Hamilton leads Rosberg in Montreal practice

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton returned to the the top of the timesheets as he headed a Mercedes 1-2 in Friday Free Practice ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix.

The three-time Montreal winner assumed his position at the top with just 30 minutes of the second free practice session remaining by posting a 1.16.118s effort.

The time was nearly two tenths of a second quicker than team-mate Nico Rosberg.

Rosberg had briefly led the hit-out after his first run on super-soft tyres but it was short-lived as Hamilton immediately responded to press home his advantage at the circuit.

Once again the Mercedes team dominated the session and its similarly powered rivals also filled six of the top 10 positions.

Although, Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel proved to be the best of the rest as he finished the session in third following a strong run late on using the super-soft tyres.

Team-mate Daniel Ricciardo was hampered by gearbox issues throughout the session and could only set a time good enough for 12th. However, he was crucially ahead of both Force Indias.

Ferrari’s new upgrades appeared to have brought them closer to the front runners as Kimi Raikkonen set the fourth fastest time. The Finn just pipped team-mate Fernando Alonso, who topped the times in the morning’s opening free practice session.

The pair were just half a second adrift of the Mercedes duo.

Williams returned to form as they made the most of their Mercedes power advantage to secure sixth and seventh spot. Felipe Massa edged his opposite number Valtteri Bottas by almost a tenth of a second.

Kevin Magnussen was eighth ahead of his McLarne team-mate Jenson Button as the Woking team proved to be another outfit suited to the high speed and heavy braking nature of the Circuit De Gilles Villenueve.

Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne completed the top 10, while the sister car of Danill Kvyat could only complete nine laps due to a mechanical issue.

Force India provided the biggest surprise as Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez could only muster times good enough for 13th and 14th positions respectively. The Silverstone team were comfortably the slowest Mercedes powered squad.

Canadian Grand Prix Friday Free Practice 2 Results

Position Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m16.118s   42
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m16.293s +0.175s 39
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m16.573s +0.455s 26
4 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m16.648s +0.530s 31
5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m16.701s +0.583s 27
6 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m16.774s +0.656s 37
7 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m16.893s +0.775s 37
8 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m17.052s +0.934s 42
9 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m17.059s +0.941s 38
10 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m17.180s +1.062s 40
11 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m17.626s +1.508s 28
12 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m17.644s +1.526s 36
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m17.712s +1.594s 35
14 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m17.819s +1.701s 33
15 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m17.868s +1.750s 27
16 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m17.964s +1.846s 47
17 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m18.340s +2.222s 43
18 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m18.693s +2.575s 34
19 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m18.732s +2.614s 9
20 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m20.244s +4.126s 38
21 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m22.418s +6.300s 13
22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m32.127s +16.009s 3



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