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2011 Canadian Grand Prix (Rd 7, Free Practice 2, June 10th)

June 11, 2011

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Fernando Alonso topped what was a stuttered second practice session in Montreal.

The Ferrari man set a best lap of 1:15.107 to give himself a three-tenths advantage over Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel.
Alonso completed 34 laps in a session that was red flagged twice, thanks to crashes from Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber) and Jerome d’Ambrosio (Virgin).

Adrian Sutil also lost a battle with a Montreal wall – the Force India man drifted on to the marbles and into turn 7’s welcoming barriers on his 16th lap, although that did not stop the session. It is something that could prove problematic for Sutil – the 25-year-old missed out on morning practice as his seat was taken by Nico Hulkenberg.
The only driver to run fewer laps than Sutil was Sauber returnee Pedro de la Rosa. The Spaniard stepped in for Sergio Perez, who reportedly felt ill following the morning’s opening session, but was unfortunately only able to run in the final twenty minutes of practice.

Amongst all the drama, Vettel completed 29 laps on his way to 2nd spot – a very good achievement considering he smashed the wall only a few hours previously.
Felipe Massa (3rd) once again finished ahead of the McLaren pair, this time led by Lewis Hamilton (4th), with Button trailing his compatriot by a mere 0.012 of-a-second. The afternoon wasn’t all clear for Hamilton – the 2008 World Champion damaged the floor of his MP4-26 late in the session, finishing his day early.

Hamilton’s fellow-Brit, Paul di Resta, continued to impress for Force India – he took 6th ahead of Mark Webber (7th, Red Bull), Vitaly Petrov and Nick Heidfeld (both Renault’s).
Rubens Barrichello completed 28 laps on his way to 10th in the Williams FW33. His Venezuelan teammate, Pastor Maldonado, was the busiest man of the afternoon, clocking up 39 laps and securing the 12th best time.

Pos Driver Team Time Laps
 1.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari                 1m15.107s           34
 2.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault        1m15.476s + 0.369   29
 3.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                 1m15.601s + 0.494   33
 4.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes        1m15.977s + 0.870   26
 5.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes        1m15.989s + 0.882   25
 6.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes    1m16.089s + 0.982   34
 7.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault        1m16.102s + 0.995   28
 8.  Vitaly Petrov         Renault                 1m16.324s + 1.217   32
 9.  Nick Heidfeld         Renault                 1m16.422s + 1.315   32
10.  Rubens Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth       1m16.687s + 1.580   28
11.  Adrian Sutil          Force India-Mercedes    1m16.905s + 1.798   16
12.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Cosworth       1m16.941s + 1.834   39
13.  Sebastien Buemi       Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1m17.051s + 1.944   32
14.  Jaime Alguersuari     Toro Rosso-Ferrari      1m17.684s + 2.577   34
15.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari          1m17.757s + 2.650   20
16.  Jarno Trulli          Lotus-Renault           1m18.470s + 3.363   33
17.  Heikki Kovalainen     Lotus-Renault           1m18.482s + 3.375   38
18.  Pedro de la Rosa      Sauber-Ferrari          1m18.536s + 3.429   14
19.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                1m18.601s + 3.494   38
20.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes                1m19.209s + 4.102   28
21.  Timo Glock            Virgin-Cosworth         1m19.810s + 4.703   25
22.  Tonio Liuzzi          HRT-Cosworth            1m20.284s + 5.177   31
23.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth            1m20.311s + 5.204   38
24.  Jerome D'Ambrosio     Virgin-Cosworth         1m20.922s + 5.815   26
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