Fresh from a street track to another, as we arrive in Montreal for the Canadian GP. A faster track layout with higher speed corners, it provides Pierre with a slightly different challenge. A beautiful track surrounded by greenery and located on the St Lawrence river.
First Practice Session - Best lap: 1:16.165, pos. 11th, 29 laps
Second Practice Session - Best lap: 1:14.879, pos. 6th, 34 laps
“It was extremely difficult today, the performance in the end on one lap was good but I’m not feeling great at the moment in the car. I’ve really struggled with the balance, as well as tyre degradation in the long runs, so it’s been quite tricky. We’ll look to see what we can do for tomorrow, the weather conditions for Qualifying look like they will be wet, which could make things interesting. It’s encouraging that the pace is there on the timing screens, but the field is very tight, so we’ve definitely still got some work to do ahead of tomorrow.”
Pierre showed promise in FP3 after a difficult Friday. Qualifying was a wet one, off to a goodstart but Pierre’s bad luck this season presisted and made another visit when his brakes started to act up.
Third Practice Session – Best lap: 1:33.889, pos. 2nd, 18 laps
Qualifying - Best lap: (Q1) 1:34.492, pos. 16th
“I’m extremely disappointed with that Qualifying, it’s very frustrating. FP3 was great for us so we knew we had the potential to do well this afternoon, but we just completely missed the mark in Quali. The start of Q1 was going well for us, and I was quite happy with our performance, but we came in to box and after that I had an issue with the brakes, which made it really difficult and I couldn’t get through to Q2. It’s obviously tough right now, but we’ll look at everything tonight and see how we can move forward tomorrow.”
Race Day and it’s all sunny with minimal clouds. Opting for a different strategy to try and make up some spots, with Pierre pitting with just 5 laps into the race. Taking a risk hoping it would pay off. The Virtual Safety Car came in right after that, so our luck wasn’t on point today.
We attempted to undercut again at lap 38, pitting earlier than the rest of the grid for hard tyres. Yet another Safety Car came in just laps after. But in the end, Pierre couldn’t find the pace with the car despite his best efforts. Finishing P14.
Race – pos. 14th
“Starting the race out of position we thought we’d go for a different strategy, so we pitted a bit earlier, but it didn’t really make much of a difference. We were struggling a lot with grip, sliding around a lot in these conditions, and we just didn’t have the pace to fight in the top 10. We will have to analyse everything, but objectively we were just too slow in the race. Likewise, we didn’t get lucky with the Virtual Safety Car, but at the end of the day it wouldn’t have changed our end result that much. We need to use the gap now to work out what we could’ve done better, so we can arrive in Silverstone as best prepared as possible.”
All focus now on Silverstone in two weeks time.