The reason for the heavy amount of running in FP1 at the Canadian Grand Prix was apparent when you looked at the weather forecasts on Friday afternoon. Heavy grey clouds had gathered and Friday’s second practice session saw plenty of rain and more than a bit of drama at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
The second practice session is typically focused on race pace and set-up, and assessing downforce levels, which is what Ferrari set about focusing on in this session.
Circuit grip – or lack of it – was still causing problems. Hamilton, fastest in FP1, almost went into the back of Romain Grosjean’s Lotus and later took a trip over a kerb. The Englishman’s dramas wouldn’t end there…
Having run over some nails in FP1, Nico Hülkenberg reported a puncture on his left-rear Pirelli soft tyre. Adamant he hadn’t hit anything, he suggested on the pit-to-car radio that it might be a Pirelli-related tyre failure.
“After careful investigation we specify that Hulkenberg’s left rear trouble and loss of pressure is not tyre related and appears to be rim related,” was Pirelli’s subsequent response after investigating the damage. Take that, Nico.
Meanwhile at Red Bull Racing, young Russian driver Daniil Kvyat was in the garage with overheating brakes – a similar issue to that suffered by teammate Daniel Ricciardo? – and took off his helmet.
He wasn’t losing any precious track time, however, as at that point the rain began to come down and all teams pitted to see how long the shower would last.
The rain began to fall even more heavily and so Mercedes sent both drivers out on Intermediate weather tyres. The track was full of standing water and it wasn’t long before Lewis Hamilton then aquaplaned and went straight on the barrier. Nico Rosberg, on the other hand, managed to make it back to the pits after tiptoeing cautiously around the track.
The session was then red flagged and the safety came out, along with a tractor to recover Hamilton’s car.
Everyone remained in the pits until the end of the session. All drivers set their fastest times on the Supersoft compound, apart from Hülkenberg, who set his fastest time on the Soft tyres.
All in all, Ferrari’s race pace – following an engine upgrade – looks like something to keep an eye out for and it will be interesting to see what they will do in Saturday’s final practice and qualifying sessions.
|Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada 2015 – Free Practice 2 Results|
|Pos||Driver||Team / Entry||Time||Gap||Laps|
|1.||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W06 Hybrid||1:15.988||22|
|2.||Sebastian Vettel||Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T||1:16.304||+ 0.316||19|
|3.||Kimi Räikkönen||Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T||1:16.310||+ 0.322||20|
|4.||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W06 Hybrid||1:16.440||+ 0.452||22|
|5.||Pastor Maldonado||Lotus F1 Team Mercedes E23 Hybrid||1:16.600||+ 0.612||15|
|6.||Valtteri Bottas||Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW37||1:16.849||+ 0.861||18|
|7.||Romain Grosjean||Lotus F1 Team Mercedes E23 Hybrid||1:16.864||+ 0.876||15|
|8.||Felipe Massa||Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW37||1:17.041||+ 1.053||19|
|9.||Daniil Kvyat||Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB11||1:17.092||+ 1.104||10|
|10.||Daniel Ricciardo||Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB11||1:17.111||+ 1.123||16|
|11.||Nico Hülkenberg||Sahara Force India Mercedes VJM08||1:17.120||+ 1.132||15|
|12.||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C34||1:17.261||+ 1.273||17|
|13.||Carlos Sainz||Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR10||1:17.318||+ 1.330||23|
|14.||Sergio Pérez||Sahara Force India Mercedes VJM08||1:17.367||+ 1.379||20|
|15.||Fernando Alonso||McLaren Honda MP4-30||1:17.627||+ 1.639||21|
|16.||Max Verstappen||Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR10||1:17.657||+ 1.669||23|
|17.||Felipe Nasr||Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C34||1:17.751||+ 1.763||21|
|18.||Jenson Button||McLaren Honda MP4-30||1:18.135||+ 2.147||20|
|19.||Roberto Merhi||Manor Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03||1:19.531||+ 3.543||15|
|20.||Will Stevens||Manor Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03||1:19.734||+ 3.746||13|
Image via Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team