start at the back of the grid, lightly hit the wall with his right rear wheel. The session was studious so that the pilots could take advantage of their new finds and new settings, in order to limit the rebounds and their amplitude.

Despite complaints about his Red Bull bouncing, Verstappen kept the fastest time ahead of Sainz, who complained about destroyed rear tires at the end of his long stint on medium. Fernando Alonso placed third, with a time on medium tyres. He is ahead of Pérez and Leclerc, then George Russell, Stroll, Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo.

The first Frenchman, Pierre Gasly, is 11th ahead of Lando Norris and Alex Albon. Tsunoda follows ahead of Ocon and the Alfa Romeos, while Haas F1 drivers, Mick Schumacher ahead of Kevin Magnussen, frame Nicholas Latifi at the bottom of the standings.

01Max VerstappenRed Bull RBPT RB181:15.15827
02carlos sainzFerrari F1-751:15.40434
03Fernando AlonsoAlpine Renault A5221:15.53131
04Sergio PerezRed Bull RBPT RB181:15.61932
05Charles LeclercFerrari F1-751:15.66630
06george russellMercedes W131:15.82229
07Lance StrollAston Martin Mercedes AMR221:15.87732
08Lewis HamiltonMercedes W131:15.87727
09Sebastian VettelAston Martin Mercedes AMR221:16.04133
10Daniel RicciardoMcLaren Mercedes MCL361:16.08329
11Pierre GaslyAlphaTauri RBPT AT031:16.16529
12Lando NorrisMcLaren Mercedes MCL361:16.21117
13Alex AlbonWilliams Mercedes FW441:16.30829
14Yuki TsunodaAlphaTauri RBPT AT031:16.32233
15Esteban OconAlpine Renault A5221:16.42126
16Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo Ferrari C421:16.42627
17Guanyu-ZhouAlfa Romeo Ferrari C421:17.15230
18Mick SchumacherHaas Ferrari VF-221:17.22329
19Nicholas LatifiWilliams Mercedes FW441:17.24133
20Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari VF-221:17.55531


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