Lewis Hamilton topped the time charts in both the practice sessions of Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Friday.
But he suffered a crash in the Free Practice 2 (FP 2) due to a wrong tyre choice during the rain. The drivers were only 45 minutes on the track before it started pouring just like it did during the FP 2 in Monaco this year.
The weather forecast for the Qualifying session is similar to FP 2, as it is likely to remain gloomy with a chance of showers.
While it was pouring on Friday, Hamilton was leading Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel. But the former slid at the hairpin and broke his front wing. Hamilton blamed the crash on his car aquaplaning as he was braking, reported BBC sport.
"We wanted to do some clutch calibration and do some starts and just take it easy and this is how it ended. I think he just aquaplaned on the front and then you remove a lot of water which is why the rear wheels were still turning," Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff said in an interview with BBC Sport.
"I wouldn't interpret too much into it. It is just one of those Fridays when it is difficult to get a lap together."
Hamilton had set the fastest lap ahead of his car crash with one minute and 15.988 seconds followed by Vettel with one minute and 16.304 seconds. Kimi Räikkönen was behind Vettel and Nico Rosberg took the fourth place on Friday. Free Practice 3 (FP 3) is scheduled ahead of the Qualifying session Saturday and the Race is scheduled for Sunday.
Ferrari have come into this race with an upgraded power unit were very close to Hamilton in the FP2 than FP1. Vettel and Räikkönen were separated by just 0.006 seconds in FP 2.
The Mercedes men Hamilton and Rosberg will begin the qualifying session as favourites as they might well secure the front row for the race on Sunday. Hamilton has already shown some great pace upfront but Team Ferrari will give them a tough challenge in the qualifying session.
Here is the top 10 results of the second practice session (FP2) from the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Canada:
LC Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes 1'15.988
S Vettel (GER) Ferrari 1'16.304
KM Räikkönen (FIN) Ferrari 1'16.310
N Rosberg (GER) Mercedes 1'16.440
P Maldonado (COL) Lotus 1'16.600
V Bottas (FIN) Williams 1'16.849
S Grosjean (FRA) Lotus 1'16.864
F Massa (BRA) Williams 1'17.041
D Kvyat (RUS) Red Bull 1'17.092
D Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull 1'17.111
Where to Watch Live
Final Practice Session (Saturday): 10am local time, 7:30pm IST, 3pm BST
Qualifying Session (Saturday): 1pm local time, 10:30 pm IST, 6pm BST
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