Fernando Alonso led a wet first day in Canada and rain threatened classification

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Fernando Alonso led the second free practice session of F1 Canadian GP 2024 and he was the fastest driver on Friday. It is true that the time table is not very representative due to the complex conditions of the track, with wet, fine asphalt, with drops of water hovering over the pilots with presence in their visors. But wherever it is important to make a difference in complex asphalt and changing conditions, it is Canada. Fernando Alonso knows this very well.

In the wet classifications and on the very new asphalt, he managed to be 2nd on the grid after making magic in qualifying in the last two editions of the said race. He achieved this in 2022 with an Alpine that was far from the leader, and in 2023 with an Aston Martin that was beginning to suffer in its evolution. And in 2024, Fernando will try to ally with the rain again, knowing that water can be his best ally to allow him to make a change and achieve a result on the grid that seems complicated in the dry with his current Aston Martin.

Asturian was more optimistic before starting filming. He knows that his car can be better than Imola with a more correct setup after many tests carried out after the poor performance of the evolutions carried out on the Italian track. And above all, for the straight line speed of his car and the power of his DRS in the race. But on the water, his expectations could be better and he was responsible for remembering this by leading Free Practice 2 with the turns he made in the first part of said session. The first half hour took place on a wet track and Fernando set consistent times, beating 0.463 seconds. George Russell and in 6 tenths to his partner take a walk.

However, that doesn’t guarantee anything. If it rains in qualifying and the weather changes, this will be key for the race engineers Aston Martin place Alonso in a good position on the track to set a good time without traffic and at the best possible moment on the asphalt. Because if it rains more, it’s impossible to improve. If he could find a good spot, there, Fernando would have to try fishing in turbulent rivers. One more. And if there is no rain, the aim should be to get into Q3, an important prize after two complicated qualifications in Imola and Monaco. However, for now, forecasts suggest that rain may appear at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve. The uncertainty can be overwhelming.

Sainz, 13th

Now, we still need to know the true speed of each in the delicate conditions and how much the big teams have saved. For example, in the first part of FP2, when everyone ran on dry tires, the two Ferraris saved the soft rubber and set their time in the medium. Leclerc was 4th at 0.746 and Carlos Sainz, 13th, at 1.912, an unrepresentative time for Carlos.

If it doesn’t rain, the Ferraris should be among the favorites on a circuit that seems to favor the Italians because of their powerful engines.

Source: La Verdad

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