Ferrari updates working as expected, says Clear

Fri Jun 10, 2016 7:55pm EDT
 
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MONTREAL (Reuters) - Ferrari are confident their turbo upgrade will provide a much-needed boost in Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix after working well in practice, track operations head Jock Clear said.

Speaking after Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was second on the timesheets at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Friday, Clear said the update was working as expected.

"We try and bring a development to the car as soon as possible and accelerating that development, bringing those things to the track as fast as possible, has some risk involved," the former Mercedes engineer told reporters.

Clear said rushing the upgrade out for Monaco two weeks ago would have been of dubious benefit and Ferrari would have lost two weeks of development.

"We’ve brought it here as a strategic decision: this is the kind of circuit where it is going to benefit us and ... we’re seeing that today in our data. So we’re happy," added the Briton.

Monaco was the first race of the season without a Ferrari driver on the podium, with Red Bull the closest challengers to Mercedes in the last two grands prix.

Vettel split the Mercedes of triple world champion Lewis Hamilton, who dominated both of Friday's practice sessions, and championship leader Nico Rosberg with a time set on the fastest ultrasoft tyres.

His Finnish team mate Kimi Raikkonen was only eighth quickest, however.

The two cars ran with different configurations and fuel loads, Ferrari said.   Continued...

 
Formula One - Canadian Grand Prix - Montreal, Quebec, Canada - 10/6/16 - Ferrari F1 driver Sebastian Vettel attends the second practice. REUTERS/Chris Wattie