Sebastian Vettel was left to rue a weather-affected day of running in practice for this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix, despite finishing second-fastest to Lewis Hamilton in the second free practice at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

He and teammate Kimi Räikkönen split the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg on the timesheets in FP2 before the heavens opened and prevented any further meaningful running.

“The rain reminded me of the race on Sunday four years ago,” the four-time World Champion said after practice, recalling the race won by Jenson Button on the last lap that became the longest Grand Prix in history. “Back then we also had massive rain for a long time; it was a bit like today.

“It’s a shame we couldn’t get out [on track] anymore, but we did the maximum to prepare for Saturday and Sunday in a very short amount of time.”

Ferrari was hoping to establish whether the three engine development tokens it had spent were paying off in its quest to close the gap to Mercedes; it didn’t look promising initiallyu in FP1 when Vettel’s best lap was some 1.6 seconds slower than the pace-setting effort by Lewis Hamilton. Räikkönen was a further 0.5 seconds adrift.

“We didn’t have so much running this morning, but everything went according to plan,” he added.

“This morning we took on a bit more fuel, trying to get an idea for the race. We didn’t know when the rain would come this afternoon, this may be the reason why we didn’t run so much like the others.

“About my race pace, I haven’t seen much of the others yet but the car felt right,” he continued.

“We have to see where we are. I think we can still improve, I’m not entirely happy with the runs I had, but I think everybody was with the short amount of time we had today.”

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Michael Terminello

Journalist at MotorsportM8