• Canadian Grand Prix - FP2

Alonso quickest in disjointed session

ESPNF1 Staff
June 10, 2011

Fernando Alonso set the fastest time of second practice for the Canadian Grand Prix in a session littered with incidents.

Alonso's time of 1:15.107 put him 0.3s clear of Sebastian Vettel, with Felipe Massa third in the other Ferrari. There were two red flags in the session that hampered running though, with Kamui Kobayashi and Jerome d'Ambrosio hitting the wall at turn four.

Having lost time in FP1 by crashing in to the wall exiting the final chicane, Vettel went straight out on soft tyres and set the fastest time, lowering it later on in the same run to an early benchmark of 1:15.476. Alonso then beat it on soft tyres before going quicker again on the super-softs. Behind the front three were the McLaren pair of Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton, followed by Mark Webber although none of the top six managed to get clear runs on the option tyre.

The track was busy in the latter stages of the session as a series of accident broke up the running. First Adrian Sutil ran a touch wide exiting turn seven and touched the wall with his front left tyre, causing the suspension to collapse, although he was able to control the car and cruise to a halt, with just yellow flags required to remove the Force India.

Kobayashi came very close to the wall on the exit of turn four early in the session, and then later he took too much kerb at the same corner and was launched straight in to the wall on the outside, heavily damaging the whole right hand side of his car and causing the first red flag. The delay was a sizeable one as his car came to rest out of the reach of the crane and had to be picked up by a recovery vehicle.

No sooner had the session restarted then D'Ambrosio had an almost identical accident, although he ran in to the corner too deep and after trying to make the corner ended up hitting the wall more head on. Both drivers were fine, but will have left their respective teams with a late night repairing their cars.

While the second red flag was out, Hamilton picked up a puncture and had to coast back to the pits with a deflated right rear tyre. It prevented him setting a time on the super-soft tyre, but it will be the set that he hands back after Friday running.

The delays were particularly bad for Pedro de la Rosa as he attempted to get acclimatised to the Sauber having replaced Sergio Perez who was feeling the after-effects of his accident in Monaco. Having missed out on the early stages of the 90-minute session, de la Rosa eventually managed to complete 14 laps and set the 18th fastest time.

The final free practice session takes on added importance as all of the drivers attempt to make up for time lost today. With the track conditions ever-evolving they will be hoping that the forecast rain doesn't arrive overnight to wash away the grip.