Canadian GP practice as it happened

Text and video highlights of second practice for the Canadian Grand Prix, where Fernando Alonso is fastest.

10 June 2013 Last updated at 12:48 GMT

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  1. 2110: 
    Fernando Alonso

    The Prancing Horse with Fernando Alonso at the reins galloped to the fastest time of the day in second practice, demonstrating that his scarlet machine had impressive pace both over one lap and the long run. Will the Spaniard be able to transfer that form into pole position tomorrow evening? You'll have to join me then to find out. Until then, it's a very good night from me. See ya.

  2. 2105: 

    Right folks, it's time for me to depart and enjoy what is left of this summer's evening. Thanks for you company and contributions as always. Rest up well and ready yourself for tomorrow's action. We've got third practice at 1500 BST, followed by qualifying at 1800 with both sessions live across the BBC TV, radio and online.

  3. 2100: 

    Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery has pulled out of the FIA press conference scheduled for later today on the advice of Pirelli's lawyers.

    BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson:

    "I think Ferrari will be pretty happy. They are the ones who have come here with new bits - a new front wing and sidepod elements. They have tried to optimise their car for this track, they are pushing pretty hard after a difficult Monaco.

    "But it's the usual teams at the front - Lotus will be up there with Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull and it will be an interesting qualifying session on Saturday. It's going to be very, very tight at the front."

  5. 2055: 

    Here's Andrew Benson's second practice report with analysis from Gary Anderson. You'll also find a video weather forecast in there, too.

  6. 2050: 

    Amusing moment at the end of that Mark Webber interview when Tom Clarkson asks the Australian for his thoughts on the prototypes which the teams ran in P2. Webber replied that he would have liked to have done more running on them and then cheekily adds: "But we'll have a look at the Mercedes data from Barcelona and go from there."


    Red Bull's Mark Webber, who finished fourth fastest: "I think we were pretty strong in both wet and dry conditions. In the wet on inters, I felt comfortable straight away. We did everything we could do in P2, which was to look at the prototype tyre and then focus efforts on this weekend's grand prix. It's a tricky venue, a lot of people going off, but in end we got the maximum out of the session that we could."

  8. 2045: 

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, who finished second fastest, looks a bit downbeat as he talks to Jennie Gow. "It was OK, it was a normal day," said the 2008 world champion. "It's good that it dried up. The harder tyre seems to be a bit harder to get temperature into it, but otherwise we don't seem to have too much degradation or graining."

  9. 2042: 

    It was a frustrating session for Force India's Paul di Resta, who was quickest in first practice. The Scot managed just 22 laps, on his way to 13th fastest. In contrast, pacesetter Ferrari's Fernando Alonso clocked up 48 laps - more than anybody else.


    Red Bull boss Christian Horner: "It was a sensible session, we looked at low fuel, high fuel and both compounds of tyres. It's a bit chilly out there. Sebastian didn't have a clean lap on his super-soft run, he got held up by Kimi, but nonetheless, it's very positive for both drivers."

    BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson:

    "Ferrari have come here with some modifications and they look logical to me. I have a funny feeling in my water that Ferrari might have closed the gap on Red Bull here."

  12. 2036: 

    1) Alonso 2) Hamilton 3) Grosjean 4) Webber 5) Rosberg 6) Massa 7) Vettel 8) Sutil 9) Button 10) Ricciardo 11) Raikkonen

    12) Perez 13) Di Resta 14) Maldonado 15) Vergne 16) Bottas 17) Gutierrez 18) Hulkenberg 19) Bianchi 20) Pic 21) Chilton 22) Van der Garde

  13. 2034: 

    We've also just seen a replay of Mark Webber caressing the Wall of Champions with his right rear tyre. That's a bit too close for comfort for the Australian, but he survives to fight another day and his mechanics breathe a huge sigh of relief.

  14. 2032: 

    Replays show Felipe Massa having a huge lock up at the final chicane, but rather than cutting the corner, he does the honourable thing and throws the car into the corner. Luckily for him he makes it through unscathed, although he is perilously close to the Wall of Champions on the exit. Brave man.

  15. 2030: 
    Fernando Alonso


  16. 2027: 

    A look towards the back of the field shows that Esteban Gutierrez is half a second quicker than Sauber team-mate Nico Hulkenberg while Charles Pic holds a 1.1 second advantage over Caterham team-mate Giedo van der Garde.

    Over at Marussia, Jules Bianchi continues to have the better of Max Chilton, the Frenchman leading the Brit by over seven tenths of a second.

  17. 2023: 

    Pastor Maldonado is doing a good job of mowing the lawn, running wide at Turn One and then rejoins the track before heading back onto the grass around the outside of Turn Two. Not ideal.

  18. 2017: 

    McLaren's Jenson Button reports that when he tries to select seventh gear, the gearbox goes into neutral. His team reply that it may be a sensor issue and they are looking into it.


    Force India: Track getting slightly damp, tyres being old result in lap times raising. Useful work to understand the lifecycle of rubber on this track.

  20. 2013: 

    Big lock up for Kimi Raikkonen at the final chicane, but he just eases off the brakes and cuts across the chicane, being careful to avoid the orange sausage kerbs. Sebastian Vettel has a little lock up at the hairpin, completely missing the apex before continuing on his way.

  21. 2009: 

    Drivers working on long runs at the moment, so no change to the times for a while. Andrew Benson is logging the lap times on the long runs and it appears the Red Bull is a good deal quicker than the Mercedes.


    Phil Strang:‏ "That orange sausage kerb is gonna cause lots of problems this weekend."

  23. 2006: 

    With just 24 minutes remaining, Fernando Alonso leads the way from Lewis Hamilton and Romain Grosjean - who having crashed four times in Monaco is yet to do the same in Montreal.

    Mark Webber, Nico Rosberg and Felipe Massa complete the top six. Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel is seventh, Jenson Button ninth and Kimi Raikkonen 11th.

  24. 2003: 
    Canadian GP

    Coverage for the Canadian GP this weekend is live across the BBC, on TV, radio and online.

    Second practice is under way now, of course, on BBC Three and audio commentary online. Final practice tomorrow is on BBC Two from 1455 BST, as well as online. Qualifying is live on BBC One from 1700 and online.

    Race coverage on Sunday is on BBC One from 1815 , on 5 live from 1800 and here online. TV highlights are on BBC Three at 0115.

    And don't forget all the lovely extra camera streams available online during qualifying and the race, including the pit lane feed (also available on the Red Button), driver tracker, on-board, timing screens and alternative commentary.

    For more information on what's available on Red Button, Connected TV and alternative camera views, click here.

  25. 1959: 

    McLaren's Jenson Button messes up his super-soft tyre run when he outbrakes himself into the final chicane and decides to cut the corner rather than risk hitting the Wall of Champions.

  26. 1954: 

    Williams driver Valtteri Bottas is told by his team that there are spots of rain in pit lane. Could the weather intervene again and rob the teams of yet more useful running?

  27. 1953: 

    It's Fernando Alonso's turn to bolt on a set of the super-soft tyres and makes the most of the fresh, grippy rubber to go fastest with a 1:14.818. 0.012 seconds off the pace.


    Elton Lam: ‏"The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is such a great circuit. Challenging and fast."

  29. 1948: 

    Stunning lap from Lewis Hamilton who goes two tenths clear of the field on the first lap of his super-soft run. His Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg can't beat him for a change, slotting into third, 0.243 seconds off the pace.

  30. 1947: 

    But Mark Webber steals P1 back again with another minimal improvement on his second timed lap on the super-softs. The Australian is 0.068 seconds clear.

  31. 1945: 

    Sebastian Vettel manages to improve on his second lap on his super-soft tyre run, moving back into P1 by 0.040 seconds.

  32. 1942: 

    Mark Webber sneaks in front of his Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel on his super-soft tyre run, clocking a 1:15.320 (which is 0.058 seconds quicker) to go fastest.

  33. 1939: 

    It's a very scrappy lap from Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, but he still manages to go quickest of all on the super-soft tyre, 0.242 seconds clear of Lewis Hamilton in the Mercedes.

  34. 1937: 

    Adrian Sutil manages to get all four wheels off the ground at the final chicane, launching his Force India off the kerbs before hitting the track again with a bump. "I can't even describe how much of a headache you get when that happens," says Caterham reserve driver Alexander Rossi, who is acting a a BBC Radio 5 live analyst for this session.

  35. 1935: 

    Lewis Hamilton, our current leader, is quickest in the first and second sector, but it's Paul di Resta, who was quickest in first practice, who has the fastest time in the final sector. The Scot is second fastest overall, 0.361 seconds off the pace.

  36. 1928: 

    Lewis Hamilton hooks up three lovely sectors to go quickest, getting down into the high 1m15s and three tenths quicker than anyone else. Nico Rosberg has popped his Mercedes up into third, four tenths off his team-mate's leading pace.


    Ferrari development driver Pedro de la Rosa: "We did the first run with the new prototype tyres. Now we're trying a new front wing. We've got a lot of parts aero-specific to Canada which we want to try before tomorrow."

    "Monaco was strange for us, because we were not expecting not to be quick but Canada is completely different to Monaco. We have a very efficient car on the straights, this is one of our strongest points."

  38. 1922: 

    Lots of work going on at McLaren with a group of mechanics huddled around the rear of Jenson Button's car. The Briton is currently ninth fastest, 0.7 seconds off the pace from 12 laps. His team-mate Sergio Perez is out on track and goes third fastest, four tenths off the pace.

  39. 1920: 

    Mark Webber leaves it a bit late on the brakes at Turn Six and loses control of his Red Bull. The rear end of the car spins round, but luckily there's some run-off on the outside of the corner so the Australian keeps the car out of the barriers.

  40. 1918: 

    The rear end of Fernando Alonso's Ferrari steps out at the final chicane, but the Spaniard catches it and keep his nose out of the Wall of Champions. His team-mate Felipe Massa, who has never been on the podium here, is running well at the moment. He currently leads the way, nearly four tenths clear of Paul di Resta in second.

  41. 1915: 

    Lots of drivers are locking up at the moment as they get used to the new grip levels. Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel is one of those drivers, locking up and then releasing the brake and bouncing across the grass and depositing some soil on the track.

  42. 1912: 

    Red Bull's Mark Webber improves to a 1:16.513, one tenth quicker than Force India's Adrian Sutil. Lewis Hamilton is third, ahead of Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen. It's quite close at the top, with the top seven separated by six tenths of a second.

  43. 1907: 

    Formula 1 cars are pretty noisy machines, but that doesn't seem to faze a brave and trespassing marmot who scurries across the track. He's got some pace in him, so safely gets from one side to the other with ease. For those of you who are interested, marmots are members of the squirrel family but with short tails, thick grey-ish fur and smaller ears.

  44. 1904: 

    No time for installation laps with a flurry of lap times on the board straight away. Red Bull's Mark Webber is our early leader, clocking a 1:18.516. That's half a second quicker than Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen with Force India's Adrian Sutil third. Most are on the black unmarked development tyres - lots of data needed from these new constructions which are aimed at stopping tyre delaminations.

  45. 1901: 

    I've never seen them so keen as drivers pour out of the pit lane and onto the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Most do a practice start at the end of the pit lane and then begin squabbling for position.

  46. 1900: 
    GO! GO! GO!

    We're go, go, go in Montreal for second practice!

  47. 1858: 

    Caterham reserve driver Alexander Rossi has hopped out of the Caterham, which he drove in first practice, and into the hot seat in the BBC Radio 5 live commentary box. He's our analyst for this session along with commentator James Allen.

  48. 1856: 

    Force India's Paul di Resta was the man on top in first practice. Here's how they finished:

    1) Di Resta 2) Button 3) Grosjean 4) Alonso 5) Raikkonen 6) Ricciardo 7) Rosberg 8) Perez 9) Vettel 10) Webber 11) Massa

    12) Bottas 13) Vergne 14) Sutil 15) Gutierrez 16) Hamilton 17) Hulkenberg 18) Van der Garde 19) Chilton 20) Rossi 21) Maldonado 22) Bianchi

  49. 1852: 

    I often get asked about Robert Kubica and how his recovery from a massive rallying accident is coming along. Well the Pole is competing in the European Rally Championship as well as doing work for the Mercedes F1 Team in their simulator.

    He's also given an exclusive interview with BBC Sport, which you can watch in Sunday's race build up show. "I miss racing in F1, yes," he said. "When you do everything you can to be an F1 driver and suddenly it stops, it's not painful but it's definitely not something you were looking for."

  50. 1846: 

    If you're not busy hastily preparing your dinner ahead of second practice and are instead unwinding after a long working week, may I suggest watching our first practice highlights video edit which will require just two minutes and 53 seconds of your life and catch you up perfectly if you missed this afternoon's session.

    BBC Sport's chief's F1 writer Andrew Benson in Montreal:

    "Twenty minutes before second practice and it has not rained in the gap between the two sessions and while it is still cloudy it doesn't look like it's going to for at least the immediate future. The teams will be keen to get out there and get some serious running in after the wet conditions in P1."

  52. 1842: 
    Hugh Grant and Christian Horner

    Here's our first celeb spot of the weekend - and it's a decent one. Notting Hill and About a Boy actor Hugh Grant is in the paddock. He spent first practice in the Red Bull garage with team principal Christian Horner.

    BBC Sport's chief's F1 writer Andrew Benson in Montreal:

    "The damp conditions in first practice meant running on the development tyre Pirelli has brought here, and which it wants to introduce from the British Grand Prix, was far too restricted for the teams to draw any conclusions. McLaren sporting director Sam Michael said they would need a stint's length - 20 laps or so - to draw full conclusions. It's hard to imagine, given the truncated dry running today and the need to prepare for the race, that there will have been enough running by the three teams who are blocking the new tyre on grounds that it might affect their competitiveness - Lotus, Ferrari and Force India - for them to say they are happy with it. If they're not, it won't be introduced at Silverstone because unanimity is needed for that."

  54. 1837: 

    Practice starts at 1900 BST, with live coverage on BBC Three. We'll also have BBC Radio 5 live coverage (online only) from 1855.


    BBC weatherman Ian Fergusson: Rain generally keeping to south of circuit. Looking dry but showers possible.


    Williams: Just nose and front wing damage to Pastor's car so it will be ready for FP2. It was quite a big impact too so Pastor's had a full check at the medical centre - he's back and OK too.

  57. 1833: 
    Pastor Maldonado

    Welcome back to those who joined me for first practice and hello to those just joining us. You didn't miss a whole lot if I'm honest. Just a few very well paid drivers splashing about in the rain. Everyone managed to keep their nose clean, expect for a certain Pastor Maldonado...

  58. 1830: 
    Fernando Alonso

    Good news, folks. Rain ruined any chance of meaningful running in first practice but the wet weather has stayed away during the break which means we're set for a dry start to the second session.

  59. 1700: 
    Paul di Resta

    Paul di Resta was the man of the moment in first practice as the drivers spent much of the session splashing about in the puddles.

    They will have a lot of tyre work to catch up on in second practice and come the end of that session, we should have a better idea of the pecking order.

    Can the Scot make it an unlikely two out of two? Join me from 1830 BST to find out. See you in a bit.

  60. 1655: 

    Second practice starts at 1900 BST, with live coverage on BBC Three and BBC Radio 5 live sports extra. I'm off for a quick pit stop but will be back to build up to that 90-minute session at 1830.

  61. 1650: 

    Here's Andrew Benson's developing practice report which sums up that wet-dry session. Keep an eye out on the website for a video edit of that session, too.

  62. 1645: 

    Away from the track action, Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn has told Eddie Jordan in an exclusive interview that the arrangements for their controversial Pirelli tyre test were based on "privacy not secrecy".

    Mercedes and Pirelli will appear before F1's international tribunal after governing body the FIA said it "may constitute a breach" of F1's rules.

    Brawn said: "It was a Pirelli test. What we were seeking was privacy not secrecy. "You don't go testing in Barcelona for three days and expect people not to know about it."


    Force India: Now, that's how we all want to head to lunch - with one of our drivers on top of the rankings! Big boost before FP2!


    Connor Plane: Wow Paul di Resta is fastest in P1, who'd of thought of that?


    Force India's Paul di Resta, who finished fastest: "There were yellow flags in sector one, but I was very cautious through it. I'm not so sure where it comes to. We had a good run on the inters. In the dry, the car doesn't seem too bad. FP2 is going to be busy as we've got lot of tyre work to do given the forecast, but I'm looking forward to it. This is the worst grand prix of the year for weather, it's so unpredictable and we spend more time hiding from the rain here than anywhere else. I think anything in the top six on Sunday will be exceptional."

  66. 1638: 

    1) Di Resta 2) Button 3) Grosjean 4) Alonso 5) Raikkonen 6) Ricciardo 7) Rosberg 8) Perez 9) Vettel 10) Webber 11) Massa

    12) Bottas 13) Vergne 14) Sutil 15) Gutierrez 16) Hamilton 17) Hulkenberg 18) Van der Garde 19) Chilton 20) Rossi 21) Maldonado 22) Bianchi

  67. 1636: 
    Pastor Maldonado

    It was not an ideal session for Pastor Maldonado who binned it in the final minutes of the session.

  68. 1634: 

    Well what a start for Force India, eh? The Silverstone-based team are celebrating their 100th grand prix this weekend in Canada. And it's a British 1-2 with Jenson Button 0.088 seconds behind Paul di Resta.

  69. 1633: 


  70. 1631: 

    Paul di Resta goes quickest of all in the Force India. Super stuff from the Scot. Romain Grosjean goes second fastest, but he's deposed by Jenson Button who is just 0.088 seconds adrift of fellow Brit Di Resta.

  71. 1630: 

    Out comes the chequered flag, but there are still a fair few drivers out there on a quick lap...

  72. 1625: 

    You can always count on Pastor Maldonado to cause a scene. The Venezuelan hits the wall at front wing, breaking his front wing. "I've got my fingers crossed that he wasn't running the modified front wing," said Williams development driver Susie Wolff who is acting as a BBC Radio 5 live analyst. As Gary said earlier, the team only have one new front wing for each of their drivers.

  73. 1620: 

    Jenson Button delivers a cracker of a lap to go quickest in his McLaren with a 1:21.551, 1.4 seconds quicker than Sebastian Vettel's previous best on the inters. Kimi Raikkonen, goes second, 0.057 seconds off the pace.

  74. 1615: 

    Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen and Jenson Button have just bolted on a set of medium tyres. Raikkonen goes second quickest, just 0.589 seconds slower than Vettel's leading time set on the inters.

  75. 1613: 
    Fernando Alonso

    SpongeBob SquarePants keeps Fernando Alonso company earlier in the session while the Spaniard waited for the conditions to improve.

  76. 1611: 

    Fernando Alonso and Sergio Perez head out on track on the slick development tyres as the track continues to dry. There are still a few puddles out there, though, most notably around the kerb down at Turn Two.

  77. 1609: 

    Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne obviously thinks so because he's just headed out on track on a set of slick tyres. He won't be setting a quick lap, though, because as he brakes for Turn One, the headrest detaches itself and lifts up. The Frenchman backs off and crawls round bound for the pits.

  78. 1607: 

    Guess who has just pumped in a time that is six tenths quicker than anyone else. It's reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel. Top effort from the Red Bull driver. Could it now be time to bolt on a set of dry weather tyres?

  79. 1605: 

    With 25 minutes of this session to go, Nico Rosberg leads the way by three tenths of a second from Sebastian Vettel with Lewis Hamilton third. Nico Hulkenberg, Daniel Ricciardo, Esteban Gutierrez, Mark Webber, Adrian Sutil and Jean-Eric Vergne completing the top 10.


    Marussia: To confirm, nothing wrong with Jules' car and no damage. Just an off, he tried to turn and get back on track but everything got a bit hot.

    BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson:

    "Williams ran their 2012 front wing and nose assembly in Friday practice in Monaco as part of their attempts to solve problems with the car following a poor start to the season. The old part was faster but the team decided not to race it in Monaco because they could not be sure of its legality. But they have made some modifications for this weekend and they are expected to run it again here in Canada, this time for the whole weekend, although there is only one each for Valtteri Bottas and Pastor Maldonado, so the drivers will have to be careful not to go off in the slippery conditions."

  82. 1600: 

    Just seen Sebastian Vettel run wide in exactly the same place as he did in 2011 when he lost the lead to Jenson Button on the final lap in similar conditions. A dry line continues to form, but large wet patches remain which means it's not quite time for slick tyres yet.

  83. 1558: 

    Nico Rosberg of Mercedes improves his lead at the top of the timesheets to six tenths of a second. Nico Hulkenberg pops in a decent effort, too, to go third fastest in his Sauber.

    BBC Sport's chief's F1 writer Andrew Benson in Montreal:
    Felipe Massa's Ferrari

    "Ferrari's Felipe Massa says he feels fine after the huge accident caused by a suspension failure that ended his Monaco Grand Prix, after which he spent a short time in hospital for a check-up. Ferrari admitted a couple of days after Monaco that the race accident had been caused by a front suspension failure, which raised questions about their claim that a similar accident on Saturday had been a driver error. But Massa said that he had indeed made a mistake in the earlier one. 'It was two accidents which look really similar from the television but they were completely different accidents,' he said. 'The first one I had just locked wheels over the bumps and then went straight and hit the guardrail. In the second one I had a suspension problems.'"

    BBC Sport's chief's F1 writer Andrew Benson in Montreal:

    "Kimi Raikkonen made headlines after Monaco with his remark following his collision with McLaren's Sergio Perez that 'maybe someone should punch him in the face.' Raikkonen made it clear here that viewing the TV replays since Monaco had not changed his opinion about who was in the wrong. 'I'm choosing my own line and I could easily have made the corner but if he comes too fast and can't stop my line was in the middle of the circuit anyhow,' the Lotus driver said. 'There was no way he was going to get past me if I don't move over and I don't really feel I should move over if the other guy comes too fast.' Perez has not shifted his opinion either: 'If you look at the last couple of years everybody tries to overtake there. Monaco is a place where it's very difficult to overtake. I think I did nothing wrong apart from trying to overtake, he shut the door. I did my best to avoid him but I touched the wall, I clipped his rear tyre. I had to retire from the race and I see very little I did wrong.' The issue is expected to be the subject of vigorous discussion in the drivers' briefing later on Friday."

  86. 1554: 

    Lewis Hamilton just can't seem to get the better of his Mercedes team-mate of late. The 2008 world champion goes second quickest, 0.152 seconds behind Nico Rosberg. Elsewhere, Sebastian Vettel is 12th fastest, a smidgen ahead of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso. Britain's Jenson Button, who won in Montreal in 2011, is eighth fastest.

  87. 1551: 
    Alexander Rossi and Romain Grosjean

    American Alexander Rossi (left) is competing in his first practice session this season, taking the wheel of Charles Pic's Caterham for this wet session.

  88. 1548: 

    Heart in mouth moment for Lewis Hamilton at the final chicane as he gets caught out by Mark Webber and Felipe Massa who are slowing for the pit entry. Hamilton takes avoiding action, cutting across the grass and then bouncing over the kerbs.

    BBC Sport's chief's F1 writer Andrew Benson in Montreal:

    "Lotus driver Romain Grosjean is under the spotlight after a crash-strewn Monaco Grand Prix, in which he three times collided with the barriers during practice - including two big accidents in at Sainte Devote - and then a smash into the back of Daniel Ricciardo's Toro Rosso in the race which earned him a 10-place grid penalty here in Montreal. It immediately revived memories of his troubled 2012 season, but the Frenchman has been keen to emphasise that he and the team have analysed what went wrong and the situation was different - although he was not entirely convincing in what that was the case. 'I can't tell you because it's confidential,' Grosjean said. 'We have an explanation for the crashes in FP1, FP3 and then the race I got caught by Daniel braking early. We have analysed, we understand and we know what's going on. People like to speak. Last year was something, this year it is very different. It's not because you do one mistake in the race that everyone is coming back to the past.'"

  90. 1545: 

    Reach for your remotes, folks. Coverage is up and running on BBC Two.

  91. 1543: 

    We've got yellow flags as Jules Bianchi rolls to a halt down a slip road at Turn Three. He sits there for a while but the team tell him to turn the engine off as it's starting to overheat.

  92. 1541: 

    As a dry line starts to form, the race director has decided to enable DRS. Nico Rosberg is our new fastest lap, 1:24.902, one second quicker than Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo. Rosberg's Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton is fifth, 1.375 seconds off the pace while Ferrari's Fernando Alonso is eighth, 1.743 seconds adrift.

    BBC Sport's chief's F1 writer Andrew Benson in Montreal:

    "Those who have been following the multi-faceted tyre saga this year will know that Red Bull and Mercedes have been pushing for changes to the tyres to make them more durable, Pirelli wants to introduce changes to the rear tyres to prevent the failures that have been happening this season but that this is being blocked by the teams who feel they have an advantage on tyre wear - namely Lotus, Ferrari and Force India. The latest plan was for all the teams to try the new tyres here in Canada ahead of a potential full introduction for the next race at Silverstone. But the wet weather is likely to mean they are not properly tested, which would mean the plan to make them the new rear tyre will have to be postponed. To do so needs unanimous agreement from the teams, and the objectors will not agree if they are not 100% confident the new tyres will not affect the competitive order. The tyres cannot be forced on to the teams because Pirelli has told the FIA there is no safety issue; it is simply a PR concern for them."

  94. 1537: 

    Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne finds himself on top of the pile, clocking a 1:26.436. Nico Rosberg nips into second, three tenths off the pace, with Daniel Riccardo a further two tenths adrift.

  95. 1536: 

    Lewis Hamilton clocks his first timed lap of the day, a 1:29.410 which is good enough for eighth, 2.9 seconds off the pace. His Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg is one second quicker in seventh.

  96. 1533: 

    Valtteri Bottas makes a hash of it at the chicane, taking to the grass and doing a good job to keep that Williams pointing forwards and out of the barriers. The Finn is currently fifth fastest, 1.4 seconds off the pace.

  97. 1529: 

    Mark Webber improves to a 1:27.909, which puts him 2.315 seconds clear. Kimi Raikkonen cuts the deficit to 1.345 seconds with his first timed lap. Just the four times on the board at the moment, though, as most seem content to stay in their garages.


    Marussia: Install laps in the bag, Bianchi and Chilton both in the garage - and in their cars - awaiting routine checks. Both watching their monitors v carefully

    BBC Sport's chief's F1 writer Andrew Benson in Montreal:

    "On the subject of the controversial Mercedes/Pirelli tyre test, there was an interesting development on Thursday. In answer to claims that Mercedes will have got a competitive advantage from doing it, Pirelli has said that is not the case as the team did not know what tyres they were running when and were not allowed to change the set-up of the car. But Nico Rosberg was asked if he knew what tyres he was using, and he said, yes. He clarified that he what he meant was that he was told whether the test was about compound or construction. Even so, that will do little to quell the anger of the other teams."

    BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson:

    "The front wing of the Red Bull on the outboard end has seven slots. Underneath the wing there are some splitters and four little splitters in front of those splitters to try to catch rubber that might otherwise have got stuck in the wing and cost downforce. It's one of those little tricks you learn through time."

  101. 1524: 

    Mark Webber does just that, clocking a 1:29.412 to go quickest of all by eight tenths of a second in his Red Bull.

  102. 1523: 

    Sebastian Vettel and his Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber have headed out on the intermediate tyres. Will they set their first timed lap of the day?


    Force India: Adrian reports that the track is fully wet but no standing puddles. With no rain falling, the racing line could dry quickly.


    Zaki Mangalji: It'll be interesting to see if Mercedes have there tyre degradation issues sorted. Wonder if Monaco was a one off?

    BBC Sport's chief's F1 writer Andrew Benson in Montreal:

    "Inevitably, the Mercedes 'secret' Pirelli tyre test controversy has dominated conversations in the paddock in Canada so far this weekend. Pirelli and Mercedes themselves are pleading sub judice and not commenting. But the Red Bull drivers - whose team, along with Ferrari, launched the protest that led to the case being referred to the FIA's international tribunal - have no such compunction. 'It would be a big advantage compared to everyone else if you are the only one to do it,' said world champion Sebastian Vettel. 'If everyone does it, it is the same for everyone but clearly that hasn't been the case for all the teams. Sometimes it is clear what is wrong and right but then you have rules and then some things become not so clear all of a sudden.' Vettel said he felt Mercedes would have to be penalised in one way or another. 'It takes the official way now and we will see what happens,' he said. 'It is very unlikely that all of a sudden all the other teams can have a go, but at the same time there must be some kind of penalty because I think it's just not allowed. But what the penalty is, I don't know. It's for the experts to find a solution.'"

  106. 1517: 

    Esteban Gutierrez delivers our first timed lap of the day with a 1:34.113 on the full wet tyre. Expect that time to be beaten in the next few minutes, though, as Force India's Paul di Resta has decided the conditions are suitable for the intermediate rubber. It's a big weekend for Force India who are celebrating their 100th grand prix.

  107. 1515: 

    Felipe Massa has just headed out on track. The Brazilian has a new chassis for this weekend after twice crashing heavily in Monaco. The Ferrari driver is joined on track by team-mate Fernando Alonso, who on Thursday said it is crucial that he starts scoring big points consistently to revive his title bid.

    BBC Sport's chief's F1 writer Andrew Benson in Montreal:

    "Predicting a winner in Canada is always one of the trickier tests of the season. McLaren have won here for the last three years, but as Jenson Button said on Thursday 'I don't think we're going to have picked up a second in two weeks.' And Red Bull have never won here, which is quite remarkable given their level of success elsewhere in the last few years. 'It has been a little bit of a bogey circuit,' Mark Webber said. 'We had a double podium in 2011 but we're yet to have the sweetest of champagnes here. We've got to get our finger out and see if we can do it. It's very open. A lot of people can challenge for the win. Maybe the first time we're in the dry is on Sunday. That's challenging for all of us but we need to get on top of it.'"

  109. 1510: 

    Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton have completed installation laps, as has Alexander Rossi who is competing in his first F1 practice session of the year. The American is borrowing Charles Pic's Caterham.


    Ben McGilloway: Hamilton is the King of Montreal! He has to be the man to top timesheets - However I doubt he will take his fourth win here.

    BBC Sport's chief's F1 writer Andrew Benson in Montreal:

    "The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve appears at first glance to be a straightforward collection of straights and chicanes, but it is anything but simple. As Red Bull's Mark Webber explains: 'It's a challenging circuit, a little bit of a street circuit, quite low on grip because the cars are a little bit down on downforce for the top speeds. Tricky last chicane, tricky Turns Three and Four. You need to have good continuity and good consistency, good confidence as the weekend builds up. It is a unique layout, the long straights make it difficult to set the car up for wing level - top speed against cornering, you can't have both, you have to make compromises. Hard on brakes, hard on the car, hard on the transmission, the car has to be good on the kerbing. It's a short but complex lap. The walls are close. It's a very complex venue and always has been. It's a real test.'"

  112. 1506: 

    Williams have now made their worst start to a season in their history by failing to score a point in their first six grands prix. Pastor Maldonado, who crashed heavily in Monaco, is hopeful on rectifying the team's lack of points.

    "We've been testing some new parts in Monaco," he said. "We didn't race them because they were not ready. Hopefully we'll be in the top 10, I think we've got the chance to be there. We just need to put everything together. We're close."

  113. 1502: 

    Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel is among the first batch of drivers to nip out on track to assess the conditions. He completes his installation lap, as does Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen, before retreating back to the pits.

  114. 1500: 
    GO! GO! GO!

    The lights go green which means this 90-minute practice session is under way at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, situated on the Ile Notre Dame in the middle of the St Lawrence river.

  115. 1457: 

    It's not raining, but the track remains wet with patches standing water. Williams development driver Susie Wolff, who is acting as a BBC Radio 5 live analyst for this session, says: "I think they'll start on the full wet and then see how they feel."

  116. 1455: 

    BBC Radio 5 live commentary is up and running - you can listen to Ben Edwards and Williams development driver Susie Wolff via a link on the F1 index. TV coverage is up and running on the BBC Red Button. It moves to BBC Two at 1545.

  117. 1450: 

    Time for you lot to get involved. Who are you tipping to shine this weekend? Can Mercedes get their fifth successive pole position? Will they be able to challenge for the lead? Red Bull have never won in Canada - can they change that this year? Get in touch with all your F1 related chat using the #bbcf1 hashtag on Twitter or by texting 81111 (UK only). Thanking you in advance.

    BBC Sport's chief's F1 writer Andrew Benson in Montreal:

    "Lewis Hamilton has a special connection with the Canadian Grand Prix - he won his maiden victory here and indeed has won every single race he has finished on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve - in 2007, 2010 and 2012. But he admits that the problems he has been experiencing with braking this season could affect his form. He goes into the subject in illuminating depth in his BBC Sport column, which was published on Friday, admitting: 'Because of this I'm braking earlier than I would be otherwise, so that's where I'm losing all my time. Even so, I'm still there in the mix.' But he adds: 'The time's there and I'm not worried about it; I've just got to get that confidence back and then I'll be in good shape.'"

  119. 1446: 
    Fans wearing David Coulthard and Eddie Jordan facemasks

    However, I think the award for most comedy item of attire goes to these two-faced (sorry, I couldn't resist) fans sporting David Coulthard and Eddie Jordan facemasks. Good work.

  120. 1442: 
    Ferrari fan

    Despite the grim weather, there was an impressive array of hats and facemasks on display on Thursday. I am particularly impressed by the effort put in by this lad. That'll double nicely as an umbrella, too.

  121. 1439: 
    Sebastian Vettel

    The Canadian GP organisers flung open the gates and welcomed the public into the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Thursday, with the drivers on hand to sign autographs and various team members made available to talk to fans as they had the chance to peer into the garages during a pit walk.

    Possibly the youngest autograph hunter in the paddock was one-year-old Felix who pulled up a pew and even had a choice of pens on hand for Red Bull's reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel.


    Williams driver Pastor Maldonado: Just finishing the team meeting of this morning and getting ready for the FP 1 which will be wet...

  123. 1436: 

    As usual, we've got two 90-minute practice sessions to look forward to on a track that is notorious for being a car-breaker. Since 2000, there have been a staggering 97 retirements. The first session gets under way at 1500 BST with the second at 1900. Let the games begin.

    BBC Sport's chief's F1 writer Andrew Benson in Montreal:

    "The Canadian Grand Prix is right up there close to the top of everyone in Formula 1's list of favourite races. It's the complete package - a difficult circuit that produces great races in a fun and vibrant city that has a bit of something for everyone. Unfortunately, the weather does not look like joining the party. It's been raining since Thursday afternoon and it looks like it won't stop until at least Sunday - and even then there is said to be a 60% chance of showers. But that just means the the race will be more unpredictable than ever."

  125. 1433: 

    Welcome, ladies and gentleman, to our live coverage of Friday practice of the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, round seven of the Formula 1 World Championship. The sun is shining....oh hang on, that's the weather in the UK. Over in Canada, it's dark, overcast and wet...

  126. 1430: 
    Lewis Hamilton

    All or nothing. That's been Lewis Hamilton's approach to the Canadian Grand Prix since he made his debut at the famous Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

    Every time the 2008 world champion has seen the chequered flag in Montreal, he has done so as the winner, triumphing for the first time in Formula 1 in 2007 followed by successes in 2010 and 2012. On the other two occasions, he failed to finish. What will it be this weekend? Stick with me to find out...

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Formula 1 World Championship 2014

Position Driver Team Pts
1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes 384
2 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes 317
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull 238
4 Finland V Bottas Williams 186
5 Germany S Vettel Red Bull 167
6 Spain F Alonso Ferrari 161
7 Brazil F Massa Williams 134
8 Great Britain J Button McLaren 126
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India 96
10 Mexico S Perez Force India 59
11 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren 55
12 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari 55
13 France J Vergne Toro Rosso 22
14 France R Grosjean Lotus 8
15 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso 8
16 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus 2
18 Germany A Sutil Sauber 0
20 Mexico E Gutierrez Sauber 0
22 Japan K Kobayashi Caterham 0
23 W Stevens Caterham 0


After 60 of 61 laps
Position Driver Team

Race stopped at 60 laps

1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes
2 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull
4 Spain F Alonso Ferrari
5 Brazil F Massa Williams
6 France J Vergne Toro Rosso
7 Mexico S Perez Force India
8 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India
10 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren
11 Finland V Bottas Williams
12 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus
13 France R Grosjean Lotus
14 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso
15 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham
16 France J Bianchi Marussia
17 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia
18 Great Britain J Button (ret.) McLaren
19 Germany A Sutil (ret.) Sauber
20 Mexico E Gutierrez (ret.) Sauber
21 Germany N Rosberg (ret.) Mercedes
22 Japan K Kobayashi (ret.) Caterham

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