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2017-06-09 22:17

Image: AP

Montreal - Kimi Raikkonen topped the times ahead of Lewis Hamilton as Ferrari edged in front in a close scrap with champions Mercedes in Friday afternoon's second practice session for the 2017 Canadian Grand Prix.

Raikkonen, who finished a disappointed and controversial second in Ferrari's one-two triumph at last month's 2017 Monaco Grand Prix, clocked a best lap in one minute and 12,935 seconds to outpace Hamilton who was fastest in the morning's opening session, by 0.215 seconds.

As it happened: 2017 Canadian GP - 2nd practice

Championship leader and four-time champion Sebastian Vettel was third fastest in the second Ferrari ahead of Valtteri Bottas, who was fourth in the second Mercedes.


The top four were separated by only 0.375 seconds at the end of a closely-contested session that ended with Vettel complaining that three-time champion Hamilton was slowing him down as he followed him.

"He keeps making mistakes and backing off," said Vettel on the Ferrari team radio, a charge that could not be leveled at 2007 champion Raikkonen who was in scorching form.

Max Verstappen was fifth for Red Bull, before he pulled up in the closing stages with gearbox problems, ahead of Felipe Massa of Williams and two-time champion Fernando Alonso, who posted an excellent late lap for McLaren Honda to go seventh.

Esteban Ocon and his Force India team mate Sergio Perez were eighth and 10th either side of Russian Daniil Kvyat in his Toro Rosso.

The session was packed with incidents with many cars struggling and spinning - including Romain Grosjean of Haas, who spun three times, Vettel and Verstappen, as they sought the limits of their performance.

It began with Spaniard Carlos Sainz going out first in his Toro Rosso to try and make up for lost time after losing the entire morning session with an engine failure.

Vettel was soon fastest before Ricciardo reported "loss of power" as his Red Bull team were hit by the first of their problems on a difficult day.

Hamilton displaced Vettel after 21 minutes before Raikkonen delivered his lap in 1min12.935 seconds to take over on top.

The session was then halted by a red flag with 18 minutes remaining when Verstappen, in the second Red Bull, suffered a gearbox problem and pulled up between Turns 7 and 8, a position regarded as dangerous.

The session re-started with 13 minutes remaining and almost the entire field, bar the two broken Red Bulls, on track. Perez, almost immediately, spun at Turn Two.

2017 Canadian Grand Prix: 

Second practice

1. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN/Ferrari) 1min12.935 
2. Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes) 1min13.150 
3. Sebastian Vettel (GER/Ferrari) 1min13.200 
4. Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Mercedes) 1min13.310 
5. Max Verstappen (NED/Red Bull) 1min13.388
6. Felipe Massa (BRA/Williams-Mercedes) 1min14.063 
7. Fernando Alonso (ESP/McLaren-Honda) 1min14.245 
8. Esteban Ocon (FRA/Force India-Mercedes) 1min14.299 
9. Daniil Kvyat (RUS/Toro Rosso-Renault) 1min14.461 
10. Sergio Prez (MEX/Force India-Mercedes) 1min14.501 
11. Romain Grosjean (FRA/Haas-Ferrari) 1min14.566
12. Nico Hlkenberg (GER/Renault) 1min14.604 
13. Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP/Toro Rosso-Renault) 1min14.621 
14. Kevin Magnussen (DEN/Haas-Ferrari) 1min14.676
15. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/Red Bull) 1min15.072 
16. Jolyon Palmer (GBR/Renault) 1min15.127 
17. Lance Stroll (CAN/Williams-Mercedes) 1min15.240 
18. Marcus Ericsson (SWE/Sauber-Ferrari) 1min15.611 
19. Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL/McLaren-Honda) 1min15.624 
20. Pascal Wehrlein (GER/Sauber-Ferrari) 1min16.308

1st Practice
1. Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes) 1min13.809 (36 laps) 
2. Sebastian Vettel (GER/Ferrari) 1min14.007 (28) 
3. Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Mercedes) 1min14.046 (21) 
4. Kimi Rikknen (FIN/Ferrari) 1min14.230 (28) 
5. Sergio Prez (MEX/Force India) 1min14.578 (34) 
6. Esteban Ocon (FRA/Force India) 1min14.785 (35) 
7. Max Verstappen (NED/Red Bull) 1min14.861 (19) 
8. Felipe Massa (BRA/Williams) 1min15.106 (31) 
9. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/Red Bull) 1min15.441 (23) 
10. Daniil Kvyat (RUS/Toro Rosso-Renault) 1min15.658 (26) 
11. Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL/McLaren) 1min15.943 (29) 
12. Kevin Magnussen (DEN/Haas) 1min16.233 (25) 
13. Lance Stroll (CAN/Williams) 1min16.313 (36) 
14. Romain Grosjean (FRA/Haas) 1min16.345 (18) 
15. Nico Hlkenberg (GER/Renault) 1min16.473 (27) 
16. Fernando Alonso (ESP/McLaren) 1min16.521 (13) 
17. Marcus Ericsson (SWE/Sauber) 1min16.805 (24) 
18. Jolyon Palmer (GBR/Renault) 1min17.004 (26) 
19. Pascal Wehrlein (GER/Sauber) 1min17.606 (28)

Unclassified: Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP/Toro Rosso-Renault) (1)


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