F1 2013

Britain back on top – Canada FP1

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.

POS DRIVER TEAM LAP TIME
1 Di Resta Force India 1:21:020
2 Button McLaren 1:21:108
3 Grosjean Lotus 1:21:258
4 Alonso Ferrari 1:21:308
5 Raikkonen Lotus 1:21:608
6 Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:22:068
7 Rosberg Mercedes 1:22:402
8 Perez McLaren 1:22:587
9 Vettel Red Bull 1:23:047
10 Webber Red Bull 1:23:131
11 Massa Ferrari 1:23:341
12 Bottas Williams 1:23:352
13 Vergne Toro Rosso 1:23:386
14 Sutil Force India 1:23:417
15 Gutierrez Sauber 1:23:957
16 Hamilton Mercedes 1:25:054
17 Hulkenberg Sauber 1:25:354
18 Van Der Garde Caterham 1:25:753
19 Chilton Marussia 1:25:821
20 Rossi Caterham 1:27:143
21 Maldonado Williams 1:27:522
22 Bianchi Marussia 1:29:306
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