Lewis Hamilton has finished Friday practice on top, beating Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and teammate Nico Rosberg by a comfortable margin.

The world champion took control of the session from Max Verstappen by three-tenths of a second on the soft compound tyre, then improved on his time dramatically on the ultra-softs to register a 1:14.212, just under two-tenths of a second faster than last year’s pole position time.

Both Mercedes looked fast on their long runs also, as Rosberg was able to lap the ultra-softs 29 times before making the switch to the soft compound tyre late in the session.

Verstappen finished the session in fourth position ahead of teammate Daniel Ricciardo as both drivers came within a second of Hamilton’s benchmark. The Red Bull Racing pair also completed their race simulation on the ultra-soft tyres and set times that were a couple of tenths off the Mercedes’ pace.

Valtteri Bottas was the best-placed Williams driver in sixth position and spent 20 laps on the ultra-soft tyre before making the switch to the super-softs. He finished seven positions higher than teammate Felipe Massa who was three-tenths down off of Bottas’ time.

Jenson Button finished inside the top ten and placed his McLaren in seventh, two one-hundredths of a second ahead of Kimi Räikkönen in eighth position.

Nico Hülkenberg and Carlos Sainz rounded out the top ten while Fernando Alonso and Sergio Pérez finished narrowly outside in 11th and 12th position respectively.


FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DU CANADA 2016 – FREE PRACTICE 2 SESSION RESULTS
Driver Team / Entry Result Laps
1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W07 Hybrid 1:14.212 43
2. Sebastian Vettel de Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H + 0.257 45
3. Nico Rosberg de Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 W07 Hybrid + 0.526 46
4. Max Verstappen nl Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer RB12 + 0.944 29
5. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing Tag Heuer RB12 + 0.956 43
6. Valtteri Bottas fi Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW38 + 1.001 46
7. Jenson Button McLaren-Honda MP4-31 + 1.001 35
8. Kimi Räikkönen fi Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H + 1.022 43
9. Nico Hülkenberg de Sahara Force India Mercedes VJM09 + 1.109 50
10. Carlos Sainz Jr es Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR11 + 1.198 42
11. Fernando Alonso es McLaren-Honda MP4-31 + 1.238 40
12. Sergio Pérez Sahara Force India Mercedes VJM09 + 1.281 47
13. Felipe Massa br Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW38 + 1.301 44
14. Daniil Kvyat ru Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR11 + 1.347 42
15. Romain Grosjean fr Haas F1 Ferrari VF-16 + 1.881 35
16. Kevin Magnussen dk Renault Sport F1 Team RS16 + 2.043 39
17. Felipe Nasr br Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C35 + 2.370 40
18. Esteban Gutiérrez Haas F1 Ferrari VF-16 + 2.379 32
19. Marcus Ericsson Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C35 + 2.690 51
20. Jolyon Palmer Renault Sport F1 Team RS16 + 2.789 48
21. Pascal Wehrlein de Manor Racing Mercedes MRT5 + 2.811 32
22. Rio Haryanto id Manor Racing Mercedes MRT5 + 3.211 49

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