2013 CANADA GP: FRIDAY RESULTS

Paul di Resta ended the first practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix on top for Force India. The first session of the weekend began with a wet track but as the rain had stopped the drivers were able to begin their programmes quickly. Briton set his fastest time using Pirelli's medium tyres. McLaren's Jenson Button was second quickest, with Lotus driver Romain Grosjean in third and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso in fourth. Kimi Raikkonen completed the top five in the second Lotus.

During the intermediate tyre runs it had been Mercedes AMG who looked the class of the field as their drivers topped the timesheets, but end result not showing that, Nico Rosberg ended up seventh and Lewis Hamilton down in 16th. The final flurry of times came when enough of a dry line appeared for slicks to be used, but conditions remained tricky off-line and Maldonado dropped his Williams at Turn 3, hitting the wall at Turn 4 head-on to wipe the front end off his car.

Jules Bianchi’s session came to an early end when he went off at turn three and stopped in the escape road. Adrian Sutil also lost control of his Force India at the exit of the turn ten hairpin but kept it out of the barriers.
FIRST FREE PRACTICE
 P.    DRIVER            TEAM           TIME       GAP     LAPS
 1. Paul di Resta       Force India    1:21.020             10
 2. Jenson Button       McLaren        1:21.108  + 0.088    20
 3. Romain Grosjean     Lotus          1:21.258  + 0.238    21
 4. Fernando Alonso     Ferrari        1:21.308  + 0.288    16
 5. Kimi Raikkonen      Lotus          1:21.608  + 0.588    22
 6. Daniel Ricciardo    Toro Rosso     1:22.068  + 1.048    18
 7. Nico Rosberg        Mercedes AMG   1:22.402  + 1.382    22
 8. Sergio Perez        McLaren        1:22.587  + 1.567    17
 9. Sebastian Vettel    Red Bull       1:23.047  + 2.027    26
10. Mark Webber         Red Bull       1:23.131  + 2.111    16
11. Felipe Massa        Ferrari        1:23.341  + 2.321    13
12. Valtteri Bottas     Williams       1:23.352  + 2.332    17
13. Jean-Eric Vergne    Toro Rosso     1:23.386  + 2.366    19
14. Adrian Sutil        Force India    1:23.417  + 2.397    19
15. Esteban Gutierrez   Sauber         1:23.957  + 2.937    33
16. Lewis Hamilton      Mercedes AMG   1:25.054  + 4.034    21
17. Nico Hulkenberg     Sauber         1:25.354  + 4.334    22
18. Giedo van der Garde Caterham       1:25.753  + 4.733    21
19. Max Chilton         Marussia       1:25.821  + 4.801    19
20. Alexander Rossi     Caterham       1:27.143  + 6.123    20
21. Pastor Maldonado    Williams       1:27.522  + 6.502    11
22. Jules Bianchi       Marussia       1:29.306  + 8.286     8
Fernando Alonso narrowly beat Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes to the fastest time in Friday practice for the Canadian Grand Prix. A totally dry afternoon session allowed teams to get on with the work stymied by morning rain, including testing the development Pirelli tyres, modified to try to eliminate recent delamination issues.

Romain Grosjean was third fastest for Lotus, 0.265s off Alonso, and ahead of Red Bull's Mark Webber in fourth, who set his time slightly earlier in the session than the three drivers ahead of him. Nico Rosberg was fifth fastest in the second Mercedes and fractionally quicker than Felipe Massa and Sebastian Vettel in sixth and seventh. Vettel was one of the first to switch to the super-softs and did not hook up a clean lap at any point, suggesting there is more time to be found from his Red Bull.

Adrian Sutil put his Force India eighth. Jenson Button had to stop slightly early in his McLaren due to gearbox sensor issues. He was still ninth quickest, sandwiched by Adrian Sutil's Force India and Daniel Ricciardo's Toro Rosso. Paul di Resta also ran into mechanical trouble, a fuel feed problem on his Force India leaving him sat idle in the garage.
SECOND FREE PRACTICE
 P.    DRIVER            TEAM           TIME       GAP     LAPS
 1. Fernando Alonso     Ferrari        1:14.818             48
 2. Lewis Hamilton      Mercedes AMG   1:14.830  + 0.012    45
 3. Romain Grosjean     Lotus          1:15.083  + 0.265    40
 4. Mark Webber         Red Bull       1:15.212  + 0.394    46
 5. Nico Rosberg        Mercedes AMG   1:15.249  + 0.431    46
 6. Felipe Massa        Ferrari        1:15.254  + 0.436    43
 7. Sebastian Vettel    Red Bull       1:15.280  + 0.462    41
 8. Adrian Sutil        Force India    1:15.396  + 0.578    43
 9. Jenson Button       McLaren        1:15.422  + 0.604    29
10. Daniel Ricciardo    Toro Rosso     1:15.566  + 0.748    38
11. Kimi Raikkonen      Lotus          1:15.599  + 0.781    35
12. Sergio Perez        McLaren        1:15.661  + 0.843    39
13. Paul di Resta       Force India    1:15.855  + 1.037    22
14. Pastor Maldonado    Williams       1:16.319  + 1.501    46
15. Jean-Eric Vergne    Toro Rosso     1:16.351  + 1.533    38
16. Valtter Bottas      Williams       1:16.374  + 1.556    40
17. Esteban Gutierrez   Sauber         1:16.475  + 1.657    45
18. Nico Hulkenberg     Sauber         1:16.929  + 2.111    35
19. Jules Bianchi       Marussia       1:17.070  + 2.252    41
20. Charles Pic         Caterham       1:17.236  + 2.418    35
21. Max Chilton         Marussia       1:17.888  + 3.070    45
22. Giedo van der Garde Caterham       1:18.392  + 3.574    39