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Hamilton Quickest Then Crashes in Rain Hit Second Practice in Canada

Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton finished on top of the time sheets in Free Practice 2 on Friday for the Canadian Grand Prix before crashing into the T10 hairpin tyre wall.

The session was truncated after rain started to fall with just a little under an hour into the session. With the threat of rain over the circuit, drivers headed out immediately when the session began. Both Ferrari drivers headed out immediately on the super soft(option) tyres and set the early pace in the session. After starting on the soft tyres(prime) the Mercedes pair then bolted on a set of the options where Lewis Hamilton set a time of 1:15.988 to go fastest. After setting the early pace in the session Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel ended his session in P2 0.316s off Hamilton’s pace with a 1:16.304. Kimi Raikkonen finished the session in P3 with Nico Rosberg in P4, half a second off the pace.

Long runs followed right after the timed laps where the pace between Mercedes and Ferrari looked very close. The new upgrades to the Ferrari engine seems to have brought them slightly closer to Mercedes.

With just a little under an hour in the session the rain started falling at the track. The drivers headed immediately into the pits and it seemed like that was the end of the action for the day. After a short break, Mercedes were the first to pull the trigger and sent their drivers out on intermediate tyres just as the rain started to fall a bit heavier. Hamilton was the first one out and at the Turn 10 hairpin aquaplaned and went straight on into the tyre barrier. The session was red flagged to recover Hamilton’s car.

The track remained quiet until the end of the session as none of the driver were prepared to risk it out on the wet track.

Lotus’ Pastor Maldonado ended his session 5th fastest with Williams’ Valtteri Bottas in 6th. Romain Grosjean in the other Lotus was 7th fastest with a 1::16.864. Felipe Massa finished in 8th just a little over a second off the pace.

Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat had an early end to his session after suffering brake problems. His best time of 1:17.092 earned him 9th fastest for the session with team mate Daniel Ricciardo in 10th.

After heading out on the options early on in the session, Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg ended up in P11 ahead of Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson in P12.

Carlos Sainz ended his session in 13th for Toro Rosso but not before complaining about lack of grip from his tyres during the session. Sergio Perez managed P14 with McLaren’s Fernando Alonso finishing 15th fastest.

Max Verstappen in the other Toro Rosso ended his session 1.669s off the pace in 16th with a best time of 1:17.657. Felipe Nasr was 17th fastest ahead of Jenson Button in 18th.

The two Manor cars of Merhi and Stevens finished 19th and 20th respectively.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:15.988 22
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:16.304 0.316s 19
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:16.310 0.322s 20
4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:16.440 0.452s 22
5 Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1:16.600 0.612s 15
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:16.849 0.861s 18
7 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:16.864 0.876s 15
8 Felipe Massa Williams 1:17.041 1.053s 19
9 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 1:17.092 1.104s 10
10 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:17.111 1.123s 16
11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:17.120 1.132s 15
12 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:17.261 1.273s 17
13 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1m17.318s 1.330s 23
14 Sergio Perez Force India 1:17.367 1.379s 20
15 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1:17.627 1.639s 21
16 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:17.657 1.669s 23
17 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:17.751 1.763s 21
18 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1:18.135 2.147s 20
19 Roberto Merhi Marussia 1:19.531 3.543s 15
20 Will Stevens Marussia 1:19.734 3.746s 13

 

Photo Credit: Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula 1 Team 

About Ritesh K Bhana

Ritesh likes to think he is a true Tifosi, but he still remains fair to other teams. He supports two other teams which are not Red Bull and McLaren. Follow Ritesh on twitter @Humanshield_1

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2017 Belgian GP Broadcast Times

CDTBSTGMT+2Local
Free Practice 1Friday 03:00Friday 09:00Friday 10:00Friday 10:00
Free Practice 2Friday 08:00Friday 13:00Friday 14:00Friday 14:00
Free Practice 3Saturday 04:00Saturday 10:00Saturday 11:00Saturday 11:00
QualifyingSaturday 08:00Saturday 13:00Saturday 14:00Saturday 14:00
RaceSunday 08:00Sunday 13:00Sunday 14:00Sunday 14:00

2017 Drivers Championship

Pos.DriverPoints
1 Sebastian Vettel202
2 Lewis Hamilton188
3 Valtteri Bottas169
4 Daniel Ricciardo117
5 Kimi Raikkonen116
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