Formula 1 News - June 2005
|2005 FIA Formula One World Championship|
Round 8: Canadian Grand Prix - Friday Practice
10 June: DE LA ROSA TOPS BOTH SESSIONS FOR MICHELIN AND McLAREN
McLaren-Mercedes test driver Pedro de la Rosa was fastest in both free practice sessions on the opening day of the Canadian Grand Prix meeting at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal. On Michelin tyres, the Spaniard lapped in 1m 14.662s this afternoon – just 0.196s faster than Toyota/Michelin counterpart Ricardo Zonta. World championship leader Fernando Alonso (Renault/Michelin) was third – and quickest of the regular race drivers – on 1m 15.376s. Juan Pablo Montoya (McLaren-Mercedes, fourth), Kimi Räikkönen (McLaren-Mercedes, fifth), Giancarlo Fisichella (Renault, sixth), Jenson Button (B·A·R-Honda, seventh), Takuma Sato (B·A·R-Honda, eighth) and Ralf Schumacher (Toyota, ninth) completed the Michelin armada at the head of the timesheets as the company prepares to challenge for its ninth consecutive F1 grand prix victory – and its 83rd in total.
Scott Speed has become the first American driver to take part in a Formula One grand prix meeting since 1993, when Michael Andretti raced for McLaren. The 22-year-old conducted Friday test duties for the Michelin-equipped Red Bull Racing team. He was 15th – and quickest Red Bull driver – this morning, but spun off after 27 minutes in the afternoon.
Jordan Grand Prix sporting director Trevor Carlin has left the team with immediate effect. His place will be taken, on an acting basis, initially, by Adrian Burgess. Carlin, who runs teams in several junior categories, will concentrate on his other motorsport activities.
Only 23 cars took part in today’s free practice sessions. Jordan was barred from running a third chassis after infringing the tyre allocation regulations during the recent Grand Prix of Europe, at the Nürburgring.
Ralf Schumacher (Toyota/Michelin), Kimi Räikkönen (McLaren-Mercedes/Michelin), Jenson Button (B·A·R-Honda/Michelin), Takuma Sato (B·A·R-Honda/Michelin), Jacques Villeneuve (Sauber-Petronas/Michelin), Felipe Massa (Sauber-Petronas/Michelin) and Christijan Albers (Minardi) are all running with fresh engines this weekend. Local hero Villeneuve was 13th quickest today.
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