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