Formula 1 | Verstappen kept the fastest pace in Montreal – Bottas’ training session ruined due to a technical problem

Alfa Romeo’s Finnish driver had 16th place in the first practice.

Red Bullin Max Verstappen paced the opening day of Formula One Canada’s GP weekend as the Dutch comet gassed the fastest times on both practice bounces. In the latter practice, Verstappen barely left the Ferrari duo Charles Leclercin and Carlos Sainzin behind him.

Verstappen, who has won four in the previous five races, leads Leclerc, who is third in the World Championship points, with 34 points. Leclerc has conquered four consecutive pole positions, but the Ferrari driver has suffered from severe reliability problems in previous races.

Finland and Alfa Romeo Valtteri Bottas training misfortune also continued in Montreal. Bottas was 16th in the opening practice, but in the second driving group no Finn was seen on the track at all.

Alfa Romeo mechanics tried to fix the technical fault of Bottas’ car without the desired result.

Friday’s rehearsal day was allowed to run in rainy weather after Thursday’s heavy rain, but rain is forecast again for Saturday in Montreal. Time trials start at 11 pm Finnish time on Saturday.

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Canadian gp was not driven in the last two years due to a corona pandemic.

In Montreal The main topic of the World Series has been the “bounce phenomenon”, ie the vibration of cars on fast lines. Mercedes and Sainz’s Ferrari, among others, also performed restlessly in drills on the Canadian high-speed track.

The International Automobile Federation (FIA) said it was investigating car vibration during the Canadian gp and making possible rule changes. Suffered from back pain in the gp of Azerbaijan last weekend Lewis Hamilton Verstappen said he was pleased with the measures, but Verstappen crammed the idea of ​​a possible change in the rules.

Bouncing cars only seriously disrupts the cars in some stables.

“It’s always interesting to hear people’s perspectives and opinions. I think security is the most important thing. And I think at least one driver in every stable has spoken out for it, ”seven-time world champion Hamilton told news agency AFP.

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