F1 2024 Canadian GP FP2 – Highlights and Reaction

Follow all the F1 action on the Total Motorsport live blog as teams and drivers take to Montreal for FP2 at the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix


Good evening and welcome to Total-Motorsport’s live coverage of Free Practice 2 at the 2024 Canadian Grand Prix as Formula 1 returns to North America. The 2024 Canadian GP kicks off the ninth round of the season, following recent European races in Imola and Monaco.

The 4.361-kilometre circuit, named in honour of Canadian F1 legend Gilles Villeneuve, features a mix of six left-hand and eight right-hand corners, creating one of the lowest average speed tracks of the season. Success at this venue hinges on stability under braking and effective traction out of the numerous chicanes and slow corners, including the notorious hairpin leading onto the long back straight. 

Unlike Monaco, the Canadian GP offers ample opportunities for overtaking, particularly at the end of the straight leading to the final chicane, which is guarded by the infamous “Wall of Champions.” Recent renovations have seen the entire track resurfaced and the kerbs replaced, maintaining its characteristically low abrasiveness but introducing unknowns that will be evaluated by Pirelli’s engineers during initial tests.

In FP1, the session was heavily impacted by a hailstorm on Friday, leaving puddles of water on the track. Race Control delayed the start of the session by 25 minutes, before Zhou Guanyu’s collision with the wall saw the session red-flagged. Lando Norris went quickest on the soft tyre ahead of Carlos Sainz ahead of FP2.

Stay tuned to Total-Motorsport.com for all the live action from the 2024 Canadian GP with this crucial practice session at the historic Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

F1 Canadian GP 2024 FP2: Highlights and Reaction

FP2 REPORT: Alonso on top, Verstappen in trouble

BREAKING: Norris, Piastri and Leclerc to see stewards

There may not have been much action on track, but the stewards are keeping on the ball.

Norris and Piastri have been called to meet with the stewards about an infringement at the final corner – seemingly for ignoring the race director’s instructions of taking the escape road.

A Ferrari representative is also going to see the stewards at 11:30pm regarding Leclerc’s incident when he left the pit lane with dry tyres in wet weather conditions.

In practice, you would expect a warning or fine to be handed out – a penalty would be rare in these circumstances. But we’ll keep you posted.

FP2 Classification

1) Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin, 1:15.810

2) George Russell, Mercedes, +0.463

3) Lance Stroll, Aston Martin, +0.654

4) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, +0.746

5) Daniel Ricciardo, RB, +0.921

6) Kevin Magnussen, Haas, +0.963

7) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, +1.098

8) Yuki Tsunoda, RB, +1.141

9) Alex Albon, Williams, +1.167

10) Sergio Perez, Red Bull, +1.231

Fernando Alonso at the 2024 Monaco GP | Aston Martin
Fernando Alonso was fastest in Montreal. | Aston Martin

CHECKERED FLAG: Alonso fastest, Verstappen 18th

The rain came at exactly the wrong time for the teams, who now only have the possibility of one dry practice session before qualifying.

But Aston Martin won’t mind. They’re P1 and P3 with Alonso and Stroll, and they look comfortable on the soft tyres in the damp conditions.

Verstappen will be facing an anxious wait to see if the mechanics can repair his Red Bull without incurring any penalties. Knowing them and their previous work, he should be back in time for FP3.

Leclerc goes for a spin

As soon as the rain falls, the drivers are finding it incredibly difficult to find grip – and that’s because the track was recently relaid by the Canada GP organisers.

Leclerc is the latest to outbreak himself at the hairpin and goes for a small spin.

10 MINS TO GO: Rain falls again

The wet weather running is back and the cars are fitting intermediate tyres as the rain falls in Montreal. It looks like Sectors 1 & 3 are relatively wet and potentially need inters, while Sector 2 is quite dry still.

If we do have this interchangeable weather on Saturday AND Sunday, we could be in for quite a race.

Red Bull confirm Verstappen issue

Red Bull have confirmed there is an issue with the energy recovery system (ERS) on Verstappen’s car, which is currently being investigated by the team.

Verstappen OUT of FP2

That’s it for Verstappen. He won’t be taking any further part in FP2 today.

According to Sky Sports F1’s Ted Kravitz, he has been told his session is over and he’s disappeared round the back of the Red Bull garage to head back to his room.

It might not make much of a difference, given the rain is set to pour down in Montreal. But it’s still not ideal preparation for qualifying.

30 MINS TO GO: Alonso on top

Despite the threat of rain, they’re still out there on slick tyres. Here’s the top five in FP2 so far:

1) Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin, 1:15.810

2) George Russell, Mercedes, +0.463

3) Lance Stroll, Aston Martin, +0.654

4) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, +0.746

5) Daniel Ricciardo, RB, +0.921

Verstappen car catches fire

Oh dear. There’s trouble ahead for Red Bull as Verstappen comes into the pits with his rear brakes on fire.

The team have roped off the entrance to his garage and it seems they’ll be working hard to get that fixed. But it’s been far from an ideal Friday for the team so far.

It’s groundhog day in Montreal!

We’ve been waiting a while for the annual appearance of the Montreal groundhog. Finally, here he/she is.

Alonso furious with Leclerc

Alonso is not a happy man. He’s been raging about Leclerc on the radio after being blocked when on a hot lap.

Alonso on radio: “Leclerc is the slowest person in the last corner. No mirrors. Typical Ferrari.”

Aston Martin 1-2?

Lance Stroll is currently P1 and I think the home crowd in Canada will be delighted with that, with his team-mate Fernando Alonso half a second adrift.

Meanwhile, Kevin Magnussen has had a scare after losing the rear at the chicane at Turns 8 & 9, but the Dane manages to save himself from slamming into the wall and takes the escape road.

That was close!

Drivers desperate to set lap times

It seems the drivers have woken up to the fact that this might be the only driving they get to do for the rest of the session, with dark clouds emerging above the race circuit.

Gasly remains the fastest man out there after getting his soft tyres into the right window and optimum temperature. He’s sitting on a 1:20.7 as it stands.

Gasly goes fastest… and again

Pierre Gasly sets a 1:29.007 and that’s the fastest lap time we’ve had. The Alpine driver was on the softs as well, so maybe it’s not too wet for slicks after all.

Every other driver is in the pits now, with the forecast showing the rain is about to get a lot worse.

Gasly then goes purple in every sector and beats that time by a whopping 4.6 seconds. Oof.

Pierre Gasly finds pace on the soft tyre. | @F1 / X.com

Wet tyres to be fitted

Both Leclerc and Sainz have told the team it’s “too wet” for slicks.

To make matters worse for Ferrari, the FIA stewards are going to investigate them after the session for fitting a mixed set of tyres – presumably by mistake – on Leclerc’s car.

What a nightmare that will be if they get a penalty for that…


We’re underway for the 60-minute session in Montreal!

Let’s have some in the rain and see who goes fastest to finish Friday on top.

Rain starts again

If you were with us for FP1, you’ll know the rain was the dominant topic in the first free practice.

We’ve just been informed that the rain has just started again, which is probably why the teams are rushing out of the garage.

There’s a HUGE queue at the end of the pit lane, led by Max Verstappen.

What happened in FP1?

Before FP2 starts, have a quick read through what happened in FP1 as Lando Norris topped the timing sheets.

Good evening!

Hello and welcome to Total Motorsport’s LIVE coverage of FP2 at the Canadian Grand Prix!

Canadian GP 2024 Pirelli Tyre Info

The Canadian Grand Prix marks the third consecutive race to feature Pirelli’s softest tyre compounds: C3 as Hard, C4 as Medium, and C5 as Soft. The 4.361-kilometre Gilles Villeneuve Circuit, known for its low average speed and technical demands, including braking stability and traction out of chicanes, remains one of the least abrasive tracks, although recent resurfacing might alter grip levels. 

Canadian GP 2024 Pirelli Tyre Info

Where to Watch the F1 2024 Canadian GP

Sky Sports F1 remains the home for live Formula 1 racing in the UK. The channel will provide comprehensive coverage of the 2024 Canadian GP, including practice, qualifying, and the race itself. Meanwhile, F1 fans in the USA can catch all the action from Montreal across ESPN with the race on ABC.

Joe Krishnan
Joe Krishnan
Joe Krishnan is an NCTJ-qualified journalist who has worked for a number of media organisations, including the Daily Express, The Mirror, Evening Standard, The Independent and Bleacher Report. Joe has been following F1 since when he watched Mika Hakkinen clinch the 1999 drivers' championship, and his first taste of real-life racing action was watching David Coulthard spin off into the gravel at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in 2001.
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