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CAN: Free Practice 2

Pos Driver Nat Constructor Time
1. Lewis Hamilton GBR McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.259
2. Fernando Alonso ESP Ferrari 1:15.313
3. Felipe Massa BRA Ferrari 1:15.410
4. Sebastian Vettel GER Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:15.531
5. Paul di Resta GBR Force India-Mercedes 1:15.544
6. Kamui Kobayashi JAP Sauber-Ferrari 1:15.651
7. Michael Schumacher GER Mercedes AMG 1:15.697
8. Nico Hulkenberg GER Force India-Mercedes 1:15.799
9. Jenson Button GBR McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.812
10. Nico Rosberg GER Mercedes AMG 1:15.878
11. Sergio Perez MEX Sauber-Ferrari 1:15.898
12. Mark Webber AUS Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:15.907
13. Pastor Maldonado VEN Williams-Renault 1:15.987
14. Romain Grosjean FRA Lotus-Renault 1:16.360
15. Kimi Raikkonen FIN Lotus-Renault 1:16.562
16. Heikki Kovalainen FIN Caterham-Renault 1:16.981
17. Bruno Senna BRA Williams-Renault 1:17.022
18. Vitaly Petrov RUS Caterham-Renault 1:17.075
19. Jean-Eric Vergne FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:17.124
20. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:17.716
21. Pedro de la Rosa ESP HRT-Cosworth 1:18.908
22. Timo Glock GER Marussia-Cosworth 1:19.084
23. Narain Karthikeyan IND HRT-Cosworth 1:19.378
24. Charles Pic FRA Marussia-Cosworth 1:19.902

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CAN: Free Practice 1

Pos Driver Nat Constructor Time
1. Lewis Hamilton GBR McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.564
2. Sebastian Vettel GER Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:15.682
3. Nico Rosberg GER Mercedes AMG 1:15.782
4. Fernando Alonso ESP Ferrari 1:15.842
5. Mark Webber AUS Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:15.897
6. Nico Hulkenberg GER Force India-Mercedes 1:15.986
7. Kamui Kobayashi JAP Sauber-Ferrari 1:16.000
8. Sergio Perez MEX Sauber-Ferrari 1:16.249
9. Michael Schumacher GER Mercedes AMG 1:16.347
10. Jenson Button GBR McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.347
11. Paul di Resta GBR Force India-Mercedes 1:16.460
12. Felipe Massa BRA Ferrari 1:16.619
13. Pastor Maldonado VEN Williams-Renault 1:16.619
14. Romain Grosjean FRA Lotus-Renault 1:16.890
15. Kimi Raikkonen FIN Lotus-Renault 1:17.014
16. Jean-Eric Vergne FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:17.352
17. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:17.580
18. Vitaly Petrov RUS Caterham-Renault 1:17.935
19. Heikki Kovalainen FIN Caterham-Renault 1:18.177
20. Pedro de la Rosa ESP HRT-Cosworth 1:18.182
21. Bruno Senna BRA Williams-Renault 1:18.762
22. Narain Karthikeyan IND HRT-Cosworth 1:19.354
23. Timo Glock GER Marussia-Cosworth 1:20.004
24. Charles Pic FRA Marussia-Cosworth 1:20.067

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Red Bull deemed illegal

The Red Bulls of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel will have to undergo changes before the Canadian Grand Prix after an important aerodynamic device that had been on the car since Malaysia was deemed illegal by the FIA.

Red Bull had been running with holes in the step plane of the floor. While other teams have used a similar device, they have been using slots to the edge of the floor; Red Bull’s holes are fully enclosed, and therefore illegal.

In an FIA directive issued to the teams on Friday, Charlie Whiting (FIA technical chief) said:

“It has been argued that, as it is not explicitly stated that fully enclosed holes cannot be located in a surface lying on the step plane rearward of a line 450mm forward of the rear face of the cockpit template, then they may be located in such areas.

“We disagree with this view and consider it implicit that fully enclosed holes may not be located there.”

There had been rumours of a protest after Mark Webber won the Monaco Grand Prix, but the teams preferred a clear resolution in time for Canada on 8-10 June.

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Europe: McLaren Preview

Lewis Hamilton

“For me, Valencia will be a weekend of consolidation after two disappointing results in Monaco and Canada. Those two races were particularly frustrating for me because we showed we had the pace to win both of them, yet I only came away with eight points.

“Still, I’m really pleased that Jenson drove a brilliant race to win in Canada; after his bad luck in Monte-Carlo, he more than deserved this result. It’s a great result for the team, too.

“I’ve always gone well at Valencia, finishing second there in every race, and I really enjoy attacking the track. It’s a difficult circuit with no let-up, but that won’t deter me as I’m really keen to get back on track and get back in the points. This race will  be our third street circuit in a row, so hopefully it’ll give me the chance to reverse the bad luck I’ve encountered in the previous two!

“We’ve arguably had the fastest race car in the last three races, and that’s really encouraging because I know that, when it’s put to best use, I should be able to finish at the front.

“As always, that will be my goal next weekend.”

Jenson Button

“It’s been a fantastic week in the aftermath of the Canadian Grand Prix. I had a few days’ break immediately after the race, which was perfectly timed as it gave me the opportunity to take in all the positive memories of a crazy weekend, and to reflect on an incredible race.

“I wouldn’t say that winning in Montreal has given me extra motivation, because I was already totally committed, but I think it will help to sharpen the focus and conviction of everyone in the team. We’ve proved we can challenge and beat Sebastian [Vettel], and we know we can fight for this world championship.

“I’m looking forward to Valencia. I had a good race there last year and I think the track shares some of the characteristics of Montreal and Monaco, so I’m confident that we’ll be competitive again. The trick will be to find enough performance in the race to overcome any potential difficulties in qualifying. It’s a hard place to pass and, even though there will once again be two DRS zones, I don’t think that’s going to make it much easier during the race.”

Martin Whitmarsh

Team principal, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

“Jenson’s fantastic last-to-first result in Canada last weekend proved beyond doubt that, as a team, we never give up. That victory was a great fillip for the entire organisation and shows that our tireless efforts to bring constant upgrades to the track are really paying off.

“As a team, it’s particularly satisfying that our upgrade ‘hit-rate’ has been successful and that we’ve really been able to translate the results we’ve seen at the factory into concrete performance at the track. Again, that’s the result of good teamwork, and is what will successfully carry us through this championship fight.

“We’ve typically gone well around the Valencia street circuit but we’ve never won there before. I think we go into the weekend feeling encouraged and motivated by our performance, but still realistic that Red Bull remains the pacesetter – particularly in qualifying.

“We’re now into the heart of the season and need to ensure that we’re regularly delivering performance to the car. We’ve shown time and time again that this is one of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes’ key strengths and I’m confident we can continue to deliver. For Valencia and beyond, our aim is clear: we want to win.

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Canada: who are the stewards?

Emerson Fittipaldi
Double Formula One World Champion; Champ Car champion

Emerson Fittipaldi, winner of 14 Formula One grands prix and two FIA World Drivers’ Titles, will this weekend act as the driver representative on the FIA stewards’ panel. Fittipaldi, 64, became the youngest-ever Formula One World Champion in 1972, with Team Lotus, at the age of 25 years and 273 days (a record since beaten by Fernando Alonso in 2005, Lewis Hamilton in 2008 and now held by Sebastian Vettel, who won the 2010 drivers’ title at the age of 23 years and 133 days). In an Formula One career that spanned 1970-80 Fittipaldi scored 281 points, with six pole positions and six fastest laps. His second drivers’ title came with McLaren, in 1974. Fittipaldi went on to enjoy a distinguished career in United States single-seater racing, highlights of which include two Indy 500 wins in 1989 and 1993, and the 1989 Champ Car title.

Garry Connelly
Executive committee member, FIA Institute; Director, Australian Institute of Motor Sport Safety; F1 and WTCC steward; FIA World Motor Sport Council member

Garry Connelly has been involved in motor sport for 40 years. A long-time rally competitor, Connelly has been an event Clerk of Course for rallying, off-road and race meetings, and was Chairman of the Organising Committee of the WRC Rally Australia for16 years. He has also been an FIA Steward and FIA Observer since 1989, covering the FIA’s World Rally Championship, World Touring Car Championship and Formula One Championship. He is a director of the Australian Institute of Motor Sport Safety and a member of the FIA World Motor Sport Council. Outside motorsport he holds the directorship of a number of Australian companies.

Tim Mayer
FIA Alternate Delegate to the USA

Tim Mayer, 45, was raised in motorsport, as the son of Teddy Mayer, former McLaren team boss. After a stint as a US Army officer, Mayer organised IndyCar races internationally from 1992-98; helped with the construction of several circuits; and produced international TV for multiple series. In 1998 he became CART’s Senior VP for Racing Operations, overseeing operational aspects,while becoming a VP of ACCUS, the US ASN. In 2003 Mayer became COO of IMSA, operating multiple series at all levels, later adding the title of COO and Race Director of the American Le Mans Series. In 2009, Mayer launched his own consultancy, specialising in racing and consumer events. Mayer was elected an independent Director of ACCUS and FIA US Alternate Delegate, responsible for US World Championship events.

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