Paul Di Resta and Jenson Button created a mini-revival for British F1 hopes in FP1 for Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix, with the Force India driver edging out his older McLaren rival by just 0.088 of a second to provide his team with the perfect start to their 100th Grand Prix weekend since joining the sport in 2008.
The session was affected by rain throughout, with the times tumbling during the last few minuted before a crash by Pastor Maldonado effectively brought the morning to a close with 5 minutes remaining on the clock.
Nico Rosberg had set the early pace, once again out-shining team-mate Lewis Hamilton who struggled with the wet conditions and caused some minor damage to his car when he skipped across the kerbs at the final chicane.
Jules Bianchi gave his Marussia team a scare when he slid down an escape road early on, leading his car to vent some smoke as it quickly began to overheat. However, no major damage was done and the Frenchman was soon back in his garage.
Several teams and drivers tested the new Pirelli tyre as the track dried out, but it was only Button who set a competitive time on the new rubber. American Alexander Rossi posted some respectable times in his maiden 2013 F1 session driving for Caterham.
|1||Di Resta||Force India||1:21:020|
|18||Van Der Garde||Caterham||1:25:753|