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2014-06-07 08:34

MONTREAL IS MINE! Lewis Hamilton put Mercedes back on top with team mate Nico Rosberg right behind him with the fastest laps from second free practice for the 2014 Canadian F1 GP. Image: AFP / Wang Zhao

MONTREAL, Canada - Lewis Hamilton signalled his intention to reclaim the Formula 1 Drivers' championship lead from Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg by setting the pace in second practice for the 2014 Canadian GP on Friday.

The Briton, a three-times winner on Gilles Villeneuve circuit, lapped the island track in 1min16.118on an overcast afternoon on the St. Lawrence River.

CLOSE BEHIND

Ferrari's two-times Drivers' champion Fernando Alonshad upstaged the mighty Mercedes team by topping the time sheet in the first session but Hamilton and Rosberg quickly restored order by going 1-2 later in the day.

Hamilton and Rosberg arrived in Canada downplaying their spat that had dominated talk up and down the paddock but on the track their rivalry remained firmly in place.

Rosberg, who ended Hamilton's four-race run of wins by coming first in Monaco two weeks earlier to oust his team mate from the top of the standings, was 0.175sec behind, setting the stage for another hotly contested one-on-one battle for pole on Saturday.

Mercedes has started every race from pole so far in 2014 and taken five successive 1-2 finishes.

Rosberg has 122 points to Hamilton's 118 and the Mercedes team has a hefty 240 points in the Constructors' points. Red Bull is second on 99 but continued to show improvement as quadruple Drivers' champion Sebastian Vettel, winner in Montreal in 2013, posted the day's third-best time.

Ferrari is also struggling to match Mercedes' pace but its driver Kimi Raikkonen clocked the-fourth best effort followed by Alonso.

Williams drivers Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas were sixth and seventh.

2014 Canadian GP - Second free practice

1 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1min16.118
2 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1min16.293
3 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull - Renault 1min16.573
4 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 1min16.648
5 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1min16.701
6 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams-Mercedes 1min16.774
7 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams-Mercedes 1min16.893
8 Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) McLaren 1min17.052
9 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1min17.059
10 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso - Renault 1min17.180
11 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus - Renault 1min17.626
12 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) RedBull - Renault 1min17.644
13 Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India - Mercedes 1min17.712
14 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India - Mercedes 1min17.819
15 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus - Renault 1min17.868
16 Adrian Sutil (Germany) Sauber - Ferrari 1min17.964
17 Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber - Ferrari 1min18.340
18 Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia - Ferrari 1min18.693
19 Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Toro Rosso - Renault 1min18.732
20 Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Caterham - Renault 1min20.244
21 Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Caterham - Renault 1min22.418
22 Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia - Ferrari 1min32.127

First free practice session

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