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Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix 2011: Mercedes and Ferrari Impress in P1

The first Practice session for the Formula 1 2011 Canadian Grand Prix took place at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on the morning of Friday 10th June 2011, with strong performances coming from the Merceds and Ferrari drivers, who produced the top four fastest lap times in P1.

Nico Rosberg, of Mercedes, was the fastest, posting a lap time of 1:15.591, some half a second ahead of Ferrari’s Spanish ace, Fernando Alonso, who was, in turn, four tenths of a second ahead of Rosberg’s team-mate and fellow German, veteran Michael Schumacher.

Italian driver, Filipe Massa, of Ferrari was fouth best, with a time of 1:16.658, just a tenth or so behind Schumacher.

The McLaren-Merceds men were next, with Jenson Button (1:16.676) narrowly edging out his British team-mate, Lewis Hamilton (1:16.842).

Red Bull will perhaps be a little disappointed with the performance of their men in P1 – Mark Webber could only manage 12th fastest, while runaway World Championship leader, Sebastian Vettel, could only muster a 16th best 1:18.852, though their Saturday and sunday performances this season mean that to disount them at this early juncture would seem a little premature.

Vettel’s underperformance brought the session to a halt as he hit the “wall of champions” at the final chicane, after out-braking himself on the Soft compound tyre.

Rubens Barichello, who holds the best ever lap recorded at this course showed once more that he enjoys the long straights and tight corners of Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Barrichello posted a 7th fastest time of 1:16.990 – some ten placesand nearly two seconds faster than his Williams-Cosworth team-mate, Pastor Maldonado. Barrichello remains a competitor, even in this, his 310th Grand Prix.

Full classification for Practice One of the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix is listed below.

FIA Formula One World Championship – 2011 Canadian Grand Prix – Practice 1 Results

Pos Ctry Name No. Team Fast Lap
1 GER Nico Rosberg 8 Mercedes GP 01:15.591
2 ESP Fernando Alonso 5 Ferrari 01:16.139
3 GER Michael Schumacher 7 Mercedes GP 01:16.549
4 BRA Felipe Massa 6 Ferrari 01:16.658
5 GBR Jenson Button 4 McLaren-Mercedes 01:16.676
6 GBR Lewis Hamilton 3 McLaren-Mercedes 01:16.842
7 BRA Rubens Barrichello 11 Williams-Cosworth 01:16.990
8 GBR Paul Di Resta 15 Force India-Mercedes 01:17.294
9 GER Nick Heidfeld 9 Renault 01:17.445
10 GER Nico Hulkenberg 14 Force India-Mercedes 01:17.549
11 MEX Sergio Perez 17 Sauber 01:17.662
12 AUS Mark Webber 2 Red Bull-Renault 01:17.820
13 ESP Jaime Alguersuari 19 Toro Rosso-Ferrari 01:18.458
14 RUS Vitaly Petrov 10 Renault 01:18.506
15 AUS Daniel Ricciardo 18 Toro Rosso-Ferrari 01:18.648
16 GER Sebastian Vettel 1 Red Bull-Renault 01:18.852
17 VEN Pastor Maldonado 12 Williams-Cosworth 01:18.932
18 ITA Jarno Trulli 21 Lotus-Renault 01:19.274
19 FIN Heikki Kovalainen 20 Lotus-Renault 01:19.422
20 JAP Kamui Kobayashi 16 Sauber 01:19.577
21 BEL Jerome d’Ambrosio 25 Virgin-Cosworth 01:19.838
22 ITA Vitantonio Liuzzi 23 Hispania-Cosworth 01:19.960
23 GER Timo Glock 24 Virgin-Cosworth 01:20.520
24 IND Narain Karthikeyan 22 Hispania-Cosworth 01:20.839

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