Vettel pips Alonso in second practice

Sebastian Vettel put Red Bull to the top of the times in second practice in Montreal, ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Mercedes' Nico Rosberg

Vettel pips Alonso in second practice

It was another quiet session, with only minor incidents and little drama, but the issue of the afternoon appeared to be tyre wear, with many drivers reporting extreme graining.

Lap times went up to six to eight seconds slower during stints on the softer tyres as many drivers' rubber started looking extremely unhealthy after a relatively small number of laps.

Vettel went quick enough on the soft tyres to take the top spot with a 1m16.877s just before the one-hour mark, deposing previous pacesetter Rosberg, who was then nudged back to third by Alonso.

Championship leader Mark Webber put the second Red Bull fourth, ahead of Felipe Massa in the second Ferrari and a strong performance by Force India's Adrian Sutil in sixth.

Morning pacesetter McLaren was a low-key seventh (Lewis Hamilton) and 11th (Jenson Button) this time, split by Renault's Robert Kubica. Michael Schumacher's Mercedes and Force India's Tonio Liuzzi.

Most drivers managed between 30 and 40 laps during the 90 minutes, but Jarno Trulli had a frustrating afternoon, with an electrical problem jamming his Lotus in gear early on. He eventually came out to complete 11 laps and get ahead of the Virgins, while his team-mate Heikki Kovalainen was the fastest new team driver by a second over the two Hispanias.

Pos Driver Team Time Laps 1. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:16.877 32 2. Alonso Ferrari 1:16.963 + 0.086 35 3. Rosberg Mercedes 1:17.151 + 0.274 34 4. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:17.273 + 0.396 33 5. Massa Ferrari 1:17.401 + 0.524 33 6. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:17.415 + 0.538 28 7. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:17.522 + 0.645 29 8. Kubica Renault 1:17.529 + 0.652 36 9. Schumacher Mercedes 1:17.688 + 0.811 34 10. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:17.903 + 1.026 35 11. Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:17.961 + 1.084 33 12. Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1:18.385 + 1.508 27 13. Hulkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1:18.447 + 1.570 41 14. Petrov Renault 1:18.582 + 1.705 40 15. de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1:18.658 + 1.781 34 16. Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:19.142 + 2.265 38 17. Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:19.168 + 2.291 32 18. Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:19.274 + 2.397 41 19. Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1:19.969 + 3.092 35 20. Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1:20.879 + 4.002 29 21. Senna HRT-Cosworth 1:21.097 + 4.220 31 22. Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1:21.346 + 4.469 11 23. Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1:21.488 + 4.611 25 24. di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1:21.577 + 4.700 30 All Timing Unofficial 
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