Formula 1

diresta Canada 2013

Force india F1 driver Paul Di Resta fastest in 1st Canadian Grand Prix practice…

Paul Di Resta posted the fasted lap on a wet track Friday in the first practice session at the Canadian Grand Prix.

Di Resta completed the 4.361-kilometre Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in one minute 21.020 seconds, relatively slow due to the wet conditions.

Jenson Button’s McLaren was second in 1:21.108 with Romain Grosjean third in Lotus at 1:21.258.

A second 90-minute practice session is set for Friday afternoon.

The asphalt was still wet from morning rain when the 90-minute session opened but after a half hour the handful of early starters had established a dry racing line.

The top times were set in the frantic final laps when with nearly all the cars on the track.

Several teams tried out Pirelli’s new prototype tires, but only for a few laps.

Nico Rosberg, gunning for a fourth straight pole position, set the early pace for Mercedes but ended up seventh.

Fernando Alonso was fourth, Formula One driver’s championship leader Sebastian Vettel was ninth with his Red Bull teammate Mark Webber 10th. Defending champion Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes was 16th.

Pastor Maldonado hit a wall late in the session and damaged his front wing, while Jules Bianchi’s Marissia stopped on a slip road after 41 minutes, ending his session. Several others, including Button and Hamilton, had minor slides but kept going.

Qualifying is on Saturday with the race on Sunday.

Pos Driver                Team                      Time      Gap      Laps
 1. Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes      1m21.020s            10
 2. Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes          1m21.108s  + 0.088s  20
 3. Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault             1m21.258s  + 0.238s  21
 4. Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                   1m21.308s  + 0.288s  16
 5. Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault             1m21.608s  + 0.588s  22
 6. Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari        1m22.068s  + 1.048s  18
 7. Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                  1m22.402s  + 1.382s  22
 8. Sergio Perez          McLaren-Mercedes          1m22.587s  + 1.567s  17
 9. Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault          1m23.047s  + 2.027s  26
10. Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault          1m23.131s  + 2.111s  16
11. Felipe Massa          Ferrari                   1m23.341s  + 2.321s  13
12. Valtteri Bottas       Williams-Renault          1m23.352s  + 2.332s  17
13. Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari        1m23.3e6s  + 2.366s  19
14. Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes      1m23.417s  + 2.397s  19
15. Esteban Gutierrez     Sauber-Ferrari            1m23.957s  + 2.937s  33
16. Lewis Hamilton        Mercedes                  1m25.054s  + 4.034s  21
17. Nico Hulkenberg       Sauber-Ferrari            1m25.354s  + 4.334s  22
18. Giedo van der Garde   Caterham-Renault          1m25.753s  + 4.733s  21
19. Max Chilton           Marussia-Cosworth         1m25.821s  + 4.801s  19
20. Charles Pic           Caterham-Renault          1m27.143s  + 6.123s  20
21. Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault          1m27.522s  + 6.502s  11
22. Jules Bianchi         Marussia-Cosworth         1m29.306s  + 8.286s   8