Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, 2024

Alonso tops damp second practice as electrical fault halts Verstappen

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Fernando Alonso set the fastest time on slick tyres before rain fell in second practice for the Canadian Grand Prix, ahead of Mercedes’ George Russell.

The Aston Martin driver was quickest on a slightly damp track on soft tyres before rain intensified, preventing anyone from improving their times.

Championship leader Max Verstappen completed only four laps after suffering an electrical problem in his Red Bull, leading to his car receiving intensive repair work in the garage for the majority of the session.

After the opening practice session was affected by rain and effectively shortened to 40 minutes as a result of water on track, the track was dry enough for slicks in the minutes leading up to the second hour of practice. However, a shower fell over the circuit as cars queued up at the end of the pit lane forcing all of those who headed out on softs to return to the pits.

Charles Leclerc was sent out on intermediate tyres as the rain began to fall, however, this was before race director Niels Wittich had officially declared the track as ‘wet’. This was in violation of the regulations, with race control announcing that Leclerc would be investigated for the violation after the session.

Despite the rain making the track damp, the shower was short and drivers soon headed back out on slick tyres. Alonso set the quickest time with a 1’15.810 on soft tyres, while drivers enjoyed their first meaningful running on dry tyres of the weekend.

Verstappen’s running was interrupted when he returned to the pit lane with smoke from his Red Bull. After returning to the garage, the team cordoned off the RB20, with Verstappen made to jump clear of the car after climbing out of the cockpit, indicating an electrical fault.

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Rain returned to the circuit with greater intensity than at the top of the hour, resulting in the field making for the sanctuary of the pits. Eventually, the bulk of the field rejoined the track to complete more wet weather running on the intermediates, but Verstappen was unable to join them with the ongoing work on his car.

Eventually the hour elapsed and the chequered flag signalled that Alonso would end Friday as the quickest driver, his best time four tenths better than Russell’s

Montreal’s own Lance Stroll was third fastest, six tenths slower than his team mate on slicks, with Charles Leclerc in fourth ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, Kevin Magnussen, Lewis Hamilton and Yuki Tsunoda. Alexander Albon and Sergio Perez completed the top ten runners.

After taking his car back from Jack Doohan following the opening session, Esteban Ocon completed the most laps of the session. Verstappen had by far the fewest laps of any of the 20 drivers, getting just four laps in to add to his ten from the earlier session.

McLaren drivers Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri will both be summoned to the stewards after failing to stay to the left of the bollard at the end of the escape road at the final chicane.

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2024 Canadian Grand Prix second practice result

P. # Driver Team Model Time Gap Laps
1 14 Fernando Alonso Aston Martin-Mercedes AMR24 1’15.810 25
2 63 George Russell Mercedes W15 1’16.273 0.463 24
3 18 Lance Stroll Aston Martin-Mercedes AMR24 1’16.464 0.654 27
4 16 Charles Leclerc Ferrari SF-24 1’16.556 0.746 24
5 3 Daniel Ricciardo RB-Honda RBPT 01 1’16.731 0.921 23
6 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari VF-24 1’16.773 0.963 15
7 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes W15 1’16.908 1.098 27
8 22 Yuki Tsunoda RB-Honda RBPT 01 1’16.951 1.141 22
9 23 Alexander Albon Williams-Mercedes FW46 1’16.977 1.167 22
10 11 Sergio Perez Red Bull-Honda RBPT RB20 1’17.041 1.231 19
11 31 Esteban Ocon Alpine-Renault A524 1’17.417 1.607 31
12 2 Logan Sargeant Williams-Mercedes FW46 1’17.496 1.686 22
13 55 Carlos Sainz Jnr Ferrari SF-24 1’17.722 1.912 27
14 77 Valtteri Bottas Sauber-Ferrari C44 1’17.817 2.007 21
15 27 Nico Hulkenberg Haas-Ferrari VF-24 1’17.903 2.093 20
16 81 Oscar Piastri McLaren-Mercedes MCL38 1’19.008 3.198 20
17 24 Zhou Guanyu Sauber-Ferrari C44 1’19.087 3.277 17
18 1 Max Verstappen Red Bull-Honda RBPT RB20 1’19.311 3.501 4
19 10 Pierre Gasly Alpine-Renault A524 1’20.789 4.979 26
20 4 Lando Norris McLaren-Mercedes MCL38 1’20.843 5.033 21

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7 comments on “Alonso tops damp second practice as electrical fault halts Verstappen”

  1. The Ferraris must have gotten in other drivers’ way at the last corner at least ten times (likely more). Such a pattern should get a rapid warning to prevent it from happening over-and-over again.

    1. i dont know if they were purposely blind or seriously lacked awareness! they consistently blocked so many people! ham was a on a flier, before one of the ferrari stopped him. lando was destroyed. alo was not shy complaining about them either!

      They cant be that silly. i think they should get reprimand at the least!

  2. I guess Aston are not getting penalized for Alonso’s cries of discrimination it seems. That or this is Stroll Daddy’s home round….

  3. Could someone explainto me why using inters if the track is not declared wet might be against the rules?

    1. The only logic I can think of is to stop teams doing stupid things, like in 1992 when Andrea Moda forced Perry McCarthy to run at Silverstone in the dry on wet tyres.
      But surely folk are professional enough these days not to need mollycoddling with rules like this.
      If its started raining, you shouldn’t have to wait for someone to declare if its wet enough or not. In Qualifying, that kind of quick and decisive decision from Ferrari could be the difference between pole and not!

    2. Even more ridiculous is the lack of tires so that fans get to see even more limited running than there would already be with the rest of the weekend likely to be dry. All to save what, a tiny amount of CO2 for their already dubious net zero claims.

      1. Correction: it was that limited even with more rain predicted for qualifying. So, doubly ridiculous.

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