Williams team and drivers report from the first day of the Canadian Grand Prix weekend – FP1 and FP2 – at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on the Ile Notre Dame in Montreal.
Mike Coughlan, Technical Director:
We couldn’t complete our full test programme during FP1 due to the wet weather, so we just did some limited running to get a feel for the car. We had an incident towards the end of the session with Pastor hitting the wall after running off line on a drying track and damaging the nose and front wing. He didn’t damage any of the parts we were planning to carry through to qualifying though so it didn’t compromise us too much. In FP2 we got straight to work with both cars on different rear wing configurations with Valtteri also doing some front wing comparisons while Pastor completed some tyre work. Our main limitation in the conditions today was getting the tyres up to temperature quickly enough. Once everything was up to temperature the car looked better so that is something we will be looking at tonight.
The conditions were tough this morning. There was a dry line towards the end of FP1 but on cold tyres I put a wheel off-line and I crashed. This afternoon was better as we completed our full programme, however, we still need to work to get a better feeling in the car and we need to focus on getting the tyres working quicker. Despite the changeable conditions we managed to get a lot of data today which we can assess ahead of tomorrow’s qualifying.
The first session was quite tricky for everyone and difficult to test anything even as the track was drying out towards the end. This afternoon was good for us though as we did a number of both short and long runs gathering a lot of data. Nevertheless it’s difficult to see where we are from today’s sessions. It’s the first time I’ve driven here in Montreal and it was good to get the mileage in and I certainly enjoy the layout. Overall I’m feeling positive after today, but we still need to look through the data before we decide which parts and set-up options to run for the rest of the weekend. (Williams)