2022 Canadian Grand Prix report and highlights: Verstappen edges Leclerc by 0.081 seconds to sweep Friday practice sessions in Montreal
Reigning world champion Max Verstappen set the pace in second practice at the Canadian Grand Prix, but defending rival Charles Leclerc kept him honest as he found himself just 0.081 seconds behind on the circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
The Red Bull driver clocked a time of 1m 14.127s on new soft tyres, with a lump of fuel removed, to top the times ahead of Leclerc, with Carlos Sainz’s second Ferrari two-tenths of a second off the pace in third.
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The surprise of the session may have come from Sebastian Vettel, winner in Canada in 2018, the German putting his Aston Martin to a superb fourth place, just 0.315s from the ultimate pace.
Fernando Alonso looked strong in early practice and he continued that form in session two, moving his Alpine into fifth – a tenth behind fellow world champion Vettel – with AlphaTauri’s Pierre Gasly sixth.
Running of the red bulls
Gasly ran wide at the final chicane and went to the wrong side of the bollard, prompting the stewards to say they would investigate the incident after the race. Vettel did the same and will also be investigated, as will teammate Lance Stroll.
George Russell was the first Mercedes in seventh, with McLaren’s Lando Norris finishing eighth and making seven different teams in the top eight, with just 0.860s separating the byte.
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Daniel Ricciardo continued his turnaround in form with ninth place, less than half a tenth of a second behind team-mate Norris, as Esteban Ocon completed the top 10.
Monaco Grand Prix winner Sergio Perez had a disappointing mid-sector in his race on soft tires and was therefore out of position in 11th, ahead of Stroll, with seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton only 13th – 0 .4s slower than teammate Russell.
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Hamilton has returned to the standard floor for this season, rather than the hole-drilled version he ran in FP1, to put it in line with Russell.
Kevin Magnussen looked stronger than he did this morning with 14th – the Dane having finished FP1 in P20 – a fraction ahead of his Haas teammate Mick Schumacher, with Zhou Guanyu 16th, the problems of Alfa Romeo teammate Valtteri Bottas’ Friday training continues as he failed to set a time.
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The Finn took to the track, doing three laps, but was recalled each time the team discovered a problem, including losing speed and going down to the pits.
Yuki Tsunoda – who follows a different program as he will start from the back of the grid after engine penalties, and therefore focuses on long-term performance rather than qualifying – finished 17th, with Williams duo Alex Albon and Nicholas Latifi Respectively 18th and 19th, ahead of Bottas.