Canada has always been a mixed bag of a race in the past. The forecast nearly always has some rain in the practice, qualifying or the race itself. This year however was an exception as there was only a few drops of rain, and the period of rain was so light and short it had hardly any impact.
Lewis Hamilton once again grabbed the top spot of the times in FP1. David Croft’s commentary also pointed out the Groundhogs, Foxes and Squirrels that were dicing with death by hanging out on the track. You don’t want to hit one of those!
For FP1 all of the teams chose to run with their main drivers on track instead of running a test/reserve driver.
Several upgrades came to Canada for the GP with Williams sporting a rear wing update and Ferrari running different exhaust set ups.
Jenson Button also did not have much luck as a oil leak/problem kept his car confined to the garage for a lot of the session.
The top twelve in FP1 were separated by a second while the overall field spread was 4.5s.
Lewis Hamilton was once again on form topping the times for a second time. Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa prooved that Ferrai are not out of contention for the title coming in just behind Hamiltion by 2 tenths of a second!
Bruno Senna brought out the red flag as he became the first driver of the weekend to hit the Wall of Champions. When practice resumed most teams were trying out the “Red” supersoft compound tyres with heavier “race” fuel loads.