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FP2 - Hamilton top as Vettel splits Mercedes

10 Jun 2016

Lewis Hamilton was again quickest in Friday afternoon’s second practice for the Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada 2016 in Montreal. However, Mercedes didn’t have things all their own way, with Sebastian Vettel splitting the Silver Arrows to take second place for Ferrari.

PRACTICE TWO RESULTS

Pos. No. Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton HAM Mercedes 1:14.212 43
2 5 Sebastian Vettel VET Ferrari 1:14.469 +0.257s 45
3 6 Nico Rosberg ROS Mercedes 1:14.738 +0.526s 46
4 33 Max Verstappen VES Red Bull Racing 1:15.156 +0.944s 29
5 3 Daniel Ricciardo RIC Red Bull Racing 1:15.168 +0.956s 43
6 77 Valtteri Bottas BOT Williams 1:15.213 +1.001s 46
7 22 Jenson Button BUT McLaren 1:15.213 +1.001s 35
8 7 Kimi Räikkönen RAI Ferrari 1:15.234 +1.022s 43
9 27 Nico Hulkenberg HUL Force India 1:15.321 +1.109s 50
10 55 Carlos Sainz SAI Toro Rosso 1:15.410 +1.198s 42

Max Verstappen again got the better of team mate Daniel Ricciardo, as the Red Bull men finished fourth and fifth, while in sixth and seventh, Williams’ Valtteri Bottas and McLaren’s Jenson Button set lap times identical to the nearest thousandth of a second.

It was a strong recovery from Button, who spent much of the session in the garage as McLaren worked to remedy technical maladies from FP1.

Completing the top ten were Kimi Raikkonen, on a very different programme to his team mate in the second Ferrari, Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg and Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz.

It had been a frantic start to the session, with the lead changing hands countless times as the track improved and drivers bolted on the supersoft and then ultrasoft tyres.

Vettel set the initial pace, but Hamilton, Hulkenberg and then Perez popped up at the front - often multiple times. Verstappen then took over, trading times with Vettel before Hamilton registered an imperious benchmark, dipping under the 1m 15s barrier while still on softs.

At around the hour mark Rosberg edged ahead of his team mate, but only after bolting on the ultrasofts. Hamilton followed suit and was once again demonstrably quicker, a full half second ahead of his team mate. Rosberg improved, but not enough to stay ahead of Vettel, who took his Ferrari round in 1m 14.469s - a promising 0.257s off the reigning world champion.

McLaren's Fernando Alonso spent much of the session in the top 10, but found himself bumped down to 11th following improvements from team mate Button and Ferrari's Raikkonen. He finished the session ahead of Force India's Sergio Perez and Williams' Felipe Massa, who was able to get out immediately despite his DRS-related crash in FP1.

There was no such drama in the afternoon, although Hamilton, Verstappen, Sainz, Jolyon Palmer, Romain Grosjean, Daniil Kvyat and Pascal Wehrlein all had minor offs, and Button actually kissed the wall, as drivers explored the limits.