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Alonso fastest in the rain in Canada, Leclerc fourth

Bad weather disrupted the drivers on the track, making the second free practice session pointless. Aston Martin did well with Stroll, third behind Russell's Mercedes. Sainz came in only 13th, while Verstappen had technical problems.

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The first free practice session in Canada was marked by a red flag because of Zhou's accident in the Sauber, after which Lando Norris' McLaren ended up in the lead. The second session was affected by the weather, with several moments of heavy rain that led the drivers to mount medium tires.

Fernando Alonso's Aston Martin came out on top with a time of 1'58"810, almost half a second faster than George Russell's Mercedes. Speaking of the German team, after trying it out in Monaco, they also brought the new front wing to Montreal. But, for fear of ruining it in the rain, it wasn't used on Friday. Third place went to Lance Stroll's AMR24.

Charles Leclerc came in fourth in his Ferrari. He's currently under investigation for racing with rain tires, which he had already used in the morning, and had to return to the pits. Racing Bull's Daniel Ricciardo had a comeback, as did Haas's Kevin Magnussen. Seventh position over a second behind the leader for Lewis Hamilton's in the W15, who struggled with traffic, ahead of Yuki Tsunoda's RB VCARB01.

Ninth place for Alex Albon who, by a whiskermissed the famous Wall of Champions, namely, the wall at the last chicane. He lost control of his Williams when he touched a wet curb with his rear tire, but managed to salvage the situation. Sergio Perez's Red Bull came in tenth. As for his teammate, Max Verstappen, the session turned out to be rather complicated. With more than half of the session left to go, the reigning champion radioed that he smelled smoke and, once he was back in the pit, the diagnosis was ERS failure. Yet another blow for the Austrian team, which is seeing its reputation for building a super-reliable single-seater falter.

Another investigation was launched for Lando, because he repeatedly ignored instructions on how to re-enter the track after a long run. Finally, Carlos Sainz's Rossa came in thirteenth.

 

Translated by Leila Myftija

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