Jeff Sammut and I were discussing the Canadian Grand Prix last night on SportsNet Radio The FAN 590, and how the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal can be the change-up in the Formula One season!
The shift across the pond seems to un-hinge trends.
Sebastien Vettel arrives having won 5 of the 6 races- on his way to a second-straight title.
Lewis Hamilton has won 2 of the last 3 Canuck GP’s.
But Vettel-the-Kettle and The Red Bulls have tripped coming out of their corral.
I mentioned to Jeff that the last couple of races have revealed a slow re-emergence of those red cars!
Podium appearances for Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari means the tongue-lashing the team took from boss Luca Di Montezemolo for under achieving may have worked.
And look what happens in the 2nd incident-filled practise in Montreal yesterday!
Fernando Alonso sets the pace!
The Spanish driver moved to the top of the times halfway through the session and stayed there until the end, outpacing Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel by nearly four tenths of a second.
Ferrari enjoyed a good start to the weekend, with Felipe Massa finishing in this position ahead of the McLarens of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.
Vettel, who had wall contact in the first practise showed the R-Bulls are not going to roll over dead however!. The German setting the fastest time of the weekend at the start of the session.
Second practice was also red-flagged with some 30 minutes remaining when Kamui Kobayashi crashed into the wall at the first chicane when he ran too high over the kerbs. His Sauber impacted straight into the wall and the Japanese could not return to the track.
The times after 2nd practise:
Pos Driver Team Time Laps
1. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m15.107s 34
2. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m15.476s + 0.369 29
3. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m15.601s + 0.494 33
4. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Merc. 1m15.977s + 0.870 26
5. Jenson Button McLaren-Merc. 1m15.989s + 0.882 25
6. Paul di Resta Force India-Merc. 1m16.089s + 0.982 34
7. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m16.102s + 0.995 28
8. Vitaly Petrov Renault 1m16.324s + 1.217 32
9. Nick Heidfeld Renault 1m16.422s + 1.315 32
10. Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cos. 1m16.687s + 1.580 2820. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m19.209s + 4.102
Yep… Michael Schmacher way down here. How the mightly have fallen.
Qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix goes today ( Saturday ) at 1 o’clock.
Should be VERY interesting!