Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton again topped the timesheets in Friday afternoon’s second practice in Canada. Hamilton set his marker shortly before heavy rain arrived – and then aquaplaned off into the tyre wall shortly after. The heavens opened just over half an hour into the 90-minute session and Hamilton and team mate Rosberg were the only drivers to venture out on the sodden track, both on intermediate tyres.
It was a decision the world champion quickly regretted as he went straight on at the hairpin, damaging the nose of his F1 W06 Hybrid and bringing out the red flags. With the rain subsequently refusing to ease, it was effectively the end of the session.
With the majority of drivers having used the early dry conditions to get in some supersoft tyre runs, it was Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel who finished up an encouraging second fastest, just 0.3s down on Hamilton, with team mate Kimi Raikkonen setting a near-identical pace.
Rosberg was fourth, with the Lotus cars of Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean fifth and seventh respectively, split by the Williams of Valtteri Bottas. Felipe Massa in the second Williams, and the Red Bulls of Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo completed the top ten.
|Canadian Grand Prix Second Practice Results|
|Pos.||Car #||Driver||Best Time||Behind||Gap||Laps|
|13||55||Carlos Sainz Jr||1:17.318||-1.330||-0.057||23|