Sebastien Bourdais set the pace in the opening practice session of the weekend around the streets of Toronto, the Verizon IndyCar Series’ annual visit north of the border into Canada.
The Frenchman took his KVSH Racing Dallara-Chevrolet around the 1.786-mile temporary street circuit in a time of 1:02.9290, as drivers up and down the field struggled with low grip levels.
Bourdais ended the session 0.0448 seconds ahead of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon, with the reigning series champion the only other driver to dip below the 1:03 mark, while current championship leader Simon Pagenaud was third in the best of the Team Penske entries.
Takuma Sato was the best placed of the Honda-powered drivers in fourth for AJ Foyt Racing, ahead of Graham Rahal of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, while Will Power was the second of the Penske drivers in sixth ahead of Tony Kanaan of Ganassi.
Ryan Hunter-Reay was the only Andretti Autosport driver inside the top ten in eighth, with Penske’s Helio Castroneves and Schmidt Peterson Motorsport’s Mikhail Aleshin completing the top ten.
The circuit layout has seen minor changes in 2016, with the pit lane switching from the south side of the start and finish straight to the north side, with the circuit length increasing slightly as a result, with the final few corners of the Toronto track being slightly tighter than before.
Toronto Free Practice 1 Result
|1||11||Sebastien Bourdais||FRA||KVSH Racing||1:02.9290|
|2||9||Scott Dixon||NZL||Chip Ganassi Racing||1:02.9738|
|3||22||Simon Pagenaud||FRA||Team Penske||1:03.1246|
|4||14||Takuma Sato||JAP||AJ Foyt Enterprises||1:03.1925|
|5||15||Graham Rahal||USA||Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing||1:03.2636|
|6||12||Will Power||AUS||Team Penske||1:03.3209|
|7||10||Tony Kanaan||BRZ||Chip Ganassi Racing||1:03.3478|
|8||28||Ryan Hunter-Reay||USA||Andretti Autosport||1:03.3984|
|9||3||Helio Castroneves||BRZ||Team Penske||1:03.4914|
|10||7||Mikhail Aleshin||RUS||Schmidt Peterson Motorsports||1:03.5185|
|11||98||Alexander Rossi||USA||Andretti Herta Autosport||1:03.5561|
|12||27||Marco Andretti||USA||Andretti Autosport||1:03.6457|
|13||2||Juan Pablo Montoya||COL||Team Penske||1:03.6857|
|14||83||Charlie Kimball||USA||Chip Ganassi Racing||1:03.7201|
|15||21||Josef Newgarden||USA||Ed Carpenter Racing||1:03.7352|
|16||20||Spencer Pigot||USA||Ed Carpenter Racing||1:03.9273|
|17||26||Carlos Munoz||COL||Andretti Autosport||1:03.9326|
|18||19||Luca Filippi||ITA||Dale Coyne Racing||1:03.9752|
|19||5||James Hinchcliffe||CAN||Schmidt Peterson Motorsports||1:04.0107|
|20||18||Conor Daly||USA||Dale Coyne Racing||1:04.2006|
|21||41||Jack Hawksworth||GBR||AJ Foyt Enterprises||1:04.2346|
|22||8||Max Chilton||GBR||Chip Ganassi Racing||1:05.5153|