Alonso 4 tenths ahead of Vettel in FP2

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F1 Grand Prix, GP Canada, Circuit Gilles Villeneuveca

Fernando Alonso dominated the second practice session at Canada and topped the timesheets until the end, lapping around Circuit Gilles Villeneuve 0.369s quicker than Sebastian Vettel. Felipe Massa was third fastest, ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.

After his crash in the first practice session, Sebastian Vettel took charge early on in the session to benchmark some settings. He was improved by Nick Heidfeld and later on by Fernando Alonso as well.

It was also still Alonso who was at the top of the rankings when Kamui Kobayashi hit the wall and got the session suspended after 58 minutes. The driver was ok, and 5 minutes later all cars were allowed back on track.

Hardly a minute later Virgin Racing driver Jérôme D'Ambrosio found himself in the wall at turn 4, breaking the nose and the front suspension of his car. The Belgian is out of action for the remainder of the session. As the car could be pulled away quickly, the session was restarted 3 minutes after the incident.

At the same time Lewis Hamilton limped back to the pitlane after suffering a right rear puncture. He went out on the brand new set of supersofts. Losing them might prove a deficit for Hamilton in qualifying and the race.

With 12 minutes left on the clock, Fernando Alonso went out again on the supersofts and improved his time once more. Alonso had another go a few laps later on the same tyres but after a fast first sector found himself too slow for another improvement.

Despite various attempts from others to improve the Ferrari's time, neither succeeded and Alonso stayed on top, 0.369 seconds ahead of Sebastian Vettel and another tenth on teammate Felipe Massa.

Results

Pos.No.DriverTeamTimeGapLaps
15Fernando AlonsoFerrari1:15.10734
21Sebastian VettelRBR-Renault1:15.4760.36929
36Felipe MassaFerrari1:15.6010.49433
43Lewis HamiltonMcLaren-Mercedes1:15.9770.87026
54Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes1:15.9890.88225
615Paul di RestaForce India-Mercedes1:16.0890.98234
72Mark WebberRBR-Renault1:16.1020.99528
810Vitaly PetrovRenault1:16.3241.21732
99Nick HeidfeldRenault1:16.4221.31532
1011Rubens BarrichelloWilliams-Cosworth1:16.6871.58028
1114Adrian SutilForce India-Mercedes1:16.9051.79816
1212Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Cosworth1:16.9411.83439
1318Sebastien BuemiSTR-Ferrari1:17.0511.94432
1419Jaime AlguersuariSTR-Ferrari1:17.6842.57734
1516Kamui KobayashiSauber-Ferrari1:17.7572.65020
1621Jarno TrulliLotus-Renault1:18.4703.36333
1720Heikki KovalainenLotus-Renault1:18.4823.37538
1817Pedro de la RosaSauber-Ferrari1:18.5363.42914
198Nico RosbergMercedes AMG1:18.6013.49438
207Michael SchumacherMercedes AMG1:19.2094.10228
2124Timo GlockVirgin-Cosworth1:19.8104.70325
2223Vitantonio LiuzziHRT-Cosworth1:20.2845.17731
2322Narain KarthikeyanHRT-Cosworth1:20.3115.20438
2425Jerome d'AmbrosioVirgin-Cosworth1:20.9225.81526