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Canadian GP: Hamilton heads second practice from Vettel

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Canadian GP: Hamilton heads second practice from Vettel
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Jun 10, 2016, 7:30 PM

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel emerged as Lewis Hamilton’s closest challenger in Montreal, as the reigning world champion continued his domination of the Canadian Grand Prix weekend in Free Practice 2.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF16-H
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari SF16-H
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB12
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF16-H
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari SF16-H
Nico Hulkenberg, Sahara Force India F1 VJM09
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull Racing RB12
Valtteri Bottas, Williams FW38
Romain Grosjean, Haas F1 Team VF-16

Hamilton lapped the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in 1m14.212s in his Mercedes, 0.257s quicker than Vettel’s Ferrari.

The second Mercedes of Nico Rosberg was third fastest, half a second off Hamilton’s pace, ahead of the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo.

Story of the session

Vettel set the very early pace on 1m17.815s, soon eclipsed by Hamilton’s first salvo of 1m17.564s. Vettel went off on his next lap, at Turn 8, then improved to 1m16.711s.

The Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg ran a rare 1-2 before Vettel split them, his 1m16.164s just 0.099s off Perez’s best.

Hulkenberg improved to 1m15.944s on lap seven of his supersoft run, before Verstappen, Vettel and Ricciardo all rattled off P1 times in quick succession. Ricciardo lowered the best time to 1m15.530s on supersofts.

Verstappen improved to 1m15.442s, 0.088s faster than his teammate. He went even faster to 1m15.259s, as Hamilton popped into second on 1m15.343s – 0.084s off while using soft-compound tyres.

Hamilton then improved to 1m14.941s, despite a lock-up at the hairpin, giving him a 0.318s advantage at the top.

Valtteri Bottas jumped up to second in his Williams on 1m15.213s. After his big shunt in the first session, his teammate Felipe Massa was back out right from the start after great work from his Williams crew. He temporarily placed fourth after his first run.

Ultrasoft runs set the tempo

Rosberg took the top spot after 30 minutes, turning in 1m14.751s and then 1m14.738s on ultrasofts.

Hamilton responded with his stunning 1m14.212s on the same tyre compound, 0.526s clear of his teammate. Vettel went P3 on 1m14.875s, with Ricciardo P5 just behind Verstappen by 0.012s.

Vettel’s second flyer on ultrasofts managed to split the Mercs, his 1m14.469s a quarter of a second off Hamilton. The Ferrari was also the fastest car in the speed traps with its new-spec turbo.

Behind Bottas in sixth, Button – who joined the session late due to an engine change following this morning’s oil leak – was seventh fastest after a spectacular wall-grazing lap that actually matched Bottas’s time.

He just pipped Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz’s Toro Rosso. Fernando Alonso was 11th for McLaren, ahead of Perez, Massa and Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat.

PosDriverTeamTimeGapLaps
1 United KingdomLewis Hamilton  GermanyMercedes 1:14.212   43
2 GermanySebastian Vettel  ItalyFerrari 1:14.469 +0.257 45
3 GermanyNico Rosberg  GermanyMercedes 1:14.738 +0.526 46
4 NetherlandsMax Verstappen  AustriaRed Bull Racing 1:15.156 +0.944 29
5 AustraliaDaniel Ricciardo  AustriaRed Bull Racing 1:15.168 +0.956 43
6 FinlandValtteri Bottas  United KingdomWilliams 1:15.213 +1.001 46
7 United KingdomJenson Button  United KingdomMcLaren 1:15.213 +1.001 35
8 FinlandKimi Raikkonen  ItalyFerrari 1:15.234 +1.022 43
9 GermanyNico Hulkenberg  IndiaForce India 1:15.321 +1.109 50
10 SpainCarlos Sainz Jr.  ItalyToro Rosso 1:15.410 +1.198 42
11 SpainFernando Alonso  United KingdomMcLaren 1:15.450 +1.238 40
12 MexicoSergio Perez  IndiaForce India 1:15.493 +1.281 47
13 BrazilFelipe Massa  United KingdomWilliams 1:15.513 +1.301 44
14 RussiaDaniil Kvyat  ItalyToro Rosso 1:15.559 +1.347 42
15 FranceRomain Grosjean  United StatesHaas F1 Team 1:16.093 +1.881 35
16 DenmarkKevin Magnussen  FranceRenault F1 Team 1:16.255 +2.043 39
17 BrazilFelipe Nasr  SwitzerlandSauber 1:16.582 +2.370 40
18 MexicoEsteban Gutierrez  United StatesHaas F1 Team 1:16.591 +2.379 32
19 SwedenMarcus Ericsson  SwitzerlandSauber 1:16.902 +2.690 51
20 United KingdomJolyon Palmer  FranceRenault F1 Team 1:17.001 +2.789 48
21 GermanyPascal Wehrlein  United KingdomManor Racing 1:17.023 +2.811 32
22 IndonesiaRio Haryanto  United KingdomManor Racing 1:17.423 +3.211 49
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