Canadian GP: Max quickest in first Friday practice session
Published on 17 June 2022 by Stefan Meens
Max Verstappen clocked the fastest lap of the opening practice session of the Canadian Grand Prix. The Oracle Red Bull Racing driver lapped the Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve quickest ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Fernando Alonso’s Alpine.
At the start of the session, Max is one of the first drivers to steer his car onto the circuit. He does so on a set of medium Pirellis. The reigning champ hits the ground running by going fastest on his first run, usurping Valtteri Bottas who topped the leader boards after his first effort. The Alfa Romeo driver retaliates by going quicker than Max on his second run, but the Dutchman betters the Finn’s time on his subsequent attempt.
Max continues to be at the front until the halfway mark of the session when more and more drivers switch to the soft tyres. When Max steers his RB18 out of the garage with the red side-walled Pirellis, it does not take long for him to return to team after noticing some issues with the car’s suspension.
Once the Red Bull mechanics and engineers have finished solving the problems on Max’ car, he finds himself in P4 on the timing sheets with the Ferraris of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, as well as teammate Sergio Perez, in front of him. However, on his first flying laps on the softs, the world champions sets the quickest lap of the session and retakes top spot for the remainder of FP1.
In the final quarter of the session, lap times are not bettered as most teams have shifted their attention to long runs, meaning Max is the pace-setter ahead of Sainz and Alonso.
|1||Max Verstappen||VER||Red Bull Racing RBPT||1:15.158||26|
|3||Fernando Alonso||ALO||Alpine Renault||1:15.531||+0.373s||30|
|4||Sergio Perez||PER||Red Bull Racing RBPT||1:15.619||+0.461s||31|
|7||Lance Stroll||STR||Aston Martin Mercedes||1:15.877||+0.719s||31|
|9||Sebastian Vettel||VET||Aston Martin Mercedes||1:16.041||+0.883s||32|
|10||Daniel Ricciardo||RIC||McLaren Mercedes||1:16.083||+0.925s||28|
|11||Pierre Gasly||GAS||AlphaTauri RBPT||1:16.165||+1.007s||28|
|12||Lando Norris||NOR||McLaren Mercedes||1:16.211||+1.053s||17|
|13||Alexander Albon||ALB||Williams Mercedes||1:16.308||+1.150s||28|
|14||Yuki Tsunoda||TSU||AlphaTauri RBPT||1:16.322||+1.164s||32|
|15||Esteban Ocon||OCO||Alpine Renault||1:16.421||+1.263s||25|
|16||Valtteri Bottas||BOT||Alfa Romeo Ferrari||1:16.426||+1.268s||27|
|17||Zhou Guanyu||ZHO||Alfa Romeo Ferrari||1:17.152||+1.994s||29|
|18||Mick Schumacher||MSC||Haas Ferrari||1:17.223||+2.065s||24|
|19||Nicholas Latifi||LAT||Williams Mercedes||1:17.241||+2.083s||32|
|20||Kevin Magnussen||MAG||Haas Ferrari||1:17.555||+2.397s||30|