The Frenchman got caught out on a damp patch of track after completing just eight laps. He ran down the escape road at turn three and when attempting to turn around – without any help from the marshals – his car became too hot and he was forced to turn off the engine. This damaged his gearbox and meant he needed a new one fitted for the afternoon session.
Speaking about his early FP1 error in a team statement, the rookie said: “The track conditions were very tricky at the start of FP1 and unfortunately I got caught out on a damp section of the track. I had completed just 8 laps, which was very frustrating because this is a new circuit for me and we also had a busy aero programme to get through this morning.”
However he is happy with how he recovered in second practice and has enjoyed his first taste of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, adding “I’m pleased that I have been able to recover the ground we lost and happy with how we end this first day of running. I really like my first taste of this track, so it’s a shame that it wasn’t such a smooth start but I think we are back in a good place for the rest of the weekend.”
Team-mate Max Chilton managed to complete some steady running during both 90 minute sessions and is likewise loving his first taste of racing in Canada: “So far so good on my first outing at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. It’s a great track; I love it,” before adding “This morning our running was subject to the steadily improving conditions. We had some aero work to do on the prototype tyres so that we could press on with preparing for the race this afternoon.”
He admitted that the team collected as much data as possible considering the situation, saying “We managed to condense that so that we achieved everything we needed to and we end the day’s running with plenty of data to look over this evening. These are never the best conditions to get your first taste of a new track but I’m comfortable with where we are so far and looking forward to the rest of the weekend.”
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