FP2: Hamilton heads Mercedes one-two in second observe in Montreal
Confirming the improved type of their closely up to date W14, Mercedes ended up quickest within the second observe session on the Canadian Grand Prix with Lewis Hamilton having pipped his teammate George Russell in Montreal. F1Technical’s Balázs Szabó experiences on the second free observe session.
Mercedes began the second session with a long term, sending Hamilton and Russell out on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on a heavy gasoline load whereas their rivals had been fine-tuning the setup throughout shorter runs. Following their long term simulation, Hamilton set a 1m13.718s to finish up simply 0.027s faster than Russell to go a Mercedes one-two in Montreal.
Regardless of Mercedes’ eye-catching tempo, their efficiency appeared to have been aided by observe evolution, with Hamilton and Russell finishing their delicate tyre qualifying simulation runs greater than 10 minutes after everybody else.
Following a tricky Spanish Grand Prix, Ferrari seemed to be in a a lot improved type on the opening day of the Canadian Grand Prix with Carlos Sainz taking third behind the Mercedes duo.
The Spaniard posted a 1m13.844 of softs along with his teammate Charles Leclerc ending the session in fifth place. In truth, the Monegasque was on target to set a a lot faster time on his final push lap earlier than having been pressured to decelerate resulting from a red-flag interval triggered by Esteban Ocon’s stricken Alpine.
Regardless of struggling for tempo earlier within the session, Aston Martin driver Fernando Alonso took 4th, ending the session solely over three tenths of a second adrift of Hamilton. His teammate Lance Stroll took ninth on the leaderboard.
Double world champion Max Verstappen was over 4 tenths adrift of Hamilton within the dominant Crimson Bull RB19, however he set his greatest lap a lot sooner than the field-leading Mercedes duo. His teammate Sergio Perez set the eighth quickest time after having struggled for a great steadiness along with his automobile.
Whereas the opening observe was curtailed by CCTV points, the second session was additionally interrupted two instances. The primary purple flag interval was triggered by Nico Hulkenberg, who suffered a smoky engine failure in his Haas.
Shortly after the session resumed, the purple flags had been flying as soon as extra when Esteban Ocon stopped as a precaution with a suspected water leak in his Alpine.
With solely three minutes left on the clock, a heavy downpour hit within the closing phases of the session with a number of drivers utilizing the chance to get out on to the observe on intermediate tyres.
Nico Hulkenberg’s observe session got here to an abrupt cease with this smokey problem! #CanadianGP #F1 pic.twitter.com/Co0y7qh5ep
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Pos.No.DriverCarTimeGapLaps144Lewis HamiltonMercedes1:13.71830263George RussellMercedes1:13.745+0.027s31355Carlos SainzFerrari1:13.844+0.126s39414Fernando AlonsoAston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:14.044+0.326s38516Charles LeclercFerrari1:14.094+0.376s3861Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing Honda Rbpt1:14.142+0.424s34777Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:14.220+0.502s40811Sergio PerezRed Bull Racing Honda Rbpt1:14.250+0.532s29918Lance StrollAston Martin Aramco Mercedes1:14.419+0.701s311010Pierre GaslyAlpine Renault1:14.477+0.759s391181Oscar PiastriMclaren Mercedes1:14.533+0.815s381220Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:14.544+0.826s36134Lando NorrisMclaren Mercedes1:14.617+0.899s401424Zhou GuanyuAlfa Romeo Ferrari1:14.811+1.093s371522Yuki TsunodaAlphatauri Honda Rbpt1:14.941+1.223s431621Nyck De VriesAlphatauri Honda Rbpt1:15.002+1.284s381723Alexander AlbonWilliams Mercedes1:15.003+1.285s331831Esteban OconAlpine Renault1:15.092+1.374s17192Logan SargeantWilliams Mercedes1:15.426+1.708s382027Nico HulkenbergHaas Ferrari1:16.369+2.651s11