FP2: Raikkonen fastest, double Red Bull retirement


Kimi Raikkonen broke into the 1:12 barrier in FP2 for the Canadian Grand Prix, while both Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo saw their sessions cut short with mechanical issues.

The Finn showed good pace all afternoon in Montreal, with Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel two tenths behind P2 and P3 respectively and just four tenths separating the top five which also included Valtteri Bottas and Verstappen.

Carlos Sainz was eager to make up for lost time following his engine blow-out in the very early stages of FP1, as both Vettel and Raikkonen set the early pace by trading fastest laps on supersoft tyres.

Vettel was then counting his blessings as he almost lost his precious ‘Gina’ to the ‘Wall of Champions’ after taking far too much kerb on entry into the famous section of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Luck was not on Ricciardo’s side, however, as he reported a loss of power soon after Vettel’s close shave and nursed his RB13 back to the garage.

A big committee meeting around the Aussie’s car soon followed before confirming a mechanical engine problem was the reason behind his session coming to an abrupt end after just 18 minutes and 8 laps on the board.

Vettel then sparked the gradual change to the ultrasoft tyres as the drivers began their qualification sims. The German able to wrestle away P1 from Hamilton by finding an extra couple of tenths.

Raikkonen, though, was lapping quicker than his team-mate as the half-way point approached and broke into the 1:12 barrier after also switching to the fastest tyre compound.

Hamilton was the last of the big-hitters to change to the purple-lined tyres and sandwiched himself in between the two Ferrari cars, two tenths separating him and Raikkonen.

As Fernando Alonso finally made his way out on track after an hour of frantic work from his mechanics to fix an hydraulic issue from FP1, Romain Grosjean was losing his cool on team radio in the Haas as he suffered three embarrassing spins – a regular occurrence on what was a very dusty track.

Verstappen was also sounding a little on the edge as his engineer tried to calmly talk him through a quick fix but, like team-mate Ricciardo, he would also suffer a sudden lack of power and brought a very brief flag as his car was removed from the track with smoke pouring out of the back of his car.

Drivers continued to spin out left, right and centre into the deep end of their race simulation runs. But Vettel’s main frustration soon became title rival Hamilton, who he accused of backing him up when trying to some competitive times.

After desperately trying to play catch-up, Alonso would have the final word by suddenly climbing up to P7 just as the chequered flag started to wave.

FP2 timesheet:

1   K Raikkonen      1:12.935
2   L Hamilton      1:13.150
3   S Vettel    1:13.200
4   V Bottas     1:13.310
5  M Verstappen       1:13.388
6   F Massa      1:14.063
7   F Alonso      1:14.245
8  E Ocon     1:14.299
9   D Kvyat     1:14.461
10  S Perez      1:14.501
11  R Grosjean      1:14.566
12  N Hulkenberg       1:14.604
13   C Sainz      1:14.621
14   K Magnussen      1:14.676
15  D Ricciardo        1:15.072
16   J Palmer      1:15.127
17  L Stroll       1:15.240
18   M Ericsson      1:15.611
19   S Vandoorne     1:15.624
20  P Wehrlein       1:16.308