Formula 1

Canadian Grand Prix practice: Leclerc tops FP2 as Hamilton crashes

Charles Leclerc led a Ferrari one-two in second Canadian Grand Prix practice in Montreal, while Formula 1 world championship leader Lewis Hamilton crashed.

Morning pacesetter Hamilton had been quickest using medium tyres during the early runs, but when he changed to softs he lost the rear of his car mid-way through the Turn 8/9 chicane.

The Mercedes slewed sideways and smacked the wall with its right rear wheel, leaving Hamilton limping back to the pits with a puncture.

That was only part of the damage, and Hamilton missed the rest of the session as Mercedes set to work on replacing the rear end of his car.

The champion team had been nearly a second clear of its rivals in the morning, but Hamilton’s team-mate Valtteri Bottas was outpaced by both Ferraris in the afternoon soft tyre runs.

Ferrari had gone out earlier than Mercedes for its opening laps, with Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel swapping the top spot on mediums before the Mercedes again came through nearly a second quicker.

Bottas was using hard tyres at that point, and was within three tenths of a second of Hamilton’s medium tyre pace initially before improving to just 0.142s behind.

Though the Ferraris closed to just under seven tenths away from Hamilton on mediums, the session seemed set to be a repeat of the earlier Mercedes domination.

Then just as Hamilton crashed, Bottas’s 1m12.311s soft-tyre effort was beaten by first a 1m12.251s from Vettel and then a 1m12.177s from Leclerc.

That left a top three covered by just 0.134s and headed by two Ferraris.

Max Verstappen had used hards to get between the Mercedes and the Ferraris as the early runs finished, but his soft tyre effort was spoiled when he came upon Red Bull team-mate Pierre Gasly moving slowly at the final chicane.

Verstappen understeered wide and slapped the wall. Although he managed to get back to the pits, his session was effectively over and he ended up 13th – only rejoining for a brief run at the end of the day.

With Hamilton and Verstappen sidelined, and Gasly only going fast enough for 12th, McLaren found itself in fourth place with Carlos Sainz Jr – who lapped just 0.376s off the pace.

Kevin Magnussen put Haas into the top five in fifth, with Hamilton’s medium tyre time holding up for sixth place.

A Racing Point/Renault quartet completed the top 10 – Sergio Perez leading Daniel Ricciardo, Nico Hulkenberg and Lance Stroll.

Home favourite Stroll and Romain Grosjean will be investigated after the session for a late incident in which Stroll banged wheels with the Haas as he passed it into the final chicane.

Grosjean was 12 places adrift of team-mate Magnussen in 17th, but a little under seven tenths of a second slower.

Antonio Giovinazzi missed almost an hour of the session while Alfa Romeo carried out a precautionary gearbox change following his practice one crash.

He took 18th place once on track, two positions behind team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.

Practice two times

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1m12.177s 39
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m12.251s 0.074s 38
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m12.311s 0.134s 46
4 Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren/Renault 1m12.553s 0.376s 45
5 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m12.935s 0.758s 41
6 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m12.938s 0.761s 8
7 Sergio Perez Racing Point/Mercedes 1m13.003s 0.826s 39
8 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1m13.016s 0.839s 40
9 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m13.168s 0.991s 42
10 Lance Stroll Racing Point/Mercedes 1m13.171s 0.994s 37
11 Lando Norris McLaren/Renault 1m13.249s 1.072s 38
12 Pierre Gasly Red Bull/Honda 1m13.345s 1.168s 38
13 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Honda 1m13.388s 1.211s 22
14 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso/Honda 1m13.436s 1.259s 45
15 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Honda 1m13.521s 1.344s 40
16 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1m13.542s 1.365s 41
17 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m13.598s 1.421s 39
18 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo/Ferrari 1m14.870s 2.693s 16
19 George Russell Williams/Mercedes 1m15.036s 2.859s 36
20 Robert Kubica Williams/Mercedes 1m15.287s 3.110s 44

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