The warm conditions continued for the second free practice of the Canadian Grand Prix and Jenson Button was one of the first out on track. During the break between practices his Renault had an engine change as he suffered a misfire in the first ...
The warm conditions continued for the second free practice of the Canadian Grand Prix and Jenson Button was one of the first out on track. During the break between practices his Renault had an engine change as he suffered a misfire in the first session and only put in a few laps. McLaren were strong in the early stages, Kimi Raikkonen improving on Rubens Barrichello's fastest time of the first session.
Juan Pablo Montoya experienced an early clutch problem, the Williams being pushed back into the garage before he left the pit lane. Renault's Jarno Trulli also had a bad start, stalling on track but managing to reach an exit road although that was his session over.
BAR continued their earlier form, both Olivier Panis and Jacques Villeneuve in the top ten while Michael Schumacher returned to the top of the times after his Ferrari was repaired from a slight mishap in the first session. Not long after he was usurped by brother Ralf with a 1:16.287. The track was faster as more rubber went down, Villeneuve steadily climbing the top ten and Montoya in the top six when he finally got going.
Down at the other end of the times Minardi, Jaguar and Toyota squabbled with Arrows and the Sauber pair were fairly sedate by half way through. There were some improvements as Pedro de la Rosa managed to get up to tenth quickest and Heinz-Harald Frentzen to eighth. Panis set a fastest first sector but then lost it at the hairpin and had to back off although he managed fifth.
Williams were keen, Montoya and Ralf taking first and second with times faster than last year's pole position but the track alterations have to be taken into consideration. The Michelin runners seemed to have the edge with the track temperature around 35C but no great advantage was noticeable over the Bridgestone shod teams. Sauber may not have been putting in particularly fast lap times but they were setting the highest top speeds, probably running less wing than the rest.
Villeneuve hit a best of third fastest until Coulthard and Raikkonen took second and third, splitting the two Williams. Toyota made a late showing with Mika Salo going seventh fastest in the last fifteen minutes and Michael Schumacher took to the track on a new set of Bridgestones. He managed fourth fastest which was slightly surprising after Ferrari's dominance of the first session. Massa went off at the Senna S but recovered after a quick trip across the grass.
Coulthard took the fastest time in the final minutes and Michael managed to climb one place to third. A fairly quiet second session which sprang no great surprises. Final top six classification: Coulthard, Montoya, M. Schumacher, Raikkonen, R. Schumacher, Salo.