In today's double Free Practise sessions ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix, Robert Doornbos mainly focussed at finding a good set-up for Sunday's 70 lap race. At the 4.361 kilometer long Gilles Villeneuve circuit, Doornbos completed 52 laps in...
In today's double Free Practise sessions ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix, Robert Doornbos mainly focussed at finding a good set-up for Sunday's 70 lap race. At the 4.361 kilometer long Gilles Villeneuve circuit, Doornbos completed 52 laps in total over both sessions. His best lap time of 1:18.201, which was set in the afternoon session, eventually handed him eleventh position.
Just like the previous weekends, the opening session between 11:00 and 12:00 hours was mainly used by the Friday testers and the Super Aguri trio for the most part. As the circuit, located close to the centre of Montr?al at the Ile Notre-Dame, is only used by Formula One and Champcar, the tracksurface was still quite slippery this morning.
Instead of focussing on evaluating the two types of tyres Michelin brought with them for this race, Red Bull Racing assigned their testdriver to find a suitable set-up for the RB2 first.
Also in the afternoon session, Doornbos carried a high fuel load in order to optimalise the racepace of his car. As the temperature rised and the griplevel improved, the performance of the car also got better throughout the second session. By driving several consistent long runs, Doornbos again made an decisive contribution to the team's decision about which tyres to use in the remaining days this weekend.
"This was the only circuit I had never driven before in a F1, but I'm really impressed by it. Just like in Melbourne, you're really driving close along the walls which gives you an extra thrill! Our preparations for Sunday's race went fine. I guess the car will be pretty competitive on a high fuel load. In order to be strong in tomorrow's qualifying as well, we are now looking into how to get the maximum out of the tyres together with the engineers of Michelin."