Verstappen remains ahead in Montreal, issues for Ricciardo – FP2 Report

Verstappen completes Friday clean sweep

Canadian Grand Prix – Max Verstappen continued his free practice one form by topping the second 90-minute session ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo.

The Red Bull driver continued his attempts to prove doubters wrong by setting the pace in the qualifying simulations at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

His lap time of a 1:12.198 was over one tenth of a second faster than Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, and over four tenths faster than team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.

However, Ricciardo lost a lot of time to an alleged electronics issue, which took around half of FP2 to solve, and neither Mercedes drivers set their fastest laps on the hypersoft tyre.

Six-time Canadian Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton finished the session in fourth and over half-a-second down, but Mercedes appeared to be focusing on additional ultrasoft tyre mileage, which may suggest that they value that tyre over the hypersoft, particularly in the longer runs.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel had a stop-start session and failed to complete any long runs, but still finished in fifth, ahead of the second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas.

Haas’ Romain Grosjean, the Force India duo of Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez, and McLaren’s Fernando Alonso completed the top ten.

A crash for Carlos Sainz part-way through the session brought out the red flag; the Spanish driver spun his car on the exit of turn seven and went backwards into the concrete barrier on the exit, damaging the rear of the car and scattering debris all over the track.

There was a further delay to the session when Stoffel Vandoorne was forced to park his McLaren after making contact with the wall at turn nine, bringing out the virtual safety car.

There were several further off-track moments in the session as drivers pushed the limits, mainly into turns one and nine.

To view the full results of the session, click here.

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