Charles Leclerc headed a Ferrari 1-2, leading team-mate Sebastian Vettel, whilst Lewis Hamilton crashed during the early phases of the session, with Valtteri Bottas sitting pretty just behind the two Ferrari’s during a very hot session in Montreal.
Leclerc’s fastest lap in his Ferrari was a 1.12.177s, edging team-mate Sebastian Vettel out by 0.074s, with the sole remaining Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas just over a tenth adrift, with Hamilton out before the run of qualifying simulations.
Hamilton in the Mercedes wasn’t the only one to have adventures with the barriers, Max Verstappen, too, hit the wall of champions during his fast lap, however the damage wasn’t as lasting as it had proved to be to Hamilton’s Mercedes.
Story of the session
As the session got underway, Kubica was first to take to circuit and set a lap of a 1.21.712 out of the box, as the Polish driver needed to make up time following a missed opening practice session.
The opening part of the session was more lively than FP1 given the rubbered in track, and Sainz soon went fastest with a 1.16.303s, with Albon just 0,015s off the McLaren driver’s best time, however Stroll soon pipped the McLaren driver for top slot.
As the front-runners took to circuit, Vettel went to the top of the time-sheets with a 1.14.036s, however team-mate Leclerc pipped Vettel to the top spot by just 0.027s, however it was just Ferrari out of the big guns who had set a competitive lap. The German, although, found more time next time around with a 1.13.966.
As the Mercedes came out onto circuit, they knocked Ferrari out of the park straight out of the box, with Hamilton’s first lap some 0.8s up on Vettel’s best effort, with Bottas slotting into second just under three tenths adrift of pacesetter Hamilton.
However it wasn’t all plain sailing for Hamilton, as he soon hit the wall at turn 9 and damaged the rear right of his Mercedes, however still made it back to the pits after a long limp down the pit straight.
As the front-runners, except Lewis Hamilton after that crash, took to circuit, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel emerged into top spot and tipped Bottas by 0.060s, with Leclerc just 0.122s off his team-mate’s fastest lap. Charles Leclerc went for another attempt and went to the top of the time-sheets, pipping his team-mate by 0.074s.
Max Verstappen was the next victim to hit the wall, as he was on a competitive qualifying-simulation time until he hit the wall of champions with his front-right, however the impact and hence the consequence wasn’t as bad as the impact Hamilton had with the wall.