Mercedes move back to the top in second free practice

Following on from Alonso topping today’s first free practice at the Canadian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton topped the time sheets in the second session of the day.

For Pastor Maldonado he suffered a horrible start after leaving the garage for his first run of the session, but only to make it a few hundred yards before his Lotus broke down. Later into the session, more drivers found themselves using the run off areas as Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez went for a spin down at turn four. Surprisingly, Raikkonen found himself going for a spin at the hairpin, a spot of the track you won’t normally see cars spinning at. Especially during a practice session.

As for cars setting the pace, in the early stages it was Nico Rosberg topping the time sheets ahead of his team-mate. Not much could split the two in terms of their times but the German’s lap was 0.173seconds better off. But it didn’t take long before Hamilton played leap frogs with the times and pipped ahead of Nico by less than a tenth of a second. As is often expected with F1 in 2014, the other drivers were battling to be the best of the rest and around the half way mark it was the Williams pair placing themselves in 3rd and 4th. Last year Bottas was able to qualify in 3rd place, with their car this year is there any chance of a repeat of this?

Anyway, moving on with the session and drivers changing for the supersoft tyres, it was Alonso putting his car in the top three with the Mercedes’ but fortune didn’t appear to be with Vettel’s lap times as just over an hour into the session he was only capable of moving up to 6th place, seven tenths of a second off the Mercs pace. But by the end of the session, he was the one to finish in the “best of the rest” spot, third place.

Pos No Driver Team Time/Retired Gap
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:16.118
2 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:16.293 0.175
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:16.573 0.455
4 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:16.648 0.530
5 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:16.701 0.583
6 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:16.774 0.656
7 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:16.893 0.775
8 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:17.052 0.934
9 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:17.059 0.941
10 25 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Renault 1:17.180 1.062
11 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:17.626 1.508
12 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:17.644 1.526
13 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:17.712 1.594
14 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1:17.819 1.701
15 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1:17.868 1.750
16 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1:17.964 1.846
17 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:18.340 2.222
18 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1:18.693 2.575
19 26 Daniil Kvyat STR-Renault 1:18.732 2.614
20 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1:20.244 4.126
21 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1:22.418 6.300
22 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1:32.127 16.009