Fernando Alonso has moved ahead in the second practice session of this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix, marking Ferrari as a potential dark horse this weekend with team-mate Felipe Massa third-fastest.Fernando Alonso

Sebastian Vettel managed to split the Ferraris on the timesheets, having recovered from his hefty smash in the first practice session earlier today, but other drivers – most notably Kamui Kobayashi and Jérôme d’Ambrosio – caused interruptions to the ninety-minute session with accidents at Turn 4.

The big news story of the session was Sergio Pérez unexpectedly deciding to pull out of further action this weekend, with his seat at Sauber being taken over by Pedro de la Rosa, who was given just ten minutes notice to make his return to the team with whom he drove last year.

After a mad scramble, the McLaren test driver rocked up at the Swiss team’s garages wearing his McLaren overalls, while Pérez elected not to participate any further despite finishing the first practice session eleventh-fastest. De la Rosa managed to complete 22 minutes of track time, finally joining the circuit after the session’s second red flag.

The first stoppage was brought about by Adrian Sutil, who knocked the front-left suspension off his Force India when he hit the wall at Turn 7.

Adrian Sutil hits the wall Kamui Kobayashi does likewise Jerome D'Ambrosio makes it a hat-trickt

Having looked very ragged for much of the session, it was little surprise to see Kamui Kobayashi then managing to damage the two right-hand corners of his Sauber when he hit the wall at Turn 4. Shortly after running resumed, d’Ambrosio managed a near carbon-copy smash in his Virgin Racing entry.

At the pointy end of the timesheets, Fernando Alonso posted the quickest sector times in the first and last sectors of the lap to post a 1:15.107, three-tenths quicker than second-placed Vettel.

Paul di Resta raised eyebrows by going sixth-fastest in his Force India, one spot ahead of Mark Webber in the second Red Bull.

After finishing the first practice session in the top-three, Mercedes GP wallowed near the bottom of the timesheets as they fine-tuned their set-up with very heavy fuel loads. Nico Rosberg was 19th-fastest, one spot ahead of team-mate Michael Schumacher.


2011 Canadian Grand Prix – Free Practice 2 Session Times:

  Driver   Team Time Laps
1. Fernando Alonso ESP Ferrari F150° Italia 1:15.107 34
2. Sebastian Vettel DEU Red Bull Renault RB7 + 0.369 29
3. Felipe Massa BRZ Ferrari F150° Italia + 0.494 33
4. Lewis Hamilton GBR McLaren Mercedes MP4-26 + 0.870 26
5. Jenson Button GBR McLaren Mercedes MP4-26 + 0.882 25
6. Paul di Resta GBR Force India Mercedes VJM04 + 0.982 34
7. Mark Webber AUS Red Bull Renault RB7 + 0.995 28
8. Vitaly Petrov RUS Renault R31 + 1.217 32
9. Nick Heidfeld DEU Renault R31 + 1.315 32
10. Rubens Barrichello BRZ Williams Cosworth FW33 + 1.580 28
11. Adrian Sutil DEU Force India Mercedes VJM04 + 1.798 16
12. Pastor Maldonado VEN Williams Cosworth FW33 + 1.834 39
13. Sébastien Buemi SUI Toro Rosso Ferrari STR6 + 1.944 32
14. Jaime Alguersuari ESP Toro Rosso Ferrari STR6 + 2.577 34
15. Kamui Kobayashi JPN Sauber Ferrari C30 + 2.650 20
16. Jarno Trulli ITA Lotus Renault T128 + 3.363 33
17. Heikki Kovalainen FIN Lotus Renault T128 + 3.375 38
18. Pedro de la Rosa ESP Sauber Ferrari C30 + 3.429 14
19. Nico Rosberg DEU Mercedes GP W02 + 3.494 38
20. Michael Schumacher DEU Mercedes GP W02 + 4.102 28
21. Timo Glock DEU Virgin Racing Cosworth MVR-02 + 4.703 25
22. Vitantonio Liuzzi ITA HRT F1 Cosworth F111 + 5.177 31
23. Narain Karthikeyan IND HRT F1 Cosworth F111 + 5.204 38
24. Jérôme d’Ambrosio BEL Virgin Racing Cosworth MVR-02 + 5.815 26

[Images via Formula1.com and Sutton Images]

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