After the Mercedes cars showed their might once more in the First Practice session more tumultuous times were to be endured in the second free practice session ahead of the Canadian GP.
With rain fast approaching the man-made Ile Notre-Dame in Montreal, the emphasis in the first half hour was on getting dry laps in, and fast.
The haste that this necessitated caught out Lewis Hamilton not once, but twice at the final chicane. Firstly, the Briton nearly hit the back of a slow Romain Grosjean, who was preparing for a flying lap, and then, just a few laps later, the reigning World Champion launched his Mercedes over the bumps at the final chicane. He was, however, able to keep his W06 out of the barriers.
Nico Hulkenberg also ran into trouble, picking up a puncture on the left-rear tyre of his Force India.
Daniil Kvyat’s fourth place in Monaco was his career-best performance, but FP2 included some issues with his right-rear brake, which came back to the pits in a sorry state, overheating.
Just after half an hour the rain began to fall, with everybody heading back to the pits to escape the damp. That’s where everyone remained for 15 minutes or so, but the Mercedes boys were feeling brave and both took to the track to test out the conditions…
…Conditions that would prove too much for Hamilton.
After recovering from his adventures in the first half of the session, he set fastest lap before the rain came, but on damp tarmac the Mercedes driver was not quite as handy, and when braking for the hairpin, he locked both front tyres and nudged the barrier.
The session was then red flagged so that the stricken Merc could be removed from the barriers, and Berndt Maylander headed out in the Safety car to test out the conditions. After about 15 minutes the red flag was lifted, but nobody else emerged from the garages.
Mercedes, Ferrari, Williams, Lotus, and Red Bull ensured there was no room for anyone else in the top ten, with Merhi and Stevens – now with sponsorship – propping up the timing once more.
Times from Practice 2
1) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG, 1.15:988 (22 Laps)
2) Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 1.16:304 (19 Laps)
3) Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1.16:310 (20 Laps)
4) Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG, 1.16:440 (22 Laps)
5) Pastor Maldonado, Lotus, 1.16:600 (15 Laps)
6) Valtteri Bottas, Williams, 1.16:849 (18 Laps)
7) Romain Grosjean, Lotus, 1.16:864 (15 Laps)
8) Felipe Massa, Williams, 1.17:041 (19 Laps)
9) Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull, 1.17:092 (10 Laps)
10) Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, 1.17:111 (16 Laps)
11) Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, 1.17:120 (15 Laps)
12) Marcus Ericsson, Sauber, 1.17:261 (17 Laps)
13) Carlos Sainz, Toro Rosso, 1.17:318 (23 Laps)
14) Sergio Perez, Force India, 1.17:367 (20 Laps)
15) Fernando Alonso, McLaren, 1.17:627 (21 Laps)
16) Max Verstappen, Toro Rosso, 1.17:657 (23 Laps)
17) Felipe Nasr, Sauber, 1.17:751 (21 Laps)
18) Jenson Button, McLaren, 1.18:135 (20 Laps)
19) Roberto Merhi, Manor Marussia, 1.19:531 (15 Laps)
20) Will Stevens, Manor Marussia, 1.19:734 (12 Laps)