F1 2012 Canadian Grand Prix Practice Session

This evening I ran a five lap practice session at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in preparation for the next race even on the calendar, the Canadian Grand Prix. Canada is one of my all-time favorite tracks and is eclipsed only by the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Italy. I have been racing these tracks in a variety of F1 simulations dating back to Geoff Crammond’s Grand Prix 3 title released by MicroProse back in 2000.

In order to not skew my stats for the ongoing Championship I ran under an existing profile and through a quick race setup using the default Scuderia Ferrari driver Jean-Éric Vergne (who I replace in the season as the second driver on the team). The weather during the session was overcast and although I ran the stint on the yellow option tire I had the sense that it was about to break open into a downpour at any moment given the dynamic weather setting.

I finished the session with a best time of 1:19.635 which was 1.675 better than second place Bruno Senna. KERS was employed heading down the long Casino Straight and DRS was employed at every opportunity (as it is allowed through the full circuit during practice).

Whether or not this practice effort will benefit the race weekend when I decide to run it remains to be seen as the weather changes from one session to the next can affect the handling of the race car to the point that what is learned on one day may not be applicable to the next.

This also gave me a lame excuse to post another AMD Raptr video to YouTube covering the five laps from my preferred cockpit vantage point.

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