Sebastian Vettel escaped possible sanction ahead of qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix, despite hitting the front of Bruno Senna's Williams during the final Friday session at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Unlike Pastor Maldonado, who was docked ten grid spots for his collision with Sergio Perez in Monaco two weeks ago, the double world champion was merely reprimanded for the incident, which occurred as the pair approached the final chicane in the afternoon session. Senna, who made his displeasure clear for all to see from the cockpit, later crashed out at almost the same spot, after losing control of his Williams and hitting the Wall of Champions.
According to an FIA report, the race stewards - which this weekend include former Lotus driver Martin Donnelly - summoned both drivers and their team representatives to explain themselves, before deciding that the case was not as serious as that involving Maldonado and Perez.
Having finished just a tenth behind Lewis Hamilton in the opening practice session, Vettel slipped to fourth in the afternoon, as both Ferraris found enough pace to leap-frog over the Red Bull. The German, however, pointed to a tricky weather forecast that caused RBR to try and conduct most of its qualifying preparation during the earlier outing.
“We were thinking to put on our supersoft tyres in the first practice, being a bit afraid of the rain coming in the afternoon," he explained, "It didn't come, but you never know [that] in advance. All in all, [it was] a good day, with decent laps and even with a little bit of a different approach in terms of when we put on which tyres. I think we can be fairly happy and we'll see what we can do tomorrow.”
RBR team-mate Mark Webber was further back, having followed a similar approach, but agreed that the Milton Keynes team looked to be in good shape.
“We thought there would be more mixed weather, but it didn't come," he confirmed, "We ran the supersoft tyre in the first session, which we thought was the right thing to do but, in the end, it didn't really rain in the second session. The programme was a bit compromised, but we still got everything done that we needed to. We're pretty happy with where we're at and I'm confident in the work we did with the car, so I'm looking forward to tomorrow. There are some quick cars out there, but we've seen that before on Fridays this year....”