June 7th, 2013 (F1Plus / Chris Cameron-Dow) - After a wet morning session, 11 Formula One teams were relieved to find the track dry for second practice in Montreal. And the laptimes showed the change in conditions. Fernando Alonso finished up quickest, over six seconds faster than Paul Di Resta's leading time from this morning. Lewis Hamilton was just 12 thousandths of a second behind Alonso, with Romain Grosjean third for the second time in as many practice sessions.
Alonso not only topped the times, he also completed more laps (48) than any other driver. The top eight drivers all completed more than 40 laps, underlining the importance of making use of the dry conditions while they lasted. Towards the end of the session, a few drops of rain appeared, but it was not enough to require wet weather tyres, and caused no more drama than a few drivers straight-lining the various chicanes on the circuit.
The Gilles Villeneuve circuit in Montreal places a strong emphasis on traction and braking, as almost all of the corners are slow and at the end of reasonably long straights. That makes aerodynamic grip in the corners a little less crucial than at other tracks. As a result, it is possible that the "new" teams - Marussia and Caterham - could have strong weekends. Jules Bianchi in the leading Marussia was just a tenth of a second slower than Nico Hulkenberg in the second Sauber during FP2 and only 2.252 seconds off the leading pace of Alonso. Depending on the conditions in qualifying, it could be possible for the Marussia drivers to challenge for a place in Q2.
At the front, it's very tough to tell what the order will be in qualifying and the race. The top 13 drivers in FP2 were covered by a second, with the top 10 covered by just three-quarters of a second. The smallest mistake could be the difference between elimination in Q2 and pole position in Q3 tomorrow afternoon.
Full results from FP2:
|4||2||Mark Webber||Red Bull Racing-Renault||1:15.212||0.394||46|
|7||1||Sebastian Vettel||Red Bull Racing-Renault||1:15.280||0.462||41|
|8||15||Adrian Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||1:15.396||0.578||43|
|13||14||Paul di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||1:15.855||1.037||22|
|22||21||Giedo van der Garde||Caterham-Renault||1:18.392||3.574||39|