Fernando Alonso leading FP2

The second practice session (FP2) of the Canadian Grand Prix saw Fernando Alonso deliver a standout performance by setting the fastest time before a heavy downpour brought the session to an early end. Alonso, driving for Aston Martin, clocked a 1:14.783 on soft tires, showcasing both his skill and the potential of his car. This session was crucial as it provided teams with valuable data under dry conditions before the rain hit.

Mercedes had a strong presence in FP2, with Lewis Hamilton and George Russell both posting competitive times. Hamilton consistently placed near the top of the timesheets, suggesting that Mercedes has made some improvements and could be in contention for top positions throughout the weekend. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Sergio Pérez focused on fine-tuning their setups and gathering data, with Verstappen showing consistent speed and remaining a formidable contender.

Ferrari also demonstrated strong performance, with Carlos Sainz maintaining a solid pace and positioning himself well for the upcoming qualifying sessions. Charles Leclerc faced some challenges but managed to post competitive times, highlighting Ferrari’s potential as a strong contender. In the midfield, McLaren’s Lando Norris continued his impressive form from the opening practice session, while Alpine’s Esteban Ocon and Pierre Gasly delivered solid performances, indicating a strong showing from Alpine.

The session was not without its challenges and incidents. Nico Hulkenberg’s Haas suffered an engine failure, causing a red flag, and Esteban Ocon’s Alpine faced mechanical issues leading to another halt in the session. These disruptions added to the complexity of the session as teams navigated the tricky conditions.

As the session progressed, the weather took a turn for the worse with a sudden rain shower hitting the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The heavy rain created slippery conditions that prevented drivers from improving their lap times and led to a premature end to the session. This added an extra layer of complexity to the teams’ preparations, emphasizing the importance of adaptability and quick decision-making.

Looking ahead, the weather forecast suggests that wet conditions may continue to play a role in the upcoming practice and qualifying sessions. Teams will need to stay agile and responsive, ready to adapt their strategies to whatever conditions they face. Tire management and quick setup changes will be crucial in determining success this weekend.

For Fernando Alonso and Aston Martin, the goal will be to build on their strong FP2 performance and secure a favorable position in qualifying. For other top teams like Mercedes, Red Bull, and Ferrari, the focus will be on fine-tuning their setups and maximizing their performance in both wet and dry conditions. The unpredictability of the Canadian Grand Prix, known for its variable weather, promises an exciting and potentially chaotic race weekend. Fans and teams alike will be eagerly watching to see how the drama unfolds.

| Cla | Driver | Team | Laps | Time |

| 1 | F. Alonso | Aston Martin Racing | 25 | 1’15.810 |

| 2 | G. Russell | Mercedes | 24 | +0.463 | 1’16.273 |

| 3 | L. Stroll | Aston Martin Racing | 27 | +0.654 | 1’16.464 |

| 4 | C. Leclerc | Ferrari | 24 | +0.746 | 1’16.556 |

| 5 | D. Ricciardo | RB | 23 | +0.921 | 1’16.731 |

| 6 | K. Magnussen | Haas F1 Team | 15 | +0.963 | 1’16.773 |

| 7 | L. Hamilton | Mercedes | 27 | +1.098 | 1’16.908 |

| 8 | Y. Tsunoda | RB | 22 | +1.141 | 1’16.951 |

| 9 | A. Albon | Williams | 22 | +1.167 | 1’16.977 |

| 10 | S. Perez | Red Bull Racing | 19 | +1.231 | 1’17.041 |

| 11 | E. Ocon | Alpine | 31 | +1.607 | 1’17.417 |

| 12 | L. Sargeant | Williams | 22 | +1.686 | 1’17.496 |

| 13 | C. Sainz | Ferrari | 27 | +1.912 | 1’17.722 |

| 14 | V. Bottas | Sauber | 21 | +2.007 | 1’17.817 |

| 15 | N. Hulkenberg | Haas F1 Team | 20 | +2.093 | 1’17.903 |

| 16 | O. Piastri | McLaren | 20 | +3.198 | 1’19.008 |

| 17 | Z. Guanyu | Sauber | 17 | +3.277 | 1’19.087 |

| 18 | M. Verstappen | Red Bull Racing | 4 | +3.501 | 1’19.311 |

| 19 | P. Gasly | Alpine | 26 | +4.979 | 1’20.789 |

| 20 | L. Norris | McLaren | 21 | +5.033 | 1’20.843 |

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