Overnight rain saw the first practice session at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve begin on full wet tyres, as the drivers slipped and spun their way around to get a feel for the dry line. Gradually, it became time for intermediates, and the usual names appeared at the top of the timesheets, Nico Rosberg, Kimi Räikkönen and Sebastian Vettel to name but three.
Jenson Button put in a strong performance, making the most of the changeable conditions. Pastor Maldonado spun his Williams with less than five minutes to go, causing yellow flags and leaving behind a front wing. Paul di Resta set the fastest time of the morning after the chequered flag dropped, with Button securing second place.
The track was almost completely dry for FP2, but drivers were still struggling for grip - this time because they were testing out Pirelli's developmental sets of tyres. When the traditional supersofts went on, the times started dropping considerably, and Fernando Alonso popped up to P1 with Lewis Hamilton just one hundredth of a second behind him. The pair were unbeaten as the teams started concentrating on longer runs to bring their Friday practice sessions to a close.
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References Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Fernando Alonso, Jenson Button, Kimi Räikkönen, Lewis Hamilton
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