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 uk Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W06 Hybrid 1:15.988   22
2. Sebastian Vettel de Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T 1:16.304 + 0.316 19
3. Kimi Räikkönen fi Scuderia Ferrari SF15-T 1:16.310 + 0.322 20
4. Nico Rosberg de Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W06 Hybrid 1:16.440 + 0.452 22
5. Pastor Maldonado ve Lotus F1 Team Mercedes E23 Hybrid 1:16.600 + 0.612 15
6. Valtteri Bottas fi Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW37 1:16.849 + 0.861 18
7. Romain Grosjean fr Lotus F1 Team Mercedes E23 Hybrid 1:16.864 + 0.876 15
8. Felipe Massa br Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW37 1:17.041 + 1.053 19
9. Daniil Kvyat ru Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB11 1:17.092 + 1.104 10
10. Daniel Ricciardo au Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB11 1:17.111 + 1.123 16
11. Nico Hülkenberg de Sahara Force India Mercedes VJM08 1:17.120 + 1.132 15
12. Marcus Ericsson se Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C34 1:17.261 + 1.273 17
13. Carlos Sainz es Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR10 1:17.318 + 1.330 23
14. Sergio Pérez mx Sahara Force India Mercedes VJM08 1:17.367 + 1.379 20
15. Fernando Alonso es McLaren Honda MP4-30 1:17.627 + 1.639 21
16. Max Verstappen nl Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR10 1:17.657 + 1.669 23
17. Felipe Nasr br Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C34 1:17.751 + 1.763 21
18. Jenson Button uk McLaren Honda MP4-30 1:18.135 + 2.147 20
19. Roberto Merhi es Manor Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03 1:19.531 + 3.543 15
20. Will Stevens uk Manor Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03 1:19.734 + 3.746 13

Image via Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team

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