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Raikkonen heads Hamilton in second Montreal practice session

Raikkonen heads Hamilton in second Montreal practice session


Kimi Raikkonen edged out Lewis Hamilton in the second practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix, with championship leader Vettel in third place, whilst reliability problems hindered Red Bull. 

Raikkonen set a 1.12.935, which set him 0.215s clear of Lewis Hamilton, who was just 0.050s faster than championship rival Sebastian Vettel.

Raikkonen found the fastest lap on his second attempt, with the circuit in Montreal appearing to have high amounts of dust, which drastically affected grip.

During the session, various drivers were seen spinning due to a lack of grip, including Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas.

The Red Bull Formula One team, who are braced for a difficult weekend in Canada, had a difficult session, with reliability problems holding back its F1 drivers – which also saw Verstappen forced to park his Red Bull out on circuit.

Story of the session 

As Practice 2 got underway in dusty conditions, Ferrari took to the top of the time-sheets immediately, with Vettel and Raikkonen exchanging fastest laps. Championship leader Vettel set the initial pace in the 1 minute-15s, until Raikkonen upped the pace by some one second, but the championship leader eventually beat Raikkonen by 0.052s to a 1.14.093s – all on the ultra-soft tyres. Raikkonen soon upped the pace to a 1.13.990, which soon put Vettel 0.103s adrift.

Behind the two Ferrari’s, initially, was Daniil Kvyat’s Toro Rosso, who was just 1.1s adrift, and just ahead of Force India’s Sergio Perez – ironically the two who came together in Monaco.

The two Mercedes spilt their tyre strategy; Bottas on the soft and Hamilton on the super-soft. However, Finn Bottas found the better of Hamilton, despite being on the slower tyre. Bottas was just 0.089s adrift of the pacesetting Ferrari of Raikkonen. Despite Bottas’ time, Hamilton soon returned to the top, after pipping Raikkonen by 0.035s.

Vettel was the first of the front-runners to head out on the ultra-soft tyre, and the German flew straight to the top of the time-sheets upon his first attempt, and was 0.211s clear of Hamilton, despite a lock-up. The German soon went even faster, to set a 1.13.744, setting him some seven tenths clear of Hamilton. Raikkonen followed suit, and was 0.166s adrift of Vettel. The Finn soon went faster than Vettel by 0.265s, with a 1.12.935.

The Mercedes drivers were next for a qualifying simulation run, and Bottas went third behind the two Ferrari’s, albeit some half second behind. Hamilton was next up, who went second to Raikkonen, albeit some 0.215s.