Montreal, Jun 7 (UNI) Force India Formula One drivers Adrian Sutil and Giancarlo Fisichella thwarted the challenging conditions at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve as the duo started their Canadian Grand Prix challenge in earnest with two one and a half hour practice sessions here.
The 4.361 km track which is typically low on grip on the event's first day due to underuse over the racing season, and yesterday was no exception as cars slithered off the track, unable to find traction or grip on the 'green' surface.
Heavy rain before the start of the morning session added to the challenge, and after an initial installation lap and short run to bed in new brake material, both drivers waited until a dry line cleared before switching over to dry tyres for a final run.
Fisichella and Sutil were evenly matched over the practice, recording the 15th and 16th fastest times respectively.
In the dry afternoon session, Fisichella and Sutil were able to complete longer runs to check the balance of the car and evaluate the two tyre options available here this weekend.
With grip still low and tyre graining somewhat of an issue for both drivers, the duo concentrated on completing the programme to gather as much information as possible. Fisichella posted the 14th quickest time and Sutil the 18th.
''Today was an average day, working through our programme of tyre evaluation and waiting for the track improvement. This morning was very wet and then in the last 10 minutes it seemed to dry up and was fine so we could use the dry tyres, Sutil said after yesterday's practice session.
Sutil said he was not satisfied with the car balance which needs to be sorted out as early as possible.
''There is a lot of work to do as I'm not 100 per cent happy with the car balance at the moment. It could be the tyres and the graining, but there is still some room for improvement so we need to make sure to fix it for tomorrow,'' he added.
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