Canadian GP | Hamilton wins the leapfrog for the lead in FP2

Second Free Practice at the Canadian Grand Prix topped by Lewis Hamilton.

Back to back fastest times for Lewis Hamilton at the Canadian Grand Prix, as the Briton saw of the challenge of Rosberg and Vettel. While Raikkonen focused on long-range pace as the benchmark fell to 1:14.212.

The early scrap for the fastest lap saw Red Bull push their Tag Heuer engines, with Verstappen and Ricciardo swapping fastest laps.

Hamilton though broke the Red Bull fight as he posted the fastest lap of the session, despite an earlier run seeing Hamilton take to one of the Canadian Grand Prix’s run off areas.

Hamilton was not alone in utilising the run offs on offer in Montreal with Grosjean and Hulkenberg among the drivers to run wide at turns 8, 10 and 14.

When Lewis initially pushed Verstappen off the top spot, Max responded with the fastest lap by eight tenths of a second. Hamilton however responded by lapping three tenths faster than the Spanish Grand Prix winner, despite running on the soft compound tyres rather than the supersofts fitted to the Red Bull.

Once the ultrasoft tyres were fitted to the Silver Arrows, Rosberg dropped the benchmark to go fastest overall. Although Hamilton, the winner in Monaco, replied by setting the fastest lap by half a second.

Other drivers to find gains with the ultrasoft tyres included Sergio Perez as he moved up from 11th to sixth as he found five tenths. Earlier in the session, the Force India’s had been running strongly with Hulkenberg and then Perez posting fastest times.

Massa, running again after his early FP1 crash, moved into fourth with his first flyer of the session before going third fastest – four tenths down on  the pace setting Hamilton. Williams however were continuing to struggle to find the right balance between straight line speed without a monkey seat to braking stability with it as the session progressed. Felipe’s FP1 crash though was put down to a DRS issue with it not closing rather than rear stability.

Button, also feeling the aftereffects from FP1 where he suffered an oil leak, was forced to sit in the pits as the early runs were carried out. Jenson had been using the new Honda turbo charger with an old spec engine in the morning session when the oil leak developed.

Button was able to however run in FP2, as he went on to end the day seventh fastest. His flying lap for seventh even saw the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix winner kiss the wall with his right rear tyre, as he went on to lap the circuit 1.001 seconds slower than Hamilton.

While Vettel spent a majority of the session pushing for a top three place, Raikkonen sat in 22nd as Ferrari split their runs. For while Seb was focused on single lap pace, Kimi was focusing on long runs with a high fuel load. The extent of his running should prove fortuitous on Sunday. With Kimi posting a flying lap on the back of his long run to go into the top 10 as Vettel split the Mercedes.

Pos Driver Time
1 Lewis Hamilton 1:14.212
2 Sebastian Vettel 1:14.469
3 Nico Rosberg 1:14.738
4 Max Verstappen 1:15.156
5 Daniel Ricciardo 1:15.168
6 Valtteri Bottas 1:15.213
7 Jenson Buton 1:15.213
8 Kimi Raikkonen 1:15.234
9 Nico Hulkenberg 1:15.321
10 Carlos Sainz 1:15.410
11 Fernando Alonso 1:15.450
12 Sergio Perez 1:15.493
13 Felipe Massa 1:15.513
14 Daniil Kvyat 1:15.559
15 Romain Grosjean 1:16.093
16 Kevin Magnussen 1:16.255
17 Felipe Nasr 1:16.582
18 Esteban Gutierrez 1:16.591
19 Marcus Ericsson 1:16.902
20 Jolyon Palmer 1:17.001
21 Pascal Wehlrein 1:17.023
22 Rio Haryanto 1:17.423