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Formula 1 Canadian GP

F1 Canadian GP: Alonso fastest in FP2 before rain hits

Fernando Alonso headlined a wet/dry Formula 1 FP2 session at the Canadian Grand Prix by 0.5s over George Russell, as Max Verstappen was only 18th following a powertrain issue.

Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin AMR24
The Aston Martin driver spent the majority of the session atop the order with only token interruptions from other drivers, as he found increasing grip despite a light sprinkling of early rain.
In the wake of the hailstorm and downpour that affected FP1, and expected further precipitation predicted by the weather radars, the majority sought to gather soft-tyre running in early on in the session. 
A light sprinkling of rain began to fall as the session started; although this did not hinder early improvements as Pierre Gasly set the first time in the 1m20s ballpark, radio traffic appeared to be largely forecast-focused.
Alonso then put his AMR24 on top of the order, which was then beaten by his team-mate Lance Stroll, although the Spaniard continued to improve despite reports that the precipitation was intensifying at the end of the first 20 minutes. 
He found more pace with a 1m17.835s, then a 1m16.668s, before Leclerc took control of the session with a 1m16.556s moments after. The Monegasque had earlier been pinged for a stewards' investigation as Ferrari initially sent him out on intermediates before the circuit had been declared wet, and had to pit to correct the error.
Despite the predictions over the weather, the rain continued to hold off and allowed Alonso to resume his tenure at the top as he set a 1m15.810s, closing out the first half-hour with largely interrupted running as the continued running negated the effect of rain.
When the soft-tyre running came to an end, it produced a lengthy hiatus as rain continued to fall. This ensured that, if anyone was going to take to the circuit in the final 20 minutes, they would need intermediate tyres - all but ending the chance that anyone would beat Alonso's time.
George Russell, Mercedes F1 W15

George Russell, Mercedes F1 W15

Photo by: Zak Mauger / Motorsport Images

Russell was second fastest after separating the two Aston Martins, leaving Stroll in third place, while Leclerc awaits a verdict on his premature but brief intermediate stint from fourth on the timesheets.
Daniel Ricciardo and Kevin Magnussen took advantage of the conditions to sit fifth and sixth in the times, over Lewis Hamilton and Yuki Tsunoda. Alex Albon and Sergio Perez completed the top 10.
Max Verstappen was left 18th in the overall order when he pitted during his soft-tyre runs, reporting a smoky smell which required attention from the Red Bull mechanics. This was later revealed to be an issue with his energy recovery system.
Lando Norris was bottom of the timesheets, and is also awaiting a stewards' investigation for failing to follow the race director's escape road instructions at the Turn 14 chicane.

F1 Canadian GP FP2 result

Cla Driver # Chassis Engine Laps Time Interval km/h
1 Spain F. Alonso Aston Martin Racing 14 Aston Martin Mercedes 25


2 United Kingdom G. Russell Mercedes 63 Mercedes Mercedes 24



0.463 205.834
3 Canada L. Stroll Aston Martin Racing 18 Aston Martin Mercedes 27



0.191 205.320
4 Monaco C. Leclerc Ferrari 16 Ferrari Ferrari 24



0.092 205.073
5 Australia D. Ricciardo RB 3 RB Red Bull 23



0.175 204.605
6 Denmark K. Magnussen Haas F1 Team 20 Haas Ferrari 15



0.042 204.493
7 United Kingdom L. Hamilton Mercedes 44 Mercedes Mercedes 27



0.135 204.134
8 Japan Y. Tsunoda RB 22 RB Red Bull 22



0.043 204.020
9 Thailand A. Albon Williams 23 Williams Mercedes 22



0.026 203.951
10 Mexico S. Perez Red Bull Racing 11 Red Bull Red Bull 19



0.064 203.782
11 France E. Ocon Alpine 31 Alpine Renault 31



0.376 202.792
12 United States L. Sargeant Williams 2 Williams Mercedes 22



0.079 202.585
13 Spain C. Sainz Ferrari 55 Ferrari Ferrari 27



0.226 201.996
14 Finland V. Bottas Sauber 77 Sauber Ferrari 21



0.095 201.750
15 Germany N. Hulkenberg Haas F1 Team 27 Haas Ferrari 20



0.086 201.527
16 Australia O. Piastri McLaren 81 McLaren Mercedes 20



1.105 198.708
17 China Z. Guanyu Sauber 24 Sauber Ferrari 17



0.079 198.510
18 Netherlands M. Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1 Red Bull Red Bull 4



0.224 197.949
19 France P. Gasly Alpine 10 Alpine Renault 26



1.478 194.328
20 United Kingdom L. Norris McLaren 4 McLaren Mercedes 21



0.054 194.198

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