Alonso leads Mercedes duo as practice begins

2014 Canadian Grand Prix first practice

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2014Fernando Alonso headed the two Mercedes drivers by a slender margin in the first practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix.

The Ferrari headed the times by 16 thousandths of a second ahead of Lewis Hamilton, who led much of the early running. Team mate Nico Rosberg was third-quickest, a tenth of a second off the other Mercedes.

But not for the first time this year the second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen ran into technical trouble. A radio message revealed the team had noticed his engine was knocking, and soon afterwards he returned to the pits for a lengthy spell. He later returned to the track and set the ninth-fastest time.

A late improvement by Daniel Ricciardo moved him up to sixth place behind team mate Sebastian Vettel and the Williams of Valtteri Bottas. The two McLarens were separated by less than a tenth of a second ahead of Raikkonen.

Jean-Eric Vergne put his Toro Rosso in the top ten despite also suffering a technical setback during the race.

Monaco points-scorer Jules Bianchi was the first driver to strike one of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve’s notorious walls. He glanced the barrier at turn four, damaging the right-rear of his car, leaving him crawling back to the pits for repairs.

Alexander Rossi made his first appearance in a practice session this year and finished it at the bottom of the times, three-tenths of a second off team mate Marcus Ericsson.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’17.238 21
2 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’17.254 0.016 25
3 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’17.384 0.146 32
4 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’18.131 0.893 28
5 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1’18.361 1.123 20
6 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1’18.435 1.197 26
7 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’18.446 1.208 33
8 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1’18.516 1.278 31
9 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1’18.578 1.340 15
10 25 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1’18.643 1.405 14
11 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’18.733 1.495 30
12 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1’18.959 1.721 22
13 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1’19.108 1.870 24
14 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’19.142 1.904 32
15 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1’19.177 1.939 21
16 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1’19.340 2.102 34
17 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1’19.575 2.337 7
18 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’19.804 2.566 15
19 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1’20.200 2.962 15
20 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1’20.844 3.606 26
21 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1’21.404 4.166 33
22 45 Alexander Rossi Caterham-Renault 1’21.757 4.519 27

Image © Ferrari/Ercole Colombo

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19 comments on Alonso leads Mercedes duo as practice begins

  1. Aimal (@aimalkhan) said on 6th June 2014, 16:38

    Yes yes its only practice but i cant help but get excited for the race. Hopefully a podium should be in the reach of Alonso.

  2. Eggry (@eggry) said on 6th June 2014, 16:38

    Typical performance from Alonso and Ferrari in Friday. but you know…

  3. R.J. O'Connell (@rjoconnell) said on 6th June 2014, 16:41

    It was looking so good for America until Ericsson set that 1:21.4 at the end of the session.

    I have a feeling the nation’s country singers will all write sad ballads asking where people were when Alexander Rossi finished P22 in this practice session.

  4. Eric Morman (@lethalnz) said on 6th June 2014, 16:47

    seeing those cars sliding all over the place is hard on the nerves,
    well done Alonso lets hope your still up there in qualifying,
    i am sure i noticed faster speeds down the straights or at least not far off what Merc where doing this time around.

  5. Nigelstash (@nigelstash) said on 6th June 2014, 16:54

    Would love to see a Alonso split the mercs., but I can’t see it come Sunday

  6. sreenath (@sreenath) said on 6th June 2014, 17:12

    Has ferrari got something special that they nedded as told by hamilton?

  7. NickF12013 (@nickf12013) said on 6th June 2014, 17:20

    I am getting used to this years looks and sound of the cars ! Heck, I’m even used to the looks of that monstrosity called Ferrari, I would have never expected that.

  8. BJ (@beejis60) said on 6th June 2014, 17:32

    Has anyone noticed the Merc camera mounted on the “roll hoop” area as being extremely large compared to everyone else’s camera? Was there any commentary on this?

    • GT Racer (@gt-racer) said on 6th June 2014, 18:25

      @beejis60 If your talking about the very large cameras on either side of the roll hoop then there the teams own thermal cameras, Several teams run them during Friday sessions.

      The T-bar camera on the top of the roll hoop didn’t look any different to normal to me & its in the regulations that every car must carry a camera there & that the housing has to be the same size/shape on every car to ensure nobody gets an aero advantage or disadvantage from running it.

      Having said that on Friday FOM do sometimes place a special 3D in-car housing in the T-bar camera location to get a few laps of footage for promotional purposes.
      That setup is just 2 Gopro cameras placed in there 3D setup as you can see from Monaco where it was put on a few different teams through the 2 Friday sessions-
      http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/merc-hami-mona-2014-8.jpg

      • BJ (@beejis60) said on 6th June 2014, 18:48

        No, I’m talking on the side of the roll hoop, my fault:

        http://i.imgur.com/VS85TPU.png

        • GT Racer (@gt-racer) said on 7th June 2014, 1:07

          Yeah there the teams own thermal image cameras, They provide a lot more information than the thermal images you see from the FOM units on the TV broadcast. Teams can also set them up to get whatever data they are interested in getting.

          Different teams run different types of camera, Mercedes, Red Bull & Force India run similar housings & I’ve seen Williams use them as well at times. McLaren & Ferrari run smaller units which are built into the dummy camera housings.
          You can see the Ferrari unit on the right side of the car in the image at the top of this article (FOM TV camera is on the left side of the car).

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