Webber and Vettel friends again and setting the pace in Canada

Red Bull vow to ‘move on’ from crash but McLaren look to build on Istanbul win

As Red Bull have spent their time recently applying sticking plaster to wounds opened suddenly in Turkey, when Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel collided and threw away a likely 1-2, the two drivers have busily been insisting here that they are still friends and that the incident is behind them.

Well, it probably is: until the next time they each want the same bit of road. Given the performance of their Adrian Newey-designed car – which has taken pole position for all seven of the races held thus far this season and won three – that may not be long. The first corner here is so tight that it could easily be just after noon, local time, tomorrow.

"I'm cool, absolutely fine," drivers' championship leader Webber said, looking exactly that. "I'm totally over it and ready to go this weekend. I'm looking forward to getting back on the track."

Vettel, sporting his new unshaven look, said: "What happened, happened, so there's not much more to say. You can look at it from many different angles and you can't change it now, so looking back I wouldn't have done anything differently.

"What happened was bad for both of us and especially for the team because we gave a present to McLaren, but the most important thing is to move on.

"To be honest, F1 is not about yesterday, it's about tomorrow. I don't want to spend much time talking about what happened. It's important to understand what happened and that's why we met and talked about it."

That last bit is certainly true, as is the fact that despite horrible weather on Thursday and gloomy conditions for yesterday's practice, everyone is delighted to be back racing in North America. Walking the track on Thursday, former racer and Virgin team principal John Booth was so excited by it that he was moved to comment: "Of all the tracks we've been to this season, this is the one that makes me want to get back into a car."

Yesterday it was the two McLaren drivers – who had a little skirmish of their own in Turkey on their way to the team's second 1-2 of the season – who swapped fastest laps as teams dialled their cars into one of the more demanding circuits, which places a high premium on braking performance, stability, poise through tight chicanes and straightline speed, and less on the high levels of downforce that have been the Red Bull's strong suit thus far.

Hamilton scored his first grand prix win here in his 2007 rookie season but then blotted his copybook a year later by crashing into the back of Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari at the end of the pit lane. He had also repassed Button in Istanbul after the 2009 world champion had briefly edged ahead.

He said: "We don't have any team orders and of course we always want to support the team in getting the most points, but clearly both drivers always want to win. So if there is an opportunity to pass you take it."

This is one of those tracks, not just with that tight first corner but also with the last one which brings cars perilously close to the outer wall, where mistakes are easy to make. Vettel flirted with the concrete outrageously and at times looked ragged, as Button headed the morning times from Michael Schumacher, Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, leaving the Red Bull driver fifth. In the afternoon, Vettel was fastest, but the McLarens were doing race work. It's early days yet, but the prospects for another tight race look good.

Schumacher, though, has started to turn his attention towards next season already, in the belief that an eighth world title is out of reach.

The early fears that his comeback after three years in retirement was a mistake have slowly faded in recent grands prix, as he has displayed a steady improvement of late with Mercedes. Fourth-placed finishes in two of the last three races have proven Schumacher still has what it takes to compete at the highest level.

But after such a slow start to his return, Schumacher sits in ninth place in the drivers' standings, trailing championship leader Mark Webber by 59 points, and is already looking at 2011.

"When I started the season I was thinking about the championship – that was my aim and focus," he said. "But then at one point you understand your package is where it is and from there on you have to do a certain programme and process, and that's what we are going through.

"Although the year is still long [another 12 races remain] I don't think I'm really in a position to win the championship."

Friday Practice

First session

1 J Button (GB) McLaren 1min 18.127sec

2 M Schumacher (Ger) Mercedes 1:18.285

3 L Hamilton (GB) McLaren 1:18.352

4 N Rosberg (Ger) Mercedes 1:18.356

5 SVettel (Ger) Red Bull 1:18.549

6 R Kubica (Pol) Renault 1:18.662

7 F Alonso (Sp) Ferrari 1:18.726

8 V Liuzzi (Ita) Force India 1:19.097

9 N Huelkenberg (Ger) Williams 1:19.282

10 R Barrichello (Br) Williams 1:19.313

11 Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India 1:19.373

12 F Massa (Br) Ferrari 1:19.511

13 V Petrov (Rus) Renault 1:19.549

14 MWebber (Australia) Red Bull 1:19.609

15 K Kobayashi (Japan) BMW Sauber 1:20.186

16 S Buemi (Swi) Toro Rosso 1:20.320

17 P De la Rosa (Sp) BMW Sauber 1:20.584

18 J Alguersuari (Sp) Toro Rosso 1:20.823

19 H Kovalainen (Finland) Lotus 1:21.869

20 K Chandhok (India) HRT 1:21.977

21 J Trulli (Ita) Lotus 1:22.543

22 B Senna (Br) HRT 1:22.701

23 T Glock (Germany) Virgin 1:22.713

N/C L Di Grassi (Br) Virgin

Second session

1 S Vettel (Ger) Red Bull 1 min 16.877sec

2 F Alonso (Sp) Ferrari 1:16.963

3 N Rosberg (Ger) Mercedes 1:17.151

4 MWebber (Aus) Red Bull 1:17.273

5 F Massa (Br) Ferrari 1:17.401

6 A Sutil (Ger) Force India 1:17.415

7 L Hamilton (GB) McLaren 1:17.522

8 R Kubica (Pol) Renault 1:17.529

9 M Schumacher (Ger) Mercedes 1:17.688

10 V Liuzzi (Ita) Force India 1:17.903

11 J Button (GB) McLaren 1:17.961

12 R Barrichello (Br) Williams 1:18.385

13 N Huelkenberg (Ger) Williams 1:18.447

14 V Petrov (Rus) Renault 1:18.582

15 P De la Rosa (Sp) BMW Sauber 1:18.658

16 K Kobayashi (Japan) BMW Sauber 1:19.142

17 S Buemi (Swi) Toro Rosso 1:19.168

18 J Alguersuari (Sp) Toro Rosso 1:19.274

19 H Kovalainen (Fin) Lotus 1:19.969

20 K Chandhok (India) HRT 1:20.879

21 B Senna (Br) HRT 1:21.097

22 J Trulli (It) Lotus 1:21.346

23 T Glock (Ger) Virgin 1:21.488

24 L Di Grassi (Br) Virgin 1:21.577

Qualifying: 6pm today

Grand Prix: 5pm tomorrow. TV: BBC1

News
Susan Sarandon described David Bowie as
peopleSusan Sarandon reveals more on her David Bowie romance
Sport
Arsenal supporters gather for a recent ‘fan party’ in New Jersey
football
Sport
sportDidier Drogba returns to Chelsea on one-year deal
Arts and Entertainment
The Secret Cinema performance of Back to the Future has been cancelled again
film
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
Balmain's autumn/winter 2014 campaign, shot by Mario Sorrenti and featuring Binx Walton, Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn, Ysaunny Brito, Issa Lish and Kayla Scott
fashionHow Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain
News
people
Arts and Entertainment
Christian Grey cradles Ana in the Fifty Shades of Grey film
filmFifty Shades of Grey trailer provokes moral outrage in US
News
BBC broadcaster and presenter Evan Davis, who will be taking over from Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight
peopleForget Paxman - what will Evan Davis be like on Newsnight?
Life and Style
fashionCustomer complained about the visibly protruding ribs
Voices
The new dawn heralded by George Osborne has yet to rise
voicesJames Moore: As the Tories rub their hands together, the average voter will be asking why they're not getting a piece of the action
Sport
Dejan Lovren celebrates scoring for Southampton although the goal was later credited to Adam Lallana
sport
News
newsComedy club forced to apologise as maggots eating a dead pigeon fall out of air-conditioning
Arts and Entertainment
Jo Brand says she's mellowed a lot
tvJo Brand says shows encourage people to laugh at the vulnerable
Life and Style
People may feel that they're procrastinating by watching TV in the evening
life
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Evan Davis: The BBC’s wolf in sheep’s clothing to take over at Newsnight

The BBC’s wolf in sheep’s clothing

What will Evan Davis be like on Newsnight?
Finding the names for America’s shame: What happens to the immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert?

Finding the names for America’s shame

The immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert
Inside a church for Born Again Christians: Speaking to God in a Manchester multiplex

Inside a church for Born Again Christians

As Britain's Anglican church struggles to establish its modern identity, one branch of Christianity is booming
Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and me: How Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain

Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain

Parisian couturier Pierre Balmain made his name dressing the mid-century jet set. Today, Olivier Rousteing – heir to the house Pierre built – is celebrating their 21st-century equivalents. The result? Nothing short of Balmania
Cancer, cardiac arrest, HIV and homelessness - and he's only 39

Incredible survival story of David Tovey

Tovey went from cooking for the Queen to rifling through bins for his supper. His is a startling story of endurance against the odds – and of a social safety net failing at every turn
Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little