Sebastian Vettel took Red Bull to the top of the timesheets in Friday’s second practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix, just edging out Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.

Friday Practice - Sebastian Vettel In comparison to the morning’s session, it was a substantially changed up order, with the pace-setting McLarens buried in the top-en and the Red Bulls and Ferraris seemingly finding some pace.

While the session times posted in the afternoon were over a second quicker than the morning’s running, the key issue seemed to be tyre wear, with the drivers almost universally reporting extreme graining of the Bridgestone rubber.

Indeed, the soft tyres wore so badly that drivers were soon lapping some 6 to 8 seconds slower than they were at the beginning of the stint, all this after just a handful of laps! Should this situation play itself out tomorrow and Sunday, tyre selection is going to be a crucial element of the race’s outcome.

Vettel managed to make his softer Bridgestone’s last long enough to post a 1:16.877, the quickest time of the day and enough to depose the pacesetting Nico Rosberg, who was then bumped down a spot further by Alonso’s Ferrari.

Championship leader Mark Webber found more pace after a low-key opening session to win up fourth, and a similar situation played itself out for Felipe Massa, who improved from 12th in the opening session to move to 5th in the afternoon.

Also on the improve were both Force India cars.

Most drivers managed to post a healthy number of laps around the Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve, with the exception of Lotus’ Jarno Trulli, who has barely racked up half two dozen tours across both sessions. This time around, the blame lay with an electrical issue that jammed his T127 in gear. He eventually managed to escape the confines of the garage to post 11 laps, quick enough to leapfrog him over the Virgin Racing duo of Timo Glock and Lucas di Grassi, who are seemingly the slowest of the three rookie outfits.

2010 Canadian Grand Prix Practice 2 Session Times:

  Driver   Team Time Laps
1. Sebastian Vettel DEU Red Bull Renault 1:16.877 32
2. Fernando Alonso ESP Ferrari + 0.086 35
3. Nico Rosberg DEU Mercedes GP + 0.274 34
4. Mark Webber AU Red Bull Renault + 0.396 33
5. Felipe Massa BRA Ferrari + 0.524 33
6. Adrian Sutil DEU Force India Mercedes + 0.538 28
7. Lewis Hamilton GBR McLaren Mercedes + 0.645 29
8. Robert Kubica POL Renault + 0.652 36
9. Michael Schumacher DEU Mercedes GP + 0.811 34
10. Vitantonio Liuzzi ITA Force India Mercedes + 1.026 35
11. Jenson Button GBR McLaren Mercedes + 1.084 33
12. Rubens Barrichello BRA Williams Cosworth + 1.508 27
13. Nico Hülkenberg DEU Williams Cosworth + 1.570 41
14. Vitaly Petrov RUS Renault + 1.705 40
15. Pedro de la Rosa ESP Sauber Ferrari + 1.781 34
16. Kamui Kobayashi JPN Sauber Ferrari + 2.265 38
17. Sébastien Buemi SUI Toro Rosso Ferrari + 2.291 32
18. Jaime Alguersuari ESP Toro Rosso Ferrari + 2.397 41
19. Heikki Kovalainen Lotus Cosworth + 3.092 35
20. Karun Chandhok IND HRT Cosworth + 4.002 29
21. Bruno Senna BRA HRT Cosworth + 4.220 31
22. Jarno Trulli ITA Lotus Cosworth + 4.469 11
23. Timo Glock DEU Virgin Racing Cosworth + 4.611 25
24. Lucas di Grassi BRA Virgin Racing Cosworth + 4.700 30

[Original images via AUTOSPORT and GP Update]

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Richard Bailey

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Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.