2018 Canadian GP: Alonso’s Friday in Montréal

Alonso in Canada

A trouble-free Friday for Fernando Alonso’s side of the McLaren team.

Although free practice one provided early hypersoft tyre runs’ for both Fernando & Stoffel Vandoorne, both have managed to set a faster lap time in the session – Fernando ranking 7th & Vandoorne 9th, nearly half a second behind.

Alonso set the 10th fastest time in practice two, with team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne crashing his car on the exit of turn 10 – finishing his session early, ending up in 16th place.

2018 Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix Practice One Results
 DriverTeam
EngineLapsTimeGap
1.netherlands Max VerstappenRed BullRenault261’13.302 
2.united_kingdom Lewis HamiltonMercedesMercedes291’13.3900.088
3.australia Daniel RicciardoRed BullRenault241’13.5180.216
4.germany Sebastian VettelFerrariFerrari191’13.5740.272
5.finland Valtteri BottasMercedesMercedes311’13.6170.315
6.finland Kimi RaikkonenFerrariFerrari281’13.7270.425
7.spain Fernando AlonsoRenaultRenault271’13.9000.598
8.spain Carlos SainzRenaultRenault241’14.1160.814
9.belgium Stoffel VandoorneMcLarenRenault191’14.3111.009
10.france Pierre GaslyToro RossoHonda311’15.0041.702

Fernando Alonso, Post-Practice:

“It felt quite positive today. The car felt good straight away from FP1, and then we concentrated a little bit more on long runs and set-up in FP2, and I think we’re happy. The car seems competitive here, now we need to deliver the result tomorrow in qualifying.”

“On this circuit, you need to prioritise race pace, because you can overtake here so you need to be strong on Sunday. It’s not worth putting all your efforts in on Saturday because there are no points in qualifying, but I think Q3 is possible tomorrow.”

“We didn’t have any big issues with the balance – we hardly touched the set-up, we just did some aero tests with the new parts we brought out here and we will now sit down, analyse the data and optimise the car for tomorrow.”

“I tested the Hypersoft only in FP1 and it’s difficult to say how it really is, but maybe it’s a little bit better than expected, as the graining so far is not too bad. It’s definitely the quickest tyre over one lap.”

“The race will be interesting with some people going for one stop and some for two using the Hypersoft, and that opens a window to creativity, so let’s see if we can optimise that.”

2018 Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix Practice Two Results
 DriverTeam
EngineLapsTimeGap
1.netherlands Max VerstappenRed BullRenault391’12.198 
2.finland Kimi RaikkonenFerrariFerrari421’12.3280.130
3.australia Daniel RicciardoRed BullRenault171’12.6030.405
4.united_kingdom Lewis HamiltonMercedesMercedes391’12.7770.579
5.germany Sebastian VettelFerrariFerrari241’12.9850.787
6.finland Valtteri BottasMercedesMercedes401’13.0610.863
7.france Romain Grosjean
HaasFerrari341’13.6201.422
8.france Esteban OconForce IndiaMercedes401’13.7471.549
9.mexico Sergio PerezForce IndiaMercedes401’13.7541.556
10.spain Fernando AlonsoMcLarenRenault301’13.8661.668