(Motorsport-Total.com) – Sebastian Vettel caused a surprise at the second free practice session of the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal (training on Saturday from 7pm on the F1 live stream) and finished fourth. The Aston Martin driver finished just 0.315sec behind Max Verstappen (Red Bull), Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz (both Ferrari).
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Sebastian Vettel finished fourth in the second freestyle session
In the middle of the practice session, Vettel reported that something was loose in the foot of his car. But apart from that, the German lived the first day of training very positively. He was nearly a second behind teammate Lance Stroll (12), who is racing the Grand Prix at his home in Canada.
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However, Vettel is not one of the favorites to win the first place. Verstappen, who complained of “cutting” in the first free practice session, set a best time of 1:14.127 minutes and took the Ferrari drivers 0.082 and 0.225 seconds respectively.
Fernando Alonso (Alpine) fell from third to fifth from first to second. The Spaniard was just 0.416 seconds short of his best time. Just behind him was a small gap of another three-tenths of a second for Pierre Gasly (6th / AlphaTauri).
Sergio Perez, who has been very competitive recently in Monte Carlo and Baku, fell sharply behind his teammate Verstappen on Friday. In the end, it was short by 1,040 seconds. That means 11th place, ahead of local champion Lance Stroll (Aston Martin) and Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes/+1.294).
Mercedes is testing a new undercarriage with a large hatch in the floorboard for the first time in Canada. Hamilton fixed this in the first practice session, but reverted to the old variant in the second – thus 0.450sec slower than George Russell (7th).
Hamilton was not satisfied. “Pig hunting” still exists, and none of the many groups that tried it really pleased it. Five minutes before the end of the session, he said on the radio: “This car is now indestructible, man!”
On the other hand, Mick Schumacher’s result was satisfactory: although he was 0.017 seconds slower than Kevin Magnussen in FT2, the Haas duo finished 14th and 15th. Schumacher was only 1.389 seconds behind Verstappen’s best time.
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