|Circuit||Gilles Villeneuve – Montreal|
|Distance||305,270 km / 189,727 miles|
Maurizio Arrivabene: “Today, Sebastian had a stunning start and a great race, showing that this cars has muscle. Kimi suffered perhaps a bit too much when he was on fuel saving mode, losing temperature in his tires in the process and struggling to recover. As far as race strategies are concerned, we tried to take advantage of the Virtual Safety car period, which lasted way less than expected. It could have proved a very good move, taking into account the predicted rate of degradation on the Ultrasoft tires: but this degradation did not materialize in the end. Nevertheless, I am happy for Seb’s second place in the race, mostly on account of the committment from the whole team after Monaco. Now we must keep working with humility but even more determination, and finally aim for wins.”
Kimi Raikkonen: “It hasn’t been an easy weekend, we tried to make the maximum out of that, but obviously we cannot be satisfied with the result. The behavior of the car was pretty ok in certain parts of the track, but in some others, with the cool conditions, I was struggling with the tires. When I was free to push it felt good, but then when I had to slow down for fuel saving the tires were losing temperature, they were cooling down and it was difficult to make them work again, and this went on for most of the race. Now I don’t know what to expect for the next weekend, I’ve only seen the layout of the Baku track in the simulator but I’m sure it will be a tricky circuit, it’s nice to go to a new place.”
Sebastian Vettel: “Today it was a great race, I enjoyed every single lap and it’s just a shame that the trophy is not as big as it could have been. There’s no reason to give the team any criticism for the strategy: when I pitted for the first time we thought it would be quicker, so I was happy to come in. We expected obviously the tires to last a little bit less, but they didn’t. The good news is the car is working, we had a normal Saturday, which allowed us to have a great race. I had a perfect start, I reacted well to the light going off, I did not look at the others and only focused on myself and was able to fly past and by turn 1 it was done. I was very happy to be in the lead and push properly and then probably in the last corner I pushed a bit too much. Of course I would have loved to hit more than 1 or 2 tenths per lap, maybe 3, maybe 7 tenths for lap, but I think it was a great race and you should not get overexcited with strategy. In my point of view, I know that we have the best people in terms of strategy. I know that this car is a step forward, we know also that there’s still potential, and we’re not yet where we want to be. I also think we put ourselves under enormous pressure because we want to win. As a team, we came here and did our best, this weekend we were very close and hopefully next week we’ll be there.”
Vettel finishes second in Montreal, Raikkonen is sixth
Montreal, 12 June 2016 –Sebastian Vettel drove a great race this afternoon in Montreal. The German took the chequered flag in the runner-up spot, having led the early stages thanks to a brilliant getaway off the line. Raikkonen, also on a two stop strategy, came home sixth. Lewis Hamilton won for Mercedes.
Kimi Raikkonen: “Since yesterday evening we did a good job and improved a lot the behavior of the car, but today it was still not easy to put the car where I wanted. It was a hectic qualifying session because of the weather conditions and I was not very happy with the driving. I had some issues here and there, I struggled in turn 10 all the times to make the front turn, and it was hard to put the lap together. It has not been an easy weekend so far and if you finish P6 there’s still work to be done, but I’m sure that for the race tomorrow the car will be better”.
Sebastian Vettel: “After P3 I was thinking about pole position, I thought it was possible. The car felt great all day, I think we did a step forward overnight. The last lap in qualifying I was very happy, I knew that it will be very close, unfortunately not close enough, so I think it wasn’t entirely perfect. I lost a bit of time maybe on the exit of Turn 10, I was maybe a bit too early on power, and that compromised the traction, which maybe caused me to lose some momentum onto the straight, I don’t know how much, we’ll find out later, but probably half a tenth or something, so it could have been better overall. I think we all have the feeling today that we can achieve something great. We missed it, but not by much, so I hope for tomorrow. We didn’t have any problem, nothing near to the issues we had in the last two races, we’ve been focusing on that. I think that the people back home have done a good job, trying to assist us as much as possible when we are out on track, and I think today we could show the real performance of the car. Here anything is possible, it’s a track where a lot of things can happen, tomorrow’s weather forecast is also quite tricky, we’ll see. It’s such a great place to drive, the people wave at you on an out lap and just appreciate Formula 1 being here, so the plan for tomorrow is to enjoy and try to do well”.
Sebastian qualifies third, Kimi is sixth
Montreal, 11 June – At the end of today’s qualifying session at the Montreal circuit, Sebastian Vettel secured third place on the grid with a time of 1.12.990. Kimi Raikkonen was three places further back; sixth in 1.13.579. Starting the Grand Prix from pole tomorrow will be Lewis Hamilton, who lapped in 1.12.812 in his Mercedes.
Vettel fastest in a rain and crash-affected FP3, with Raikkonen 4th
Montreal, 11 June –Cloudy skies returned to the Montreal circuit as teams tackled the final hour of free practice prior to qualifying, assessing changes made to the cars after studying data gathered yesterday. Conditions were rendered much cooler, compounded by the arrival of light rain around halfway through and then with 13 minutes remaining, the session was red-flagged after Keven Magnussen crashed at the exit to turn 7. Topping the time sheet by then was Sebastian Vettel who took his SF16-H round in a time of 1.13.919. The German completed 21 laps in total, setting his best time on Ultrasoft tyres, as did Kimi Raikkonen, fourth in 1.14.332. Splitting the two Ferraris were the Red Bull of Max Verstappen (1.14.158) and the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg (1.14.316.)
Kimi Raikkonen: “It was not an easy day, one of those days when you keep making changes and nothing seems to work exactly as you hoped. We struggled to make the car handling better but we did not manage to do it. It’s difficult to talk about the updates in the car, we are in a different place and in different conditions, but as I said before we wouldn’t use new parts if they didn’t improve the car. Today we tried many different things, now we have to go through them, analyse all data and pick the right things for tomorrow.”
Sebastian Vettel: “The car felt ok today, but it was quite nervous, which is normal around this track with all the curbs and the bumps. But overall it was a good day, all the things we brought seem to work, even if I am not yet entirely happy. But then show me one driver that is entirely happy with the car on Friday…you always have the feeling you can improve.”
Split programmes for the two SF16-H
Montreal, 10 June – Sebastian Vettel ended the second free practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix with the second fastest time of 1.14.469, set on the Ultrasoft tyres. In the other Ferrari, Kimi Raikkonen did a 1.15.234, good enough for eighth place, on the same compound. Unlike his team-mate, Raikkonen spent the first part of the session doing a long run on the Soft tyres. The two men ran different fuel loads and different qualifying and race configurations on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, where the fastest time was posted by Lewis Hamilton, who did a 1.14.212 in the Mercedes.
Practice underway in the dry: Vettel 3rd, Raikkonen 5th
Montreal, 10 June – Friday in Montreal got off to a dry start, with clear skies replacing yesterday’s rain. It made for a generally trouble free first free practice for those taking part in the seventh round of the Formula One World Championship. Sebastian Vettel was third for Ferrari with a lap in 1.15.243, while in the other SF16-H, Kimi Raikkonen posted a 1.15.618 on the bumpy Ile Notre Dame circuit. After an installation lap on the Soft tyres, both men switched to the Supersoft compound, as they evaluated conditions on the still green track, while trying out various set-up and aero configurations. Topping the time sheet are the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, with times of 1.14.755 and 1.15.086 respectively.
Seb believes in the team’s winning potential
“It’s a quick circuit, and I love it. The weather looks bad but I think everybody is on the same boat, it will be the same challenge for all of us. I’ve some expectations, then you need to wait and see what’s happening on the track. It also depends on what other people are doing, what other people are bringing. I think it should be a bit warmer as the weekend goes on but I’m not sure, we’ll see. We know that Canada it’s a tricky track because of its surface, usually it’s difficult to get the tires to work equally: the softer compound tires are quite tricky, it’s difficult to make them last in the race, so with cooler temperature usually you struggle a bit more overall so we’ll se. It could be interesting… We have some new parts, hope they will help us make a step forward. I know that currently we’re not in the position we want to be in, but you never know: we will try at our best, fighting very hard, giving everything to win. I believe we can turn it around, I believe in the team.
I don’t remember that much about Gilles Villeneuve, for what I’ve heard he was quite a character, he was Enzo Ferrari’s favorite, certainly his presence, to some extent, is still there in Maranello. It’s a shame that he died too young because I think he could have been World Champion a couple of times.”
Kimi remains confident: “we work as a group”
“I enjoy very much coming to Montreal, I have good memories, not only from my win in 2005, but also from the town itself, it’s a nice city and the people are very welcoming. We’ll try to do well again but of course is not going to be easy , hopefully we have a strong weekend. The upgrades we brought here are like any other that we bring to a race, they are a step forward. We always try to improve in all areas and bring new parts for the car, we would never use something that we think is not better than the previous one. Every race is important for us and every race we want to do our best, but we haven’t been able to show our true potential so far this year. As a team we keep working as one group, as Ferrari we want to be on top and it hurts when we cannot achieve that. Our target is to always be up there with the two cars, to fight for wins. We keep doing our best and I’m sure this will bring us results.”
Vettel and Binotto talk Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
Maranello, 7 June – Formula 1 goes oversees again for the Canadian Grand Prix, the seventh round of the season, held at the Montreal circuit. It has hosted 37 editions of the race and in 1982, the track was named in honour of local hero Gilles Villeneuve. It runs around the perimeter roads of the man-made island of Notre Dame, linking sections built purely for racing with parts used as normal roads. When compared to the previous round, this Canadian event is a far greater challenge in terms of the power units.
On the topics of the track and the city, Sebastian Vettel has this to say: “Montreal is a great place. I think it is great that we are racing in Canada. I think it’s a race that all the Formula1 fans and all the drivers enjoy. It is a great circuit, not a proper racetrack. It is one of the old style ones, as I said with the walls being close, with hard braking, quite quick changes of direction with the chicanes. So, it is incredibly important to get the timing right on braking. It is a quite hard challenge for the driver, but also for the car, for the brakes and the tires, because you stop the car with a very low speed to accelerate again. So, traction is very important too.”
“The Canadian Grand Prix is one of the most exciting races of the season,” reveals Mattia Binotto, head of the Power Unit department. “There are long straights, very tight hairpins, and very slow corners, where the acceleration delivers all the power you may have. It’s a circuit where conditions may change during the race, for example with safety cars, barriers that drivers sometimes touch with their wheels, brushing the walls. It’s a circuit where the engine power is quite important, like Monza and Spa in Belgium. The main straight, which precedes the finish line, is very long: you exit from a slow hairpin and accelerate through the gears. It’s an interesting straight line for the engine men as well, because somehow it’s where you have the overtakings, the acceleration, getting the maximum speed, trying to overtake. Hybrid system is important as well, because the main straight requires to deliver all the power and make sure that in the mixed part of the circuit you are correctly recovering the energy and getting the energy storage quite full by the time you accelerate our of the hairpin and onto the main straight.”