Lewis Hamilton will want to carry the momentum from a fabulous Monaco GP win when the Canadian Grand Prix in Monreal comes calling. Hamilton considerably reduced the gap on championship leader Nico Rosberg with victory in the last race, but the defending champion still has a long way to go if he is to catch up with his Mercedes teammate.
If the FP2 (free practice) timings are anything to go by, it looks like Hamilton is favourite to land pole position in qualifying on Saturday. Rosberg had the third best time in the session, with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel sandwiching the two Mercedes drivers.
"It's been an awesome day," Hamilton was quoted as saying by F1's official website on Friday. "This has always been a strong circuit for me and I'm really enjoying being back here again. I've generally been really happy with the car so far.
"The focus has been on working hard to make sure we have a good understanding of the tyres. I'm enjoying myself and hoping the weather stays like this over the weekend for all the fans out there in the grandstands."
Rosberg will be desperate to pip Hamilton to pole position and with it gain control of the race on Sunday, knowing that if he lets the Brit back in again, within a couple of races, the lead could be cut to nothing.
"Generally I feel good in the car," Rosberg said. "But getting the tyres working is not so straightforward here, so that needs some further analysis."
Force India, after a fabulous showing in Monaco, will want to make an impact again, but Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez, who finished third in Monaco, did not have the greatest of times in FP2, finishing with the ninth and 12th best times respectively. They will need to improve if they are to harbour hopes of another podium finish, or even a top-five one.
"The potential for a good result in qualifying is there, but of course we need to do some work to make sure we're in the right position," Perez said. "Finding the right balance under braking and good traction is crucial here so those are the areas where we are focussing our attention."
Where to Watch Live
The qualifying session is scheduled for a 1 p.m. local time (10.30 p.m. IST, 6 p.m. BST) start. Below are the live streaming and TV options.
|India||Star Sports 4, Star Sports 4HD|
|United Kingdom||BBC, Sky Sports|
|Middle East and North Africa||Bein Sports Arabia|
|Germany, Italy||Sky Sport|
|India||Star Sports Online and Hotstar|
|US||NBC Sports Online|
|UK||Watch Sky Sports|
|Middle East||BeIN Sport Connect|
|Asia||Fox Sports Online|
|Italy||Sky Go Italy|
|Germany||Sky Go Germany|