Hamilton fastest for Mercedes in Montreal final practice

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Lewis Hamilton topped the final practice session ahead of Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix.

Hamilton, quickest in FP2 on Friday evening, stayed fastest during final practice, posting a best lap of 1:15.610 to head Felipe Massa’s Williams in second by four tenths of a second. Nico Rosberg rounded out the top three in the second Mercedes.

While the majority of the field – Massa included – was able to improve late in the hour long session with the switch to the super-soft Pirelli tyres, both Hamilton and Rosberg  set their best times on the supposedly slower soft tyre, raising doubts over the team’s tyre management.

Daniel Ricciardo was fifth in the lead Red Bull, sandwiched between the two Ferraris of Fernando Alonso in fourth and Kimi Raikkonen in sixth, as the Scuderia continued its positive start to the weekend.

Valtteri Bottas was seventh for Williams, a tenth down on his Finnish compatriot in the second Ferrari, while the two Toro Rosso’s were eighth and ninth, Daniil Kvayt and Jean-Eric Vergne separated by a mere four thousandths of a second.

Sebastian Vettel rounded out the top 10, the four-time world champion was a worrying 1.2 seconds shy of Hamilton’s best time, despite running on the faster super-soft Pirelli rubber.

Kevin Magnussen, who topped the time sheets early on, survived a spin at turn one to end the session 12th, as McLaren struggled in the warm temperatures, with Jenson Button down in 16th.

Esteban Gutierrez was the slowest runner, the Mexican having crashed at turn four after just 15 minutes of running, briefly bringing out the red flags.

Free Practice Two – Canadian Grand Prix – Classification

1.  Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 1:15.610 – 18 laps

2.  Felipe Massa – Williams-Mercedes – 1:16.086  +0.476  16 laps

3.  Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:16.120  +0.510  20 laps

4.  Fernando Alonso – Ferrari – 1:16.488  +0.878  15 laps

5.  Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull-Renault – 1:16.504  +0.894  15 laps

6.  Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 1:16.528  +0.918  22 laps

7.  Valtteri Bottas – Williams-Mercedes – 1:16.684  +1.074  20 laps

8.  Daniil Kvyat – Toro Rosso-Renault – 1:16.820  +1.210  21 laps

9.  Jean-Eric Vergne – Toro Rosso-Renault – 1:16.824  +1.214  19 laps

10.  Sebastian Vettel – Red Bull-Renault – 1:16.884  +1.274  15 laps

11.  Nico Hulkenberg – Force India-Mercedes – 1:16.944  +1.334  17 laps

12.  Kevin Magnussen – McLaren-Mercedes – 1:16.993  +1.383  19 laps

13.  Romain Grosjean – Lotus-Renault – 1:17.121  +1.511  21 laps

14.  Sergio Perez – Force India-Mercedes – 1:17.188  +1.578  19 laps

15.  Pastor Maldonado – Lotus-Renault – 1:17.224  +1.614  21 laps

16.  Jenson Button – McLaren-Mercedes – 1:17.360  +1.750  23 laps

17.  Adrian Sutil – Sauber-Ferrari – 1:17.900  +2.290  23 laps

18.  Jules Bianchi – Marussia-Ferrari – 1:18.518  +2.908  25 laps

19.  Max Chilton – Marussia-Ferrari – 1:18.525  +2.915  19 laps

20.  Marcus Ericsson – Caterham-Renault – 1:19.865 +4.255  23 laps

21.  Kamui Kobayashi – Caterham-Renault – 1:20.227 +4.617  14 laps

22.  Esteban Gutierrez – Sauber-Ferrari – 1:22.388  +6.778  6 laps

Image courtesy of Daimler

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