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F1 | Canadian GP | Verstappen dominates FP2 with both Ferraris threatening him

The reigning champion has dominated the two practice session of the day as Ferrari can't catch him.

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F1 | Canadian GP | Verstappen dominates FP2 with both Ferraris threatening him
Fuente imagen: Hasan Bratic - MotorLat

It’s time for FP2 here at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve. We are at an ambient temperature of 26.6°C while on the track there is a temperature of 41.4. Likewise, the humidity at the circuit at the moment is 38%, wind has picked up as it has a speed of 1.7 km/h and the FIA has also announced that there is a 40% chance of raining for this session.

Green flag and all of the cars are at the track. We start the session with an unsafe release by Aston Martin as Kevin Magnussen almost crashes into Sebastian Vettel. The FIA announces that his unsafe release will be investigated after the race. Now we have plenty of tyres currently at the track, both Red Bulls with medium tyres, while every other driver is also in mediums but both Alpines, Leclerc and both Haas (Mick and Magnussen are currently running on hard tyres). With 10 minutes already raced, Max Verstappen has just broken the 15-second barrier as he sets the fastest lap time of the day until now (1:14.792). Sainz also improves his position as he now positions himself up into P4 and 0.666 seconds behind the Dutchman. The Spaniard has gone for another chance of breaking the 15-second barrier and he achieves it as he moves up into P3 with a 1:14.987, as does his teammate who is currently P2 with 1:14.830.

The FIA has announced that Pierre Gasly will be investigated after the race as he missed the apex of turn 14 but did not get back on track the way he was supposed to. Both Haas are still on the hard tyres but are currently P16 and P17. VSC is at the track as there is a can on the circuit. A marshal has picked it up and we are green again. Albon starts his stint on soft tyres and moves up into P16, still not good enough as Williams would have wanted. Who is really pushing his RB18 to the absolute limit is reigning champion, Max Verstappen. The Dutchman has just set a fastest lap time of 1:14.127, as he almost breaks now the 14-second barrier.

With 30 minutes remaining, Verstappen leads the second practice session, from Leclerc (+0.081) and Sainz (+0.225). Russell managed to be in P4, ahead of Alonso, Ocon, Perez, Gasly, Vettel and Stroll. Another incident on the pit lane as now Lando Norris’ McLaren almost crashes into Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari. The FIA did not announce any investigation on this matter, but they did announce that hey have noted that Sainz and Vettel have driven unnecessarily slowly in the pit exit. Lando almost spins at turn 6 but manages to continue.



Alfa Romeo is really struggling with power unit issues in Valtteri’s car. The Finn driver commented that there is something wrong when he downshifts as his car also got anti-stall when entering the pit lane. With 21 minutes to go, all drivers are in their respective garages. Red Bull has informed Max Verstappen that heavy rain is expected 10 minutes after the end of the session, nonetheless, rain drops could be present at the track in the final minutes of the practice session. Not much happening in the session when Sebastian Vettel manages to move himself up into P4, just 0.315 seconds behind the leader. Things haven’t gone the way Williams would have wanted as Nicholas Latifi flat-spot a set of soft tyres, but keeping this matter aside, the Canadian driver is currently P19 (only above of Valtteri Bottas) while Alex Albon is in P18. Sainz has just come out of the pit lane and will try to improve his lap time in order to move up in the time sheets. The Spaniard is currently in P3 with a 1:14.352. He starts his new flying lap and goes yellow (he did not improve) in the first sector, he also goes yellow in the second sector and doesn’t improve it previous time. Sainz has been really been struggling with bouncing, as he commented that it is worse than FP1. Another driver that has problems with his single-seater is Lewis Hamilton. The British driver has come out on the radio saying that his W13 is undriveable. The seven-time world champion has not found any pace from his car as he will finish the session in P13 or lower, while his teammate is battling to enter the top 5, he is currently in P7. Max Verstappen has set a race pace of 1:18.1 with the current medium tyres that have over 22 laps.

Chequered flag is out and Max Verstappen finishes FP2 in first place (1:14.127) with both Ferraris right behind him (Leclerc in P2 and Sainz in P3). Charles just 0.081 seconds behind Verstappen and Carlos 0.225 seconds behind the Dutchman. Vettel is really liking this circuit as he finishes in P4 with Alonso behind him. In P6 is Russell, ahead of Norris, Ricciardo and Ocon. In a surprising P11 is Sergio Perez, ahead of Stroll, Hamilton, Magnussen, Schumacher, Zhou, Tsunoda, Albon, Latifi and Bottas, who did not set a lap time.

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