Ferrari's Fernando Alonso set the early pace in the first practice session of the Canadian Grand Prix, but Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton resumed command to top the timesheets in the second practice at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve.
The Italian outfit performed reasonably well with Alonso outpacing Hamilton by just 0.016 seconds followed by Nico Rosberg in the sister car. Alonso's teammate Kimi Raikkonen, though, struggled again and only managed P9 in the opening session, but improved in the second.
Mercedes duo led by Hamilton got into the rhythm in the second session and completed the Silver Arrows one-two followed by Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and improving Raikkonen. Alonso ended the session on fifth, 0.053 seconds behind the Finn.
Hamilton was pleased with his performance in the opening day, but said there are a lot of improvements to make before the qualifying. The Brit pointed out that getting the pole position is crucial because the field is quite competitive.
"The Ferraris looked quite close today and the rest of the field seemed closer in general but hopefully not too close! It's very hard to overtake here so pole position is important," Hamilton said. "Nico looked very quick today as well so I have my work cut out for sure. We'll find out everyone's pace in qualifying tomorrow afternoon so let's wait and see what happens."
Rosberg finished behind his teammate in both practice sessions, but the German driver was pleased with his performance. The 28-year-old said that the handling of his car was quite good and he was happy with the changes made after the first session.
The championship leader was 0.175 seconds off the pace than his teammate and insisted his engineers are working hard to find that extra tenth and he is looking forward for the qualifying session.
Ferrari brought few updates for their F14 T and they seemed to have helped the Maranello-based outfit in reducing gap on rivals. The 2005 world champion Alonso said that the team gathered crucial data from Friday's practice sessions.
Force India's Nico Hulkenberg, who finished on 11th and 13th position in first and second practice sessions respectively, said there is more work to be done, although, the car is drivable. He added that the team is aiming to squeeze more performance to edge its rivals in the qualifying.
"Our target is to squeeze out a bit more performance overnight," Hulkenberg said. "The whole field is very competitive and close here and finding the perfect balance will be crucial. It's about getting all the pieces of the puzzle together and having a clean lap in qualifying."
Sergio Perez suffered a small problem with his car towards the end of the day, which brought his session to a premature end. The Mexican said the team had a positive first day on the track, apart from the small problems and gathered good information to improve the performance.
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