Di Resta heads times in damp first practice

2013 Canadian Grand Prix first practice

Paul di Resta, Force India, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2013Paul di Resta ended the first practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix on top for Force India.

The first session of the weekend began with a wet track but as the rain had stopped the drivers were able to begin their programmes quickly. After installation laps on full wet weather tyres they discovered the track was already in good enough shape for intermediate tyres to be viable.

The track continued to dry throughout the 90 minutes of running but the final minutes of the session were disrupted when Pastor Maldonado crashed at turn four, bringing out the yellow flags.

With the track improving rapidly Di Resta posted the best time of 1’21.020, less than a tenth of a second faster than second-placed Jenson Button.

Romain Grosjean was third ahead of Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen.

Having been fastest for much of the session when the track was wet Nico Rosberg ended up seventh fastest behind Daniel Ricciardo. Sebastian Vettel, also led the times for a while and ended up ninth behind Sergio Perez. Mark Webber completed the top ten.

Lewis Hamilton was well down in 15th. Earlier in the session he took to the grass on the approach to the final chicane as he came across Webber and Massa going slowly on the way into the corner.

It wasn’t until the final few minutes that drivers were able to switch to slicks, including Pirelli’s new development tyres. Shortly after then Maldonado lost control of his car at turn three and hit the wall at turn-four head-on.

Despite the challenging conditions he was the only driver to hit the barrier. Jules Bianchi’s session came to an early end when he went off at turn three and stopped in the escape road.

Adrian Sutil also lost control of his Force India at the exit of the turn ten hairpin but kept it out of the barriers.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’21.020 10
2 5 Jenson Button McLaren 1’21.108 0.088 20
3 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’21.258 0.238 21
4 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’21.308 0.288 16
5 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’21.608 0.588 22
6 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’22.068 1.048 18
7 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’22.402 1.382 22
8 6 Sergio Perez McLaren 1’22.587 1.567 17
9 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’23.047 2.027 26
10 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’23.131 2.111 16
11 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’23.341 2.321 13
12 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’23.352 2.332 17
13 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’23.386 2.366 19
14 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’23.417 2.397 19
15 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’23.957 2.937 33
16 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’25.054 4.034 21
17 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’25.354 4.334 22
18 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’25.753 4.733 21
19 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’25.821 4.801 19
20 20 Alexander Rossi Caterham-Renault 1’27.143 6.123 20
21 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’27.522 6.502 11
22 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’29.306 8.286 8

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31 comments on Di Resta heads times in damp first practice

  1. Eggry (@eggry) said on 7th June 2013, 16:42

    Maldonadoh has proved FIA&Williams’ nose crash test was genuine.

  2. Shahul (@shahulx) said on 7th June 2013, 17:17

    Love seeing the progress of Force India this year!!

  3. tmax (@tmax) said on 7th June 2013, 17:32

    Jenson definitely does well in rains in this track. I am sure he is hoping for more and more of it.

  4. bull mello (@bullmello) said on 7th June 2013, 17:54

    Is there a track Maldonado has not gone off of yet this season?

  5. Ivano (@) said on 7th June 2013, 17:55

    My loyalty is red. But I do hope to see Grosjean and Perez high in the points this race. And if it rains, come on Bianchi, you can do it!!!

  6. Robbie (@robbie) said on 7th June 2013, 18:05

    Ah. My question has been answered. In spite of the weather the teams did get in some running on the development tires, maybe will be able to do some more this afternoon, weather permitting of course, and then should have them for Britain. Just wasn’t sure if the inclement weather would have meant the use of the new tires being put off to Friday of Britain, and then full use of them for the race (Germany I think) after that.

  7. kpcart said on 7th June 2013, 18:15

    Rosberg faster then Hamilton again in the wet, it now seems routine. Hamilton at one point was considered a rain-meister because of his silverstone win in the wet. but most wet events since then have shown he is not a rain-meister at all.
    i think with the rain, this might be a mercedes weekend again as both drivers can qualify high and maybe not worry about dry tyre-wear. it will be interesting which driver finishes up on top if it is wet all weekend – with hamilton so often fast at montreal, if rosberg can beat him again here, it will certainly lift his standing in the f1 world so much more – just in one race.

  8. caci_99 said on 7th June 2013, 18:24

    I haven’t followed Practice 1, and can’t follow the others as well, but the differences between team mates are not normal, another indication for me of the influence of the wet track.

    • Ivano (@) said on 7th June 2013, 18:26

      Friday practice is also a small indication of actual race pace, regardless wet or dry, it’s the day when teams mainly concentrate on set up.

  9. Roald (@roald) said on 7th June 2013, 18:49

    Am I the only one increasingly impressed by VDG? Even though he’s a fellow Dutchman I wasn’t supporting him at all, but it seems like he’s more comfortable in the car and the team now.

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