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Hamilton Leads Mercedes 1-2 in Extended Canadian GP Second Practice

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Credit: Jiri Krenek

Lewis Hamilton led George Russell in a Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team, with the British pair putting in late laps in the second practice at the Canadian Grand Prix.

The session was extended from the usual 60 minutes to a 90-minute session due to Free Practice 1 being cut short because of CCTV problems that were found around the problems, and the FIA deeming it a safety concern. 90 minutes of action saw two red flags, some surprises and a constant threat of rain, and it was Mercedes that came out on top ahead of Carlos Sainz Jr. in third.

Hamilton secured the fastest time with a laptime of 1:13.718s on the soft compound tyres, edging ahead of his teammate Russell by a mere 0.027 seconds. The Scuderia Ferrari pair of Sainz and Charles Leclerc sandwiched Fernando Alonso’s upgraded Aston Martin, occupying positions three to five. Alonso left it late to set his time, and he will be hoping for more pace compared to the Mercedes if he is to get back on the podium after missing out in Monaco and Spain.

The soft tyre runs, however, were influenced by various factors. A red flag was brought out when Nico Hülkenberg’s Haas started smoking, causing him to come to a stop, and then another red flag stopped the running, with Esteban Ocon being instructed to halt his Alpine in the middle sector due to suspected water pressure loss.

Oracle Red Bull Racing shifted their focus fairly quickly to longer runs on medium tyres, so their lap times on the soft compound aren’t representative of their capabilities. As a result, world champion Max Verstappen and teammate Sergio Pérez finished sixth and eighth, respectively.

Valtteri Bottas once again impressed for Alfa Romeo F1 Team Stake after topping Free Practice 1 and managed to finish between the Red Bulls in seventh place, while home favourite Lance Stroll and Pierre Gasly, who managed to get back out on track after a car issue early in the first practice, rounded out the top ten. Gasly managed to survive a momentous slide through Turn Four when the wind intensified, and he’ll find himself lucky to come away with no damage to the car.

Oscar Piastri encountered some drama late on as he grazed the notorious “Wall of Champions,” ultimately ending up in eleventh place, as the lead McLaren F1 Team driver with Lando Norris thirteenth. Haas F1 Team’s Kevin Magnussen finished in twelfth, while Yuki Tsunoda and Nyck de Vries looking to be struggling for pace for Scuderia AlphaTauri.

Alex Albon secured seventeenth as Williams Racing experimented with a range of new upgrades on his car. Ocon and Hülkenberg claimed eighteenth and twentieth place, respectively, after their aforementioned issues, while Logan Sargeant, Albon’s teammate without any of the new updates, concluded the day in nineteenth place. Sargeant will receive the upgrades at the British Grand Prix.

Rain started to fall at the end of the session, but with only five minutes to go when the heavy shower hit, not many drivers went onto track but with rain forecasted throughout qualifying tomorrow, it should mix up the order and make for an interesting day of Formula 1 action!

1Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1:13.71830
2George RussellMERCEDES1:13.745+0.027s31
3Carlos SainzFERRARI1:13.844+0.126s39
4Fernando AlonsoASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:14.044+0.326s38
5Charles LeclercFERRARI1:14.094+0.376s38
6Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:14.142+0.424s34
7Valtteri BottasALFA ROMEO FERRARI1:14.220+0.502s40
8Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1:14.250+0.532s29
9Lance StrollASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1:14.419+0.701s31
10Pierre GaslyALPINE RENAULT1:14.477+0.759s39
11Oscar PiastriMCLAREN MERCEDES1:14.533+0.815s38
12Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI1:14.544+0.826s36
13Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES1:14.617+0.899s40
14Zhou GuanyuALFA ROMEO FERRARI1:14.811+1.093s37
15Yuki TsunodaALPHATAURI HONDA RBPT1:14.941+1.223s43
16Nyck De VriesALPHATAURI HONDA RBPT1:15.002+1.284s38
17Alexander AlbonWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:15.003+1.285s33
18Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT1:15.092+1.374s17
19Logan SargeantWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:15.426+1.708s38
20Nico HulkenbergHAAS FERRARI1:16.369+2.651s11
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