Fernando Alonso tops rainy Canadian GP practice with Verstappen and Leclerc in FP2 trouble

Aston Martin were the team to beat in FP2 at the 2024 Canadian GP

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Fernando Alonso and home Lance Stroll made it an Aston Martin 1-3 in FP2 at the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix, in a session where data about the crossover point from intermediate to dry tyres was more important than the headline times.

Alonso was half a second ahead of George Russell with Stroll another couple of tenths back and only three more drivers finished within a second of the flying Spaniard.

The session started under light drizzle but conditions worsened around halfway through and despite plenty of intermediate running, the track Circuit Gilles Villeneuve never dried out enough for anyone to better Alonso‘s time.

Max Verstappen was forced to cut his session in half due to a fire on his Red Bull reportedly due to a problem with the RB20’s ERS system, with teammate Sergio Perez finishing tenth.

Charles Leclerc – who had trouble of his own early on – was fourth with Daniel Ricciardo and Kevin Magnussen next up at 0.921 and 0.963 seconds back – the Dane had the biggest misstep of the session at the turn 3-4 chicane, splashing through the waterlogged grass.

Neither Mercedes driver ran their new front wing due to concerns about crashing and destroying the delicate load, and Lewis Hamilton was seventh ahead of Yuki Tsunoda – completing a positive Friday for RB – and Alex Albon.

Verstappen in hot water, is Leclerc?

Verstappen missed the second half of the session thanks to the fire, but only actually sacrificed a handful of laps on track as the rain closed on the Ile de Notre Dame soon afterwards.

Red Bull are investigating the incident, and the stewards are looking into Leclerc for apparently taking to track on intermediates before the circuit was declared wet by race control.

That wasn’t Leclerc‘s only trouble though. He was on the end of several frustrated radio messages including from former Ferrari man Alonso who complained Leclerc was acting ‘like a typical Ferrari’ and not checking his mirrors.

Adam Dickinson
An international multi-award-winning journalist, Adam Dickinson has written for Total-Motorsport.com since June 2022 and also contributes to TNT Sports, Eurosport and the Rugby Paper. He's also had articles published in the Daily Telegraph and several local newspapers, previously worked for Last-Lap.co.uk and FeederSeries.net in motorsport, and graduated with a First-Class Journalism Degree from the University of Sheffield having also studied in Oklahoma. Adam started watching F1 by accident in 2007, catching the last race in Indianapolis, and attended his first race as a journalist at the 2023 British Grand Prix.
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