Montreal walls prove expensive for Williams and Caterham
9 June, 2012
Jun.9 (GP247) The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on the Ile de Notre Dame is notorious for punishing errant drivers, and on the opening day of the Canadian Grand Prix weekend a couple more victims were added to venue’s incredible tally of bent metal of the Formula One kind.
Heikki Kovalainen was the first to slam the wall, severely damaging his Caterham CT01, in the first free practice and some hours later Bruno Senna did his Williams similar damage when he slammed the fabled ‘wall of champions’ while on a hot lap.
Kovalainen was philosophical about his escapade, “I haven’t had a shunt for a long time, it was bound to happen one day. I was carrying a bit too much speed into that corner. I thought I’d gotten away with it, but the rear end snapped away and that was it. It was just a small error but it happens sometimes.”
“Obviously doing some pretty substantial damage to the car but, thankfully, not to the chassis. As soon as we got it back to the garage the guys started work on rebuilding it so to get that job done and giving me FP2 track time was a very good achievement,” said the Finn.
For Williams it has been a very expensive thirty days. They faced a repair bill after Senna was rammed by Michael Schumacher during the Spanish Grand Prix and then the fire which gutted their garage an hour after the race.
Now in Canada another hefty repair bill was on the cards as Senna entered the final chicane complex carrying far too much speed, lost the back end whereupon the Brazilian ‘became a passenger’ before slamming into the wall of champions which – as the name suggests – has claimed some of the most illustrious names in the sport.
Senna said, “It was a difficult day. I have limited experience of this circuit, so today [Friday] was about getting my eye in and seeing how far I can push the car. Obviously I pushed too hard towards the end of P2 and hit the wall, which is disappointing.”
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