ferrari-logo-2011Canadian GP – An unpredictable qualifying

Fernando Alonso: “We were well aware how difficult this weekend could be, because with such changeable weather, the track can change from one lap to the next and right to the end, you can never be sure what are the right tyres to use. I am reasonably happy to have salvaged what I could from a qualifying that featured so many unknowns. Starting from sixth here isn’t bad, because you can overtake at this circuit. I’m definitely hoping for a race with no rain, because in the dry, looking at yesterday’s long runs, we can be more competitive and quicker than some of the cars that start in front of us tomorrow. The aim is still to make up ground on our closest competitors: with Raikkonen we have a slightly better chance of doing so, as he is starting behind me, while with Vettel, it’s a tougher task. In any case, I won’t take anything for granted, because here, especially if it rains, anything can happen and it can be the case that strategy counts for less than luck does”.
Felipe Massa: “I am very unhappy with the way qualifying went for me. Track conditions were not easy, there was very little grip and I was struggling to put together a good lap. I went out in Q2 because I braked on a white line at Turn 3 and when the rear end broke away, there was nothing I could do anymore. Physically, I’m fine, but within myself I’m very disappointed. Never before have I had three accidents in such close succession, even if it’s always the case that when you try and give your all on tracks like this one and Monte Carlo, the risks are always higher. I still don’t know exactly how badly damaged the car is, but even if I’m very disappointed with what happened, we must stay focused, because tomorrow’s race will be long and on this track, anything can happen. I had a good pace today and tomorrow I plan to drive an attacking race”.
Pat Fry: “Today’s qualifying was extremely complicated and its outcome was significantly influenced by the variable weather conditions. In situations like this, the drivers must absolutely be able to do the right number of runs in all three phases that make up the session and with that in mind, we paid close attention to how much fuel we put in the cars, in addition to making the best tyre choices on a track that was in a state of continuous evolution, because of the intermittent rain. In fact, we had a few problems in getting the tyres up to temperature and on top of that the track surface here is less abrasive and so it’s even harder to get the right feeling from the tyres. Fortunately, overtaking is possible here and from where he starts on the grid, Fernando can certainly try to attack. It will be harder for Felipe, because he’s starting from quite a way back. But in the last few races, we have always had a good race pace and we hope that tomorrow the weather clears up enough so that we can make the most of our potential”.

ALONSO   – Chassis 299 MASSA   – Chassis 298
Q1 P2 1:23.224 New  Supersoft – 1 lap

New  Intermediate – 7 laps

New  Intermediate – 4 laps

P5 1:23.735 New  Supersoft – 1 lap

New  Intermediate – 6 laps

New  Intermediate – 5 laps

Q2 P8 1:28.788 Old  Intermediate – 5 laps

New  Intermediate – 5 laps

P16 1:30.354 Old  Intermediate – 4 laps

New  Intermediate – 4 laps

Q3 P6 1:26.504 Old  Intermediate – 3 laps

New  Intermediate – 5 laps

Weather:  air 17 °C, track 18/19 °C. Light rain

Canadian GP – Unpredictable conditions: Alonso sixth, Massa sixteenth

Montreal,8 June – Fernando Alonso finished sixth in today’s qualifying at the Gilles Villeneuve circuit. Felipe Massa had an unlucky afternoon ending his qualifying in Q2 when he went off the track and is down in sixteenth spot.

The poor weather we have experienced this weekend continued throughout all of qualifying and the tension was palpable right from the start of Q1, a part of proceedings the top teams usually feel quite comfortable about. At the green light, the drivers set off on dry tyres, but it was clear after just a few corners that intermediates were the correct choice. With rain still falling, Alonso was second with Massa a good fifth. It was still a case of intermediates even though the rain intensified in Q2 and two laps from the end, Massa lost control of the car under braking for turn 3 and ended in the barriers, while Alonso was second again.

In Q3, all ten cars were still on intermediates, with Alonso doing his first run on a used set, then with three minutes to go he went out with his last set of new tyres. The rain intensified towards the end making it impossible to improve on the times set earlier. Pole position went to Sebastian in the Red Bull in a time of 1.25.425.

Canadian GP – Half a session

Montreal, 8 June – The third and final free practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix only lasted 30 minutes instead of an hour as a damaged crash barrier had to be repaired, before the cars were allowed out on track. In the damp and tricky conditions on the Ile Notre Dame, Mark Webber was quickest for Red Bull in a time of 1.17.895, followed by the Force India of Adrian Sutil (1.18.248) and Lewis Hamilton (1.18.732) in the Mercedes. The Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa were fourth and eighth respectively in times of 1.18.977 and 1.19.750. They both only got in a short but vital final run on the Supersoft tyres as the track gradually dried out, having started out on rain tyres. The Spaniard did 10 laps in his F138, while the Brazilian completed one less, as they worked on finding the best set-up for qualifying and the race.