Alonso heads times but Hamilton has fastest sectors

2013 Canadian Grand Prix Friday practice analysis

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, 2013The ominous weather forecasts for the first day of practice at Montreal proved to be mostly right. A lot of rain did fall but fortunately for the F1 fraternity most of it was before and after the two 90-minute sessions.

That left teams with more dry-weather running than they were expecting. However it was on a track that was very green and was improving at a rapid rate, making it difficult to assess who genuinely was quickest.

Fernando Alonso came close to topping the times on several occasions, only to hit trouble in the final sector. He eventually did nail the fastest time of the day but admitted “we must ensure we make the right decisions, because today we saw how getting a clean lap depends a lot on the time you make the decision and what track conditions are like at that moment.”

Alonso may have produced the quickest individual lap time but Lewis Hamilton had the fastest three combined sectors, indicating the Mercedes is still the benchmark car over a single lap. Nor was Sebastian Vettel far behind – and Red Bull tend to play an extra-conservative game on Fridays.

It was Romain Grosjean, not Kimi Raikkonen, who led the way for Lotus. “It wasn?t easy to get the tyres up to temperature today, but it?s pretty cold at the circuit so that?s not too much of a surprise,” was the 2007 world champion’s explanation. Warmer conditions are expected on Sunday, which should play into Lotus’s hands.

Daniel Ricciardo had a promising session in the Toro Rosso, ending up inside the top ten and was by far the fastest driver in the speed trap. “In the dry in the afternoon, after my first couple of runs on the prototype and the [medium], I felt we could get more out of the car, so we made a fairly big change which I think worked in our favour,” he said.

But Jenson Button was left to rue a technical problem which kept him from evaluating the McLaren’s long-run performance: “We needed everything to be reliable today, but I only managed three laps on my high-fuel run before I had a problem with the gearbox.”

Here’s all the data from the first two practice sessions for the Canadian Grand Prix:

Longest stint comparison

This chart shows all the drivers’ lap times (in seconds) during their longest unbroken stint:

http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/charts/2013drivercolours.csv

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Sebastian Vettel 80.44 79.283 79.061 80.595 79.369 81.374 80.856 79.284 78.799 78.905 79.068 78.75 79.291 78.601 78.892 78.317 79.776 78.266
Mark Webber 79.969 79.666 79.212 78.959 78.659 78.718 79.307 79.177 79.33 80.095 82.694 80.956
Fernando Alonso 79.365 79.189 78.99 81.467 78.951 78.681 81.28 78.125 78.469 78.18 78.19 78.301 78.348 78.246
Felipe Massa 80.857 79.945 80.274 79.915 79.948 79.013 78.977 82.82 78.689 78.766 78.531 78.871 82.889 78.467
Jenson Button 77.515 84.007 77.143 79.346 82.39 76.715 76.705
Sergio Perez 82.338 81.837 80.976 81.024 80.408 80.302 80.841 80.576 81.363 91.436 80.062 79.731 83.519 79.649 79.093 79.51 79.493
Kimi Raikkonen 82.297 79.621 79.912 80.06 79.738 80.023 80.048 79.937 79.79 79.884 83.56 80.15 83.785
Romain Grosjean 80.786 80.598 80.465 80.556 80.583 80.623 80.593 84.775
Nico Rosberg 83.437 82.292 81.596 82.751 79.771 82.003 79.809 79.898 91.259 79.281 81.863 80.356 79.954 79.688 79.479 79.627
Lewis Hamilton 83.549 80.499 80.287 80.16 80.378 83.422 79.9 79.881 79.729 79.685 79.726 79.666 79.8 78.949
Nico Hulkenberg 82.757 82.404 81.993 81.871 85.784 81.639 81.486 81.863 81.466 80.831 80.555 81.293 80.759 80.343 79.965
Esteban Gutierrez 81.257 81.143 81.009 80.68 80.684 80.494 80.703 80.968 81.303 81.563 81.401
Paul di Resta 79.588 76.872 76.271 86.927 76.212 88.706 75.981
Adrian Sutil 81.449 80.625 81.851 80.169 80.418 80.463 80.24 81.29 81.117
Pastor Maldonado 83.353 82.314 81.029 81.414 82.496 81.57 83.628 92.753 90.446 82.136 92.609 80.52 80.846 90.178 93.364 82.315 80.871 80.716
Valtteri Bottas 84.135 81.605 80.963 80.943 90.908 80.855 80.708 81.316 80.867 80.538 80.45
Jean-Eric Vergne 80.8 80.068 80.739 85.108 80.556 82.512 80.421 80.583 80.303 80.517
Daniel Ricciardo 81.795 80.962 80.879 80.233 80.082 80.237 80.152 80.507 80.177 81.027 80.368 79.988 79.761 79.576 80.817
Charles Pic 81.64 81.173 80.468 83.461 80.294 80.615 83.139
Giedo van der Garde 83.318 82.239 83.187 82.623 83.412 85.398 82.911 82.532 82.663
Jules Bianchi 82.103 81.61 85.58 84.144 81.474 80.685 80.513 80.635 84.276 80.996 81.531
Max Chilton 81.347 83.154 81.457 83.041 81.062 80.764 80.845 80.674 81.055 82.869 80.882 81.836 80.484 80.335

Sector times and ultimate lap times

Pos No. Driver Car S1 S2 S2 Ultimate Gap Deficit to best
1 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 20.705 (2) 24.042 (3) 29.964 (1) 1’14.711 0.119
2 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 20.656 (1) 24.020 (2) 30.063 (2) 1’14.739 0.028 0.079
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 20.804 (5) 23.926 (1) 30.112 (3) 1’14.842 0.131 0.438
4 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 20.895 (7) 24.061 (4) 30.124 (5) 1’15.080 0.369 0.003
5 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 20.716 (3) 24.081 (6) 30.362 (12) 1’15.159 0.448 0.053
6 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 20.751 (4) 24.321 (12) 30.112 (3) 1’15.184 0.473 0.065
7 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 20.909 (8) 24.139 (7) 30.206 (7) 1’15.254 0.543 0.000
8 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 20.977 (12) 24.147 (8) 30.272 (10) 1’15.396 0.685 0.000
9 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 20.968 (11) 24.232 (9) 30.199 (6) 1’15.399 0.688 0.023
10 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 20.825 (6) 24.368 (14) 30.257 (9) 1’15.450 0.739 0.116
11 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 20.948 (9) 24.267 (10) 30.305 (11) 1’15.520 0.809 0.079
12 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 20.965 (10) 24.080 (5) 30.517 (13) 1’15.562 0.851 0.099
13 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 21.224 (14) 24.319 (11) 30.243 (8) 1’15.786 1.075 0.069
14 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 21.121 (13) 24.477 (16) 30.639 (15) 1’16.237 1.526 0.082
15 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 21.224 (14) 24.366 (13) 30.745 (18) 1’16.335 1.624 0.039
16 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 21.282 (16) 24.501 (17) 30.568 (14) 1’16.351 1.640 0.000
17 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 21.401 (18) 24.391 (15) 30.658 (16) 1’16.450 1.739 0.025
18 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 21.433 (19) 24.561 (18) 30.791 (19) 1’16.785 2.074 0.144
19 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 21.449 (20) 24.882 (20) 30.739 (17) 1’17.070 2.359 0.000
20 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 21.357 (17) 24.838 (19) 30.980 (20) 1’17.175 2.464 0.061
21 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 21.787 (22) 25.034 (22) 31.003 (21) 1’17.824 3.113 0.064
22 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 21.678 (21) 25.012 (21) 31.513 (22) 1’18.203 3.492 0.189

Complete practice times

Pos Driver Car FP1 FP2 Total laps
1 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’21.308 1’14.818 64
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’25.054 1’14.830 66
3 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’21.258 1’15.083 61
4 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’23.131 1’15.212 62
5 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’22.402 1’15.249 68
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’23.341 1’15.254 56
7 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’23.047 1’15.280 67
8 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’23.417 1’15.396 62
9 Jenson Button McLaren 1’21.108 1’15.422 49
10 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’22.068 1’15.566 56
11 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’21.608 1’15.599 57
12 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’22.587 1’15.661 56
13 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’21.020 1’15.855 32
14 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’27.522 1’16.319 57
15 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’23.386 1’16.351 57
16 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’23.352 1’16.374 57
17 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’23.957 1’16.475 78
18 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’25.354 1’16.929 57
19 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’29.306 1’17.070 49
20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’17.236 35
21 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’25.821 1’17.888 64
22 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’25.753 1’18.392 60
23 Alexander Rossi Caterham-Renault 1’27.143 20

Speed trap

# Driver Car Engine Max speed (kph) Gap
1 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso Ferrari 323.1
2 15 Adrian Sutil Force India Mercedes 319 4.1
3 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber Ferrari 318.9 4.2
4 14 Paul di Resta Force India Mercedes 318.9 4.2
5 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes Mercedes 318.5 4.6
6 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari Ferrari 317.6 5.5
7 23 Max Chilton Marussia Cosworth 317.5 5.6
8 5 Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes 317.4 5.7
9 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari Ferrari 317.3 5.8
10 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes 317.2 5.9
11 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia Cosworth 317.2 5.9
12 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso Ferrari 316.9 6.2
13 6 Sergio Perez McLaren Mercedes 316.7 6.4
14 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus Renault 316.6 6.5
15 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams Renault 316.5 6.6
16 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams Renault 315.7 7.4
17 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Renault 315.2 7.9
18 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus Renault 315.2 7.9
19 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Renault 315 8.1
20 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber Ferrari 314.5 8.6
21 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham Renault 311.5 11.6
22 20 Charles Pic Caterham Renault 309.9 13.2

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23 comments on Alonso heads times but Hamilton has fastest sectors

  1. Manished said on 8th June 2013, 0:16

    Ferrari ‘s long run was approximately 1 sec faster than Lotus / lap

    Game over. Its ferrari’s race to lose.

    • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 8th June 2013, 0:46

      They did do a shorter run than the Red Bull’s though and weren’t significantly faster…

      • Manished said on 8th June 2013, 1:56

        I heard similar statement after Barcelona Fp2…..guess what…both ferrari dominate the field with outright pace.

      • Pennyroyal tea (@peartree) said on 8th June 2013, 6:17

        @vettel1 I’d say that the Red bull like I had predicted are the class of the field in this type of tracks, as shown at Sahkir. Some people said the Mercedes rears problem was with lateral g’s rather than longitudinal, so that’s busted as they struggled with rear temps. Finally I though Ferrari would struggle with front temperatures and rear grip but Alonsos run on ss was cautiously impressive as Ferrari always run light. If it’s wet it’s RedBull ftw, if it’s dry it’s RedBull anyway. They never won at Montreal, honestly I don’t rememeber why as they did the last 2 poles at Canada.

        • Kingshark (@kingshark) said on 8th June 2013, 7:53

          @vettel1
          Alonso’s long run

          1:19.3
          1:19.1
          1:18.9
          1:21.4 – Held up by traffic.
          1:18.9
          1:18.6
          1:21.2 – Held up by traffic again.
          1:18.1
          1:18.4
          1:18.1
          1:18.1
          1:18.3
          1:18.3
          1:18.2

          14 laps of Alonso pushing on his tyres, yet still going consistently quicker and quicker.

  2. smartech1 said on 8th June 2013, 0:27

    Looks like Ferrari are doing a 3 stopper, Red Bull perhaps 2 stopper.

  3. sdtaylor91 (@sdtaylor91) said on 8th June 2013, 1:20

    Looking like Hamilton for Pole and probably Alonso for the win at this rate. The mercedes’ last laps on their option stints were quick, so they’re nursing them, but they are keeping life in them. They might have good enough race pace for a podium maybe

  4. sdtaylor91 (@sdtaylor91) said on 8th June 2013, 1:22

    Ricciardo in the speed trap though, wow! he’s gonna breeze past people in the race

  5. obviously said on 8th June 2013, 1:30

    I’m quietly optimistic, seeing that Alonso’s long run pace is noticeable fastest. They just need to realize it on Sunday.

  6. elmaestro (@gamer7) said on 8th June 2013, 2:11

    the kimster should just get his **** together, qualify near the front row, do 1 less stop less than the others and the win is his.

  7. faulty (@faulty) said on 8th June 2013, 5:30

    Has Hamilton posted his fastest lap on a long stint on the last lap of a practice session before this season?

    Or do I need to take off the tin hat?

  8. AdrianMorse (@adrianmorse) said on 8th June 2013, 6:00

    Mercedes have already covered 134 laps of 4.361km, which equals 584km on this Friday alone. That’s already more than half a Pirelli test ;-)

  9. Funkyf1 (@funkyf1) said on 8th June 2013, 8:28

    Hamilton is pushing the car trying to find out where he has been failing in previous attempts, everyone’s else is “just” practicing. Alonso for pole.

  10. Force Maikel (@force-maikel) said on 8th June 2013, 9:10

    They way its looking now we could have a major fight in the race between Ferrari, Red Bull and Mercedes. Mercedes and Red Bull seem naturally fast around here but the Ferrari can do longer stints and are quicker on the straights vs the Red Bull. Lotus doesn’t seem to have the pace but we all know they have no tyre issues, I wouldn’t rule them out to be in the mix (Kimi that is, not Romain).

    • Manished said on 8th June 2013, 10:26

      Lotus’ team report mentioned they failed to switch on the tyre due to extreme cool condition……

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