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FP2: Alonso goes fastest while Verstappen suffers problems during rain-affected second practice in Canada

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MONTREAL, QUEBEC - JUNE 07: Fernando Alonso of Spain driving the (14) Aston Martin AMR24 Mercedes

Fernando Alonso set the fastest time during a rain-affected Free Practice 2 at the Canadian Grand Prix, with the Spaniard putting his lap in during drier running earlier in the session, while Max Verstappen had his session curtailed after a technical problem.

Amid grey skies and a high risk of rain when the lights went green at 1700 local time, Verstappen led a queue out of the pit lane as many drivers looked to put some early laps on the board before any potential change in the conditions.

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There was soon trouble for Charles Leclerc, with the Monegasque noted by the stewards for ‘tyre usage’ after heading out on used intermediates when the track had not been declared wet. The alleged offence will be investigated after the session.

With most of the pack running slick tyres in the early stages, the arrival of increasingly heavy rainfall started to cause problems. Lance Stroll – a driver known for performing well in the wet – and Kevin Magnussen were amongst those to run off the circuit, before the conditions started to improve again.

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Practice 2 results

PositionTeam NameTime
1ALO1:15.810
2RUS+0.463s
3STR+0.654s
4LEC+0.746s
5RIC+0.921s
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“I smell a bit of smoke,” Verstappen reported from his RB20 as the hour headed towards its halfway point. With the Dutchman having safely gotten out of the car in the Red Bull garage, the mechanics set to investigating the problem.

Traffic was becoming an issue out on track, with the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Carlos Sainz voicing their frustration. However, as the rain increased again, everybody soon returned to the pit lane, leading to a lull in the action while Alonso sat at the top of the timesheets.

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It was confirmed that Verstappen would not be rejoining the session owing to an ERS issue on his car, but there was a late burst of action for the rest in the latter stages, with many bolting on the intermediate tyres for their final laps.

While the track became increasingly dry, Alonso’s earlier time of 1m 15.810s in the Aston Martin remained unbeaten, with the Mercedes of George Russell following in P2 while Stroll slotted into P3. Leclerc – who suffered a spin later in the session – claimed P4, from the RB of Daniel Ricciardo in P5.

MONTREAL, QUEBEC - JUNE 07: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull

Verstappen's session was brought to an early end due to an ERS issue with his Red Bull

Haas’s Kevin Magnussen was sixth, ahead of Hamilton in seventh and RB’s Yuki Tsunoda in eighth. Alex Albon took ninth in the Williams, with Sergio Perez rounding out the top-10 as the sole Red Bull to complete the session.

Esteban Ocon – whose impending exit from Alpine was announced ahead of the weekend in Montreal – went 11th fastest, while Logan Sargeant was 12th for Williams followed by Sainz in 13th and Kick Sauber’s Valtteri Bottas in 14th.

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Nico Hulkenberg claimed P15 for Haas, ahead of McLaren’s Oscar Piastri in P16 and Kick Sauber’s Zhou Guanyu in P17. Verstappen ended the day in P18, with Pierre Gasly in the Alpine and the McLaren of Lando Norris bringing up the rear in P19 and P20 respectively.

With the opening day of track action now complete, the teams and drivers will assess their data before returning for third and final practice on Saturday at 1230 local time, ahead of qualifying later in the day.

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