Hamilton tops Canadian GP second practice

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Lewis Hamilton shrugged off the challenge of his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to top free practice two ahead of this weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix.

Hamilton, second fastest behind Fernando Alonso in opening practice, ended the day fastest with a best lap of 1:16.118 posted on a set of Pirelli’s super soft tyres, to eclipse his team-mate Rosberg by just a tenth of a second. Sebastian Vettel rounded out the top three for Red Bull, 0.455 shy of Hamilton’s best time.

Kimi Raikkonen was fourth in the lead Ferrari, despite a spin down at the hairpin, one spot ahead of his team-mate Alonso in fifth.

Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa, the early pace-setters, continued Williams’ encouraging start to the Canadian Grand Prix weekend in sixth and seventh fastest respectively.

The two McLaren’s were eighth and ninth fastest, Kevin Magnussen mere thousandths of a second up on his team-mate Jenson Button.

Jean-Eric Vergne rounded out the top ten for Toro Rosso, while Romain Grosjean was 11th in the lead Lotus, one spot ahead of Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull, the Australian having survived a brief brush with the wall at turn seven.

Nico Hulkenberg was 13th, while his Force India team-mate Sergio Perez was 14th, a tenth down on the German.

Pastor Maldonado ended the 90 minute session 15th, having survived a bizarre moment early on when his Lotus team sent him out of the pits with the wrong engine mapping, forcing the Venezuelan to a quick halt in the pit lane, before he was collected by the marshals.

Adrian Sutil was 16th, having been forced to take to the run-off at the final chicane after coming across the slow moving McLaren of Kevin Magnussen early in the session, which despite an investigation, the stewards cleared the Dane of any wrongdoing.

Marcus Ericsson ended the session in 21st, after he was forced to abandon his Caterham at the turn three slip road after half an hour with a reliability issue.

Jules Bianchi popped up the time sheets in 22nd and last, the Frenchman having completed just three laps.

Free Practice Two – Canadian Grand Prix – Classification

1.  Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:16.118 – 42 laps

2.  Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:16.293  +0.175 – 39 laps

3.  Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull-Renault – 1:16.573  +0.455 – 26 laps

4.  Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:16.648  +0.530 – 31 laps

5.  Fernando Alonso – Ferrari – 1:16.701  +0.583 – 27 laps

6.  Felipe Massa – Williams-Mercedes – 1:16.774  +0.656 – 37 laps

7.  Valtteri Bottas – Williams-Mercedes – 1:16.893  +0.775 – 37 laps

8.  Kevin Magnussen – McLaren-Mercedes – 1:17.052  +0.934s – 42 laps

9.  Jenson Button – McLaren-Mercedes – 1:17.059  +0.941 – 38 laps

10.  Jean-Eric Vergne – Toro Rosso-Renault – 1:17.180  +1.062 – 40 laps

11.  Romain Grosjean – Lotus-Renault – 1:17.626  +1.508 – 28 laps

12.  Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull-Renault – 1:17.644  +1.526 – 36 laps

13.  Nico Hulkenberg – Force India-Mercedes – 1:17.712  +1.594 – 35 laps

14.  Sergio Perez – Force India-Mercedes – 1:17.819  +1.701 – 33 laps

15.  Pastor Maldonado – Lotus-Renault – 1:17.868  +1.750 – 27 laps

16.  Adrian Sutil – Sauber-Ferrari – 1:17.964  +1.846 – 47 laps

17.  Esteban Gutierrez – Sauber-Ferrari – 1:18.340  +2.222 – 43 laps

18.  Max Chilton – Marussia-Ferrari – 1:18.693  +2.575 – 34 laps

19.  Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso-Renault – 1:18.732  +2.614 – 9 laps

20.  Kamui Kobayashi – Caterham-Renault – 1:20.244  +4.126 –  38 laps

21.  Marcus Ericsson – Caterham-Renault – 1:22.418  +6.300 –  13 laps

22.  Jules Bianchi – Marussia-Ferrari – 1:32.127 +16.009 – 3 laps

Image courtesy of Daimler

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