Alonso tops second practice in Montreal
7 June 2013 – Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso topped the timesheets in the second practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix on Friday afternoon. The Ferrari driver, who recorded a best effort of 1:14.818 on the Super Soft rubber, outpaced Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton by 12 thousandths of a second, while Romain Grosjean finished third.
After a largely damp first practice session, the drivers enjoyed 90 minutes of slick-tyre running this afternoon, with the prototype compound out in force. As the action wore on and the field switched to the Super Soft compound, Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber battled for the top spot, the pair trading fastest times.
It was Alonso who ultimately set the standard, however, producing a 1:14.818 to edge out former McLaren team-mate Hamilton. Grosjean again finished third quickest, slotting ahead of Webber who drifted away, while Nico Rosberg and Felipe Massa got the better of reigning World Champion Vettel on their fastest Super Soft laps.
Adrian Sutil did his best to prolong Force India’s promising start to the weekend in eighth, although team-mate and FP1 pace-setter Paul di Resta had to settle for 13th amid a suspected fuel pick-up issue. Jenson Button, who endured a late sensor problem, and Daniel Ricciardo completed the top ten, denying Kimi Räikkönen.
The session was largely incident-free, although a number of drivers made use of the run off areas, with an array of damp patches dotted around the racing line. Sutil experienced the most dramatic moment, clattering the exit kerbs at the final chicane and jumping into the air, while Webber spun at Turn 6 in the opening phase.
In the battle at the back of the field, Jules Bianchi recovered from his early morning stoppage to lead the way for Marussia. The Frenchman's time of 1:17.070, just 0.141 seconds adrift of Sauber’s Nico Hülkenberg, ensured his place ahead of Caterham rival Charles Pic, while Max Chilton and Giedo van der Garde brought up the rear.
Saturday morning’s third and final practice session in Montreal begins at 10am local time (GMT -4) and can be tracked via the GPUpdate.net live report feature