Max quickest in Montreal FP1
Published on 08 June 2018 by Stefan Meens
Max Verstappen started his Canadian Grand Prix weekend by setting the pace in the opening session. The Dutchman was quickest ahead of reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) and Aston Martin Red Bull Racing team mate Daniel Ricciardo.
At the start of the session, we see not one, but two Canadians on the drivers list. Apart from Williams regular Lance Stroll, compatriot Nicolas Latifi is driving Sergio Perez’ Force India in FP1.
Half an hour into the session, race control deploys a virtual safety car after Nico Hulkenberg’s Renault has stopped on the final straight. The German’s gearbox is stuck in neutral meaning the marshals have to rescue the stricken Renault and return it to the team.
In the second half of FP1, several drivers switch to the fastest compound made available by Pirelli, the hyper-soft. In his first lap on these pink side-walled tyres, Max climbs up to P7, before clocking three purple sectors to claim the fastest lap of the session.
Meanwhile, Max notices something flapping near his front suspension. He notifies the team and returns to the pits for further investigation. The damage appears to limited as the youngster is back on track ten minutes later.
Again, Max heads out on the hyper-soft tyres, but is unable to improve on his earlier efforts. Sirotkin’s spin in the dying seconds of the session mean nobody betters Max’ lap time, granting the Dutchman his first P1 of the season.
|1||Max Verstappen||VER||Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer||1:13.302||26|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||RIC||Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer||1:13.518||+0.216s||24|
|7||Fernando Alonso||ALO||McLaren Renault||1:13.900||+0.598s||27|
|9||Stoffel Vandoorne||VAN||McLaren Renault||1:14.311||+1.009s||19|
|10||Pierre Gasly||GAS||Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda||1:15.004||+1.702s||31|
|11||Esteban Ocon||OCO||Force India Mercedes||1:15.071||+1.769s||29|
|12||Romain Grosjean||GRO||Haas Ferrari||1:15.119||+1.817s||21|
|13||Marcus Ericsson||ERI||Sauber Ferrari||1:15.386||+2.084s||30|
|14||Charles Leclerc||LEC||Sauber Ferrari||1:15.439||+2.137s||30|
|15||Kevin Magnussen||MAG||Haas Ferrari||1:15.579||+2.277s||21|
|16||Brendon Hartley||HAR||Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda||1:15.756||+2.454s||38|
|17||Sergey Sirotkin||SIR||Williams Mercedes||1:15.768||+2.466s||30|
|18||Lance Stroll||STR||Williams Mercedes||1:16.259||+2.957s||16|
|19||Nicholas Latifi||LAT||Force India Mercedes||1:17.145||+3.843s||28|