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Alonso edges out Hamilton in Canada FP2

Ferrari's leading driver took advantage of dry conditions to set the fastest time in Friday practice for Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix
Friday, June 7, 2013

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:

Pos No Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:14.818   48
2 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:14.830 0.012 45
3 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:15.083 0.265 40
4 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:15.212 0.394 46
5 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:15.249 0.431 46
6 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:15.254 0.436 43
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
9 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.422 0.604 29
10 19 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:15.566 0.748 38
11 7 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:15.599 0.781 35
12 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.661 0.843 39
13 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:15.855 1.037 22
14 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:16.319 1.501 46
15 18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:16.351 1.533 38
16 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:16.374 1.556 40
17 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:16.475 1.657 45
18 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:16.929 2.111 35
19 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:17.070 2.252 41
20 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1:17.236 2.418 35
21 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:17.888 3.070 45
22 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:18.392 3.574 39

 

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