Jun.10 (Williams) Drivers and team reflect on the first day of practice for the Canadian Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles de Villeneuve on the Ile de Notre dame in Montreal.
• Evaluation of new front and rear wings and a new diffuser
• Testing of Pirelli’s medium tyre compound
• Further evaluations of new aero parts
• Tyre testing in preparation for qualifying and race day
• Set-up work
Sam Michael, Technical Director
Even with the red flags, we had a really productive day with both cars. We evaluated front wings, rear wings and diffusers throughout both sessions and happily all of the new parts are working well. The tyres improved a lot over the course of the day and that will continue into the race weekend. We will now turn our attention to qualifying.
The team worked well today. We had a lot of things to get through so we had to split our test programme between mine and Pastor’s car. Everyone did a good job to get it all done and we now have a lot of information to work through which I’m happy about. We seem to be in better shape here and that might give us a couple of positions over the weekend. We will still have to work hard to make it into Q3 tomorrow, but I think it is achievable.
That was a positive day, although we did have some problems on my car in the morning which meant we didn’t get to run the prime tyres, only the medium. We had a better afternoon and our pace appears strong, even over long runs. All seems to be working ok so let’s see what we can do in qualifying.
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