Alonso quickest as rain stays away in second practice

2013 Canadian Grand Prix second practice

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, 2013Fernando Alonso pipped Lewis Hamilton to the fastest time in the second practice session by 12 thousandths of a second.

The Ferrari driver had a near-miss with the Wall of Champions early on the session, wrestling his car back under to keep it out of the barrier.

Romain Grosjean was third fastest despite sliding off the track at turn two, dragging dirt onto the track.

Mark Webber, fourth fastest had a moment of his own at turn six. He spun to a stop but was able to get going and carry on.

Both Mercedes featured in the top five with Nico Rosberg ahead of Felipe Massa and Sebastian Vettel. Adrian Sutil was eighth after a bruising trip across the kerbs at the final chicane.

The highest McLaren belonged to Jenson Button in ninth place but he returned to the pits before the end of the session due to a gearbox problem. Daniel Ricciardo completed the top ten.

Despite a heavy threat of rain the track stayed sufficiently dry throughout the session for drivers to run on slick tyres, including Pirelli’s new prototype compound.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’14.818 48
2 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’14.830 0.012 45
3 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’15.083 0.265 40
4 2 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’15.212 0.394 46
5 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’15.249 0.431 46
6 4 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’15.254 0.436 43
7 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’15.280 0.462 41
8 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’15.396 0.578 43
9 5 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’15.422 0.604 29
10 19 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’15.566 0.748 38
11 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’15.599 0.781 35
12 6 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1’15.661 0.843 39
13 14 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’15.855 1.037 22
14 16 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’16.319 1.501 46
15 18 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’16.351 1.533 38
16 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1’16.374 1.556 40
17 12 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’16.475 1.657 45
18 11 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1’16.929 2.111 35
19 22 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1’17.070 2.252 41
20 20 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1’17.236 2.418 35
21 23 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1’17.888 3.070 45
22 21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1’18.392 3.574 39

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19 comments on Alonso quickest as rain stays away in second practice

  1. Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 7th June 2013, 20:52

    That was a nice save from Alonso: I thought he was destined for the wall of champions!

    Otherwise though Red Bull seemed to have great long-run pace: are they starting to get a handle on the tyres slightly?

  2. ThrillerWA09 (@thrillerwa09) said on 7th June 2013, 20:59

    The highest McLaren belonged to Jenson Button in ninth place but he returned to the pits before the end of the session due to a gearbox problem.

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! Please please please no 5-place grid penalty.

    • cg22me (@cg22me) said on 7th June 2013, 22:13

      With a penalty for Grosjean, and now potential ones for Webber and Button, this really is the chance of the Force Indias to get as high up as possible, and hopefully get some solid points from both drivers.

      Though because it’s Practice, I imagine Button should be fine on the Gearbox front, if it’s not the race Gearbox being used.

    • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 7th June 2013, 22:20

      It depends: the issue was with a gearbox sensor I do believe which caused the gearbox to engage neutral, so unless the gearbox was damaged mechanically as a result of that I think they should just be able to replace the faulty electrical component without having to change the gearbox itself.

      We’ll see though!

    • Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 8th June 2013, 11:07

      @thrillerwa09 It was Friday, he won’t have his race gearbox in, so nothing to worry about yet.

  3. anon said on 7th June 2013, 21:54

    Looks like Red Bull is going to be 3rd or 4th best car again. Alonso’s race to lose. Needs to convert while the Ferrari has a large advantage, especially over and Red Bull. I’m sure Vettel will flatter his car in qualifying again.

  4. Michael Brown (@lite992) said on 7th June 2013, 22:24

    As a spectator who sat in the grandstands at turn 12 I was happy to see the drivers waving to us after the checkered flag. But it was cold.

  5. Aimal (@aimalkhan) said on 7th June 2013, 22:27

    It looks like Grosjean and Maldonado are stuck in a game of anything you can do i can do better with each other. haha

  6. DaveW (@dmw) said on 7th June 2013, 23:16

    Hamilton has pulled up his socks and is braking late.

  7. Shreyas Mohanty (@) said on 7th June 2013, 23:42

    Even though it was just practice, Alonso leading the times says something about SF’s one-lap pace. Have they improved on that? We’ll see tomorrow.

    • Jon Sandor (@jonsan) said on 7th June 2013, 23:47

      I don’t think it says very much – Alonso’s time was over a second shy of Vettel’s pole time from last season. It looks like nobody was really pushing for one lap pace today.

    • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 7th June 2013, 23:50

      I don’t think we should be looking into it too much at this stage: I think it will be mainly down to who went on the supersofts at what time due to track evolution.

      The long runs are more interesting at this point than ultimate lap time but even that doesn’t give a great indication!

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