Lewis Hamilton has gone quickest in today's second practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton has continued where he left off this morning, staking his claim to become the season’s seventh different race-winner with another session-topping effort in the second practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix.

In a closely-fought session where the top-thirteen runners were covered by less than three-quarters of a second, Hamilton marginally edged out the two Ferrari drivers, with Sebastian Vettel and Paul di Resta completing the top-five.

Despite many fearing that the session would be impacted by rain, the 90-minute’s action remained completely dry.

That is not to say that the session was without drama. Fresh from his contretemps with Vettel in the opening practice session, Bruno Senna was getting to grips with the Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve when he crashed out of the session after backing his car into the infamous ‘Wall of Champions’.

In a cruel twist of irony, Senna had just been issued with the team’s new rear wing design. But any benefits he was hoping to experience from the device went belly-up, along with the wing itself, which was comprehensively destroyed after is clobbered the wall.

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Bruno Senna came to grief at the infamous ‘Wall of Champions’

At the sharp end of the timesheets, Hamilton’s fastest lap – three-tenths quicker than his morning’s best effort – came on Pirelli’s super-soft tyre compound, while both Ferrari drivers’ best lap times also came from the red-marked rubber.

The two Mercedes drivers appeared to be running higher fuel loads, with Michael Schumacher the quicker of the pair in seventh-fastest, one spot behind Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi.

Jenson Button ended the session ninth-fastest, losing more track time while his McLaren mechanics changed his gearbox in the hope of curing the clutch issues he experienced in the morning. He ended the session ninth-fastest, half a second down on team-mate Hamilton.

Monaco winner Mark Webber had a low-key session with the twelfth-fastest time, while the two Lotus runners defied their ‘dark horse’ status with another off-the-pace display, over a second adrift of the leading pace.

2012 Canadian Formula 1 Grand Prix – Free Practice 2 Session Times:

Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1. Lewis Hamilton GBR McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 1:15.259   43
2. Fernando Alonso ESP Scuderia Ferrari F2012 1:15.313 + 0.054 36
3. Felipe Massa BRA Scuderia Ferrari F2012 1:15.410 + 0.151 39
4. Sebastian Vettel DEU Red Bull Racing Renault RB8 1:15.531 + 0.272 44
5. Paul di Resta GBR Force India Mercedes VJM05 1:15.544 + 0.285 32
6. Kamui Kobayashi JPN Sauber Ferrari C31 1:15.651 + 0.392 37
7. Michael Schumacher DEU Mercedes AMG F1 W03 1:15.697 + 0.438 32
8. Nico Hülkenberg DEU Force India Mercedes VJM05 1:15.799 + 0.540 39
9. Jenson Button GBR McLaren Mercedes MP4-27 1:15.812 + 0.553 14
10. Nico Rosberg DEU Mercedes AMG F1 W03 1:15.878 + 0.619 40
11. Sergio Pérez MEX Sauber Ferrari C31 1:15.898 + 0.639 38
12. Mark Webber AUS Red Bull Racing Renault RB8 1:15.907 + 0.648 41
13. Pastor Maldonado VEN Williams Renault FW34 1:15.987 + 0.728 39
14. Romain Grosjean FRA Lotus F1 Renault E20 1:16.362 + 1.101 29
15. Kimi Räikkönen FIN Lotus F1 Renault E20 1:16.562 + 1.303 33
16. Heikki Kovalainen FIN Caterham Renault CT01 1:16.981 + 1.722 24
17. Bruno Senna BRA Williams Renault FW34 1:17.022 + 1.763 22
18. Vitaly Petrov RUS Caterham Renault CT01 1:17.075 + 1.816 41
19. Jean-Éric Vergne FRA Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR7 1:17.124 + 1.865 41
20. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari STR7 1:17.716 + 2.457 34
21. Pedro de la Rosa ESP HRTF1 Cosworth F112 1:18.908 + 3.649 27
22. Timo Glock DEU Marussia Racing Cosworth MR01 1:20.084 + 3.825 40
23. Narain Karthikeyan IND HRTF1 Cosworth F112 1:19.378 + 4.119 21
24. Charles Pic FRA Marussia Racing Cosworth MR01 1:19.902 + 4.643 18

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