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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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Davidson Heading West?

Anthony Davidson

Anthony Davidson

It must be tough to be Anthony Davidson. Spending years of his career at Honda as a test driver, when he could have secured drives elsewhere is testament to this man’s loyalty – but when a seat vacancy arose, Davidson did not mean as much to Honda, as Honda did to Davidson.

Over his years of testing for Honda, Davidson picked up a reputation. He was not good at his job, he was one of the best. It could be argued that only McLaren tester Pedro de la Rosa and former Ferrari’s former World Champion-cum-occasional tester Michael Schumacher are better at getting the technical aspects of the car just right.

Looking on as his twice former teammate Takuma Sato is helped by what seems to be half of Japan (the Honda half, not the Toyota half) to secure the second seat at Scuderia Toro Rosso for 2009, Davidson must be wondering what happens next. Maybe there would be more of an outcry if it was not for Lewis Hamilton’s gleaming star.

This week it was announced that Sato would be testing for STR in Jerez later this month, but for Davidson, the Formula One options look bleak. Although the Brit insists he would be happy returning to a developmental role, providing it meant his profile remained high, he is a racer, pure and simple.

It was his testing, first with BAR and then when they became Honda, that brought Davidson into the spotlight. Barring a few lowly outings with minnows Minardi, he completed a total of six laps when he was the substitute for Sato in 2005. Following the creation of satelite team Super Aguri, again in order to keep Takuma Sato in Formula One, Davidson was given the second seat. In 2007 Davidson completed his first full season as a race driver this decade, in a car he knew like the back of his hand from testing at Honda in 2006. It is at this point that Honda’s cars started to nosedive in performance, and, although a wrongly calibrated wind tunnel has been blamed, you cannot help but think they would have done better had Davidson been around.

Super Aguri survived until the Spanish Grand Prix of 2008, when financial problems – caused by defaulted payments by title sponsor S.S. United – caused their downfall. Davidson had performed impressively, bearing in mind he was driving the slowest car on the grid, he was running in third at the Australian GP of 2008 before a warthog put him out of the race. Although Sato grabbed the headlines for overtaking then-World Champion Fernando Alonso at Montreal, Davidson’s performances went by almost unnoticed. Honda have said they are helping their dynamic duo to gain employment, but it is clear that the Japanese marque favour the Japanese driver, and it seems Davidson is going to have to migrate east, to the Honda-powered IndyCar Series.

The Briton was a guest of IndyCar Series frontrunner Panther Racing at last weekend’s Detroit round and, according to the official series website, should have tested with the team a couple of weeks ago, only for a shoulder injury, sustained while training on a mountain bike, derailed the plans.

The Briton is not entirely alien to the US open-wheel scene, having been offered the chance to quit his test driver role at Honda to join leading the Champ Car World Series outfit Newman/Haas Racing as long ago as 2005, (the same year a full-time drive at Williams F1 fell through because BAR wanted Davidson to return in 2006) but eventually opted to pursue his goal of racing in F1 instead of replacing Bruno Junqueira, who had broken his back, ironically, in a one-off IndyCar outing at Indianapolis. The rid eventually went to Oriol Servia who, like Junqueira, has been a full-time member of the now unified IndyCar Series this season..

Since Davidson’s visit to Detroit, Panther has signed fellow Briton, and former karting rival, Dan Wheldon to race the number 4 Dallara next season, but is reportedly trying to find the finance for a second entry as the IRL-sanctioned series regains some of its former lustre. While current Panther driver Vitor Meira would be high on team boss John Barnes’ shopping, list, Davidson is tipped as a serious contender, along with GP2 race-winner Mike Conway, who wowed onlookers, including several other IndyCar teams, with an impressive testing debut at Infineon Raceway last month.

Neal’s View: It is sad to see a grid without Anthony Davidson on it. He has more talent than some drivers lining up there and his testing ability makes him a valuable asset for any Formula One team.

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