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

It was in a very political context that the first free practice sessions for the Canadian F1 Grand Prix began. Indeed, the FIA announced measures to limit porpoise and the rebounds of the 2022 single-seaters, which will affect the work, the scenarios and obviously the performance of each team.

We’ve also seen Mercedes F1 inaugurate an impressive notch in Lewis Hamilton’s flat, a solution George Russell didn’t embark on. Before the start of the weekend, the seven-time world champion had announced I was going to try an “extreme” solution for EL1 and EL2.

The session, the first F1 race in Montreal since the 2019 Canadian GP, ​​took place in the sun at the start, and especially in the dry, albeit with an impressive wind. The Gilles Villeneuve circuit was hit yesterday by heavy downpours that partially flooded the pit lane.

Sergio Pérez set a first reference on medium tires in 1’16″5. Max Verstappen improved in 1’15″799, then accelerated almost immediately in 1’15″703. Pérez regained control in 1’15″660, while Esteban Ocon He returned to the pits with his brakes fuming. In fact, he placed a plastic bag on his right front shovel, preventing any chill.

Carlos Sainz then set the fastest time on soft tyres, with a time of 1:15.404, before Verstappen reclaimed the lead in 1:15.158, also on 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 studied so that the drivers could take advantage of their new findings and new settings, in order to limit the rebounds and their amplitude.

Despite complaints about his Red Bull bouncing, Verstappen held the fastest time ahead of Sainz, who complained of destroyed rear tires at the end of his long stage in the middle. Fernando Alonso is third, with a time with medium tires. He is ahead of Pérez and Leclerc, after George Russell, Stroll, Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo.

The first Frenchman, Pierre Gasly, is 11th ahead of Lando Norris and Alex Albon. Tsunoda remains 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.

position Pilot Car Weather towers
01 max verstappen Red Bull RBPT RB18 1:15,158 27
02 Carlos Sainz ferrari f1-75 1:15,404 3. 4
03 Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault A522 1:15,531 31
04 Sergio Perez Red Bull RBPT RB18 1:15,619 32
05 Charles Leclerc ferrari f1-75 1:15,666 30
06 george russell mercedes w13 1:15,822 29
07 spear ride Aston Martin Mercedes AMR22 1:15,877 32
08 Lewis Hamilton mercedes w13 1:15,877 27
09 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin Mercedes AMR22 1:16,041 33
10 Daniel Ricciardo McLarenMercedes MCL36 1:16,083 29
eleven pierre gasley Alpha Tauri RBPT AT03 1:16.165 29
12 lando norris McLarenMercedes MCL36 1:16.211 17
13 alex albon Williams Mercedes FW44 1:16,308 29
14 yukitsunoda Alpha Tauri RBPT AT03 1:16,322 33
fifteen Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault A522 1:16,421 26
sixteen Valtteri Bottas alfa romeo ferrari c42 1:16,426 27
17 Guanyu-Zhou alfa romeo ferrari c42 1:17,152 30
18 Mike Schumacher Haas Ferrari VF-22 1:17,223 29
19 Nicholas Latif Williams Mercedes FW44 1:17,241 33
twenty kevin magnussen Haas Ferrari VF-22 1:17,555 31

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