All three Williams drivers reported generally trouble-free days as the Canadian Grand Prix meeting opened in Montreal, leaving it to technical director Sam Michael to admit that there had been the odd bit of work for the mechanics to do apart from honing set-up.

Despite sitting out the opening 90 minutes to allow reserve driver Kazuki Nakajima a chance to return to the cockpit of an F1 car now that his GP2 commitments are on hold for a few weeks, Nico Rosberg ended the day sixth quickest, behind only the McLarens, Ferraris and BMW Sauber's Nick Heidfeld.

"It was quite difficult out there today, especially concerning tyre choice, but we tried a few things and made some progress," the young German revealed, "We just have to wait and see really but, all in all, I think it was an okay Friday for us."

Experienced team-mate Alex Wurz was further back in the order, but reported that he had collected a lot of data that will help the team make its set-up decisions overnight.

"We didn't have two perfect sessions today but, nevertheless, I think we generated enough data to optimise our package for tomorrow," the Austrian said, "I did my tyre comparison very early in the second session, under yellow flags when the circuit wasn't so great, but I just need to stay calm and use what we learnt today to get the best out of tomorrow."

Nakajima, meanwhile, was restricted to running Rosberg's car in the opening session, and spent much of that getting to grips with a circuit he had not seen before. He worked on different downforce settings before handing the car back to his team-mate for the afternoon and seeing his time pushed further and further back as the track improved.

The second session, while quicker, also produced the bigger headaches for the team, as technical director Sam Michael admitted.

"We had a pneumatic leak on Nico's car, which lost him some track time this afternoon, and on Alex's car we also had a small problem with a fastener on the suspension that we had to check," Michael said, "We worked through the usual Friday programme, concentrating on set-up and particularly brakes, but otherwise everything ran to plan."

 

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