F1 Looks Forward To Canadian Wet Weekend
Rain is forecast for the Canadian Grand Prix where Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso leads Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after the second practice session.
But it looks like the tyre choices of the cars will once again take pole position in the reporting of the race as the wet weather seems to be likely to influence the winner after the first session took place in mainly wet conditions and the second with fluctuating temperatures as Lotus’s Romain Grosjean took third ahead of Red Bull’s Mark Webber, Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg, Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, and McLaren’s Jenson Button: in other words, the usual suspects.
And again the pole position race will be a tight one at final practice on Saturday with Ferrari and Red Bull looking to be in the best shape despite Hamilton’s second place.
“The car feels pretty good and I feel like I’m pretty on it this weekend,” said the Englishman. “I wouldn’t say it’s a big step forward. I still don’t feel right in the car for some reason. I don’t know if it’s my seat. Today I was doing my belts up really tight, which I never do.”
So that final practice should be very interesting, according to BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson, who said: “I think Ferrari will be pretty happy. They are the ones who have come here with new bits – a new front wing and sidepod elements. But it’s the usual teams at the front – Lotus will be up there with Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull and it will be an interesting qualifying session on Saturday. It’s going to be very, very tight at the front.”
One thing that almost certainly won’t be happening is any tyre testing with Pirelli, following the announcement that the FIA will be sending the case of alleged illegal in-season testing by Mercedes before its international tribunal.
This follows the accusation by Ferrari and Red Bull after the Monaco Grand Prix that Mercedes had taken part in secret tyre tests with Pirelli that breached FIA rules.
Unsurprisingly, as the outcome of this hearing could affect both of them, both Pirelli and Mercedes deny any wrongdoing. With Pirelli’s F1 future in doubt as their contract finishes this year,
Pirelli’s sporting director Paul Hembery said that the ‘controversial’ blind tyre test, with Mercedes not knowing what was being tested, was neither secret nor inappropriate, and Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn told BBC Sport that the test was based on “privacy not secrecy” and that Mercedes were helping Pirelli out, not attempting to gain any advantage by using a current car – the choice of which is what is annoying their rivals as according to sporting regulations this is illegal..
“My conscience is clear,” added Brawn.
No date has been announced for the international tribunal hearing.