Wildlife Watch – Canadian Grand Prix, Free Practice 1

Plenty of track time for Kimi and Romain during the opening session at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve this morning as preparations began for the weekend’s action

Kimi Räikkönen, E20-03
  • Position: P15
  • Best Time: 1:17.014
  • Laps Completed: 42
For a full run-down of the session’s final standings.
Overcast but dry conditions kicked off running in Montréal this morning, with Lotus F1 Team opting for a condensed schedule; the focus on attaining as much data as possible during the opening session to counter the threat of rain this afternoon.
With this in mind, both E20’s departed their respective garages with just seconds elapsed in the session, both sporting matching sets of yellow marked soft compound Pirelli tyres for the install laps and opening stints.
With 10 minutes elapsed, Romain put in the fastest time of the early runners only to be ousted from top spot almost immediately by his team-mate. Slippery conditions on the green track surface were evident with the outside, with the nature of the circuit as a temporary street-based facility doubtless bringing significant track evolution over the course of the weekend.

Red flags interrupted proceedings with 40 minutes remaining as the Caterham of Heikki Kovalainen clipped the wall at the same spot which Romain had experienced a sideways moment minutes before. This came just at the wrong time for Kimi, who had just taken to the track for his first taste of the red marked super soft compound Pirelli tyres.25 minutes into the session and a few drops of rain began to fall, with Kimi in particular reporting a noticeable change to track conditions. This was demonstrated in heart-stopping fashion by Romain a few minutes later, as the Frenchman showed sharp reactions to catch a big slide through the third chicane.
Frequent excursions onto the circuit by a variety of local wildlife failed to hinder progress for the remainder of the session, with Kimi and Romain racking up the laps on both tyre compounds while the mechanics relentlessly tweaked the cars in search of the ultimate setup.
As the chequered flag dropped to end the session, Kimi found himself in P15 with a best time of 1:17.014 from a mammoth total of 42 laps, while Romain just edged his team mate in P14 – his best effort of 1:16.890 coming from 36 laps. 

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