Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2014

Mercedes back on top ahead of Red Bull and Ferrari

2014 Canadian Grand Prix second practicePosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2014The Mercedes pair occupied their usual place at the top of the times at the second of second practice, but with less than half a second in hand over their closest pursuer.

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg exchanged quickest times and Hamilton ended up quickest with a 1’16.118 – almost two-tenths of a second quicker than Rosberg.

The Ferrari pair led the charge against the Mercedes drivers to begin with: Fernando Alonso set a 1’16.701 which was narrowly beaten by team mate Kimi Raikkonen shortly afterwards.

Sebastian Vettel, meanwhile, postponed his run on the quicker super-soft tyre until the latter stages of the session. Once he did his run the Red Bull driver took up third place, within half a second of Hamilton’s time.

Behind the Ferrari came a clutch of Mercedes-powered cars: the two Williams drivers followed by the McLaren pair. Kevin Magnussen almost collided with Adrian Sutil when the Sauber driver, on his super-soft lap, caught the McLaren who was travelling slowly at the final chicane.

Marcus Ericsson’s session ended early when he pulled over with a technical problem at turn three. Jean-Eric Vergne went down the same escape road later in the session but was able to reverse out and continue, albeit struggling with a loss of power.

Kimi Raikkonen also reported a power shortfall on his car as the session came to an end.

At the bottom of the times was Jules Bianchi, who only managed three laps following his crash in the first session.

Pos. No. Driver Car Best lap Gap Laps
1 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1’16.118 42
2 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’16.293 0.175 39
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’16.573 0.455 26
4 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1’16.648 0.530 31
5 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’16.701 0.583 27
6 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1’16.774 0.656 37
7 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1’16.893 0.775 37
8 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1’17.052 0.934 42
9 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’17.059 0.941 38
10 25 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1’17.180 1.062 40
11 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’17.626 1.508 28
12 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1’17.644 1.526 36
13 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’17.712 1.594 35
14 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1’17.819 1.701 33
15 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1’17.868 1.750 27
16 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1’17.964 1.846 47
17 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1’18.340 2.222 43
18 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1’18.693 2.575 34
19 26 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1’18.732 2.614 9
20 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1’20.244 4.126 38
21 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1’22.418 6.300 13
22 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1’32.127 16.009 3

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