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  1. Hamilton quickest in rain-curtailed second practice
  2. Hamilton triggers red flag after aquaplaning off
  3. Ferraris of Vettel & Raikkonen P2 & P3; Rosberg P4
  4. Hamilton fastest in first practice

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By Jamie Strickland

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Well it was a shame that the rain fell as heavily as it did to deny us any action over the final 50 minutes or so of that session, but that's sadly the way it goes sometimes.

We still had all of one session and a third of another, time enough for us to glean that the Mercedes, while top in both sessions, could be kept more than honest by Ferrari this weekend.

We also had plenty of time for Lewis Hamilton go through his full repertoire at the wheel of the Mercedes, most notably that crash in the rain that brought out the red flags.

Andrew Benson's FP2 report is now live.

We'll be back with you tomorrow for final practice, starting at 15:00 BST.

BBC Music Day continues across the BBC

I think it's fair to say this page will not be held up as prime example of the corporation's efforts on BBC Music Day, but we hope we did our bit in our own amateurish way.

There is plenty more in a similar vein across the BBC's output today. You can take a look at all of it



FP2 times


Formula 1 on Twitter: Promise for Ferrari before the rain break. Vettel and Raikkonen showed good pace to split the Mercedes drivers.


Chequered flag

As if it wasn't already, the session is now officially over.

Lewis Hamilton fastest but that only tells half the story of his day.

Formula 1 on Twitter: A meeting of Mexicans in the Ferrari garage as Javier Hernandez chats to Esteban Gutierrez.


James Allen

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

"In cricket the commentators get sent cakes in rain delays like this. No such luck for us!"

"You know who that is? That's Senna, right?"

BBC Music Day

Ayrton Senna and Tina Turner

Ayrton Senna and Tina Turner provide our next F1-music crossover.

The three-time world champion took the the stage with the tottering songstress in Australia in 1993 as she belted out 'Simply the Best'.

Quite apt.

Get involved - F1 music #bbcf1

Emma: Another One Bites the Dust - a tribute to the Renault engines.

Mohsin: It wasn't me - Shaggy - for Mercedes at the Monaco GP!

Tony Foster: Depressingly... Money, Money, Money by ABBA.

Red Bull on Twitter: Boat race anyone?

Red Bull
Red Bull Racing

Shades of 2011

All this rain in Montreal is giving the BBC Sport chimps flashbacks to the amazing 2011 Canadian Grand Prix, when a major downpour led to a two-hour delay and a total race time of well over four hours.

It was also the day when the McLarens of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button came together, before the latter came through from the back of the field to score a stunning win.

Relive it in all its glory here.


'It's just one of those Fridays'

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has been speaking to BBC Sport's Tom Clarkson about Lewis Hamilton's busy day, which has included a spin, a bouncy trip over the kerbs and finally a crash in the rain at the hairpin.

"We wanted to so some clutch calibration and this is how it ended," Wolff said of the decision to send out both Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

"I think he just aquaplaned. The front wing is gone but hopefully no more.

"He was pretty quick, he's fastest on the timesheets. I wouldn't read that much into it. It's just one of those Fridays where it's difficult to get a lap together."

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At least the rain interruption gives us chance to share a few more of your F1 music suggestions on BBC Music Day.

Geoffrey Morrow: Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word.

Jonathan Savage: Janis Joplin - "Oh Lord, Won't You Buy Me a Mercedes Benz"

Dickson: Chris Rea - The Road To Hell

Lotus on Twitter: It's VERY wet out there unfortunately so that's us done for the day.


It's getting incredibly wet now...

Hate to say it but this session looks to be over.

A monsoon is coming down over the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve now.

Big shame.

rain rain rain

Get involved - your reaction to Hamilton's off #bbcf1

Poolieboy1: Intermediates? What a joke. Mercedes should have known better.

EikeSky: (Going out on track) is an obvious thing to do, bearing in mind how unpredictable Canada is. Knowing how to run in the rain is useful.

James Shepherd: Clear from the TV pictures it was full wet conditions. Bizarre call.


Mercedes on Twitter: Fortunately only a light impact for Lewis - he's out of the car and all ok.

More on Hamilton

That was actually a very strange and alarming incident for Hamilton.

He was on the brakes for a long, long time before he reached the corner, but with the car floating on the surface of the water the Briton was just a passenger.

He was only on the intermediate tyres. Whether or not that had any bearing on the incident we will likely discover later.

Hamiltons car
safety car

Hamilton demonstrates just how wet it is

Good old Lewis Hamilton.

Fearing the crowd would be starved of entertainment during this wet weather, he goes for a splash around in the increasingly heavy rain and duly sails (almost literally) straight on under braking for the chicane.

His car slowly hits the tyre barrier, before the Briton gets out and gives the crowd a wave.

"Aquaplaned," is Hamilton's one-word message on the radio.


Red flag

Thank you for the music

Few F1-music crossovers give me more delight than the story of the wonderfully named Slim Borgudd, who when he wasn't driving cars very fast was a session drummer for Abba.

His music and racing careers largely dovetailed, the Swede working his way through lower formulas while also drumming for the Hootenanny Singers, who just happened to have Bjorn Ulvaeus as a member.

Slim Borgudd
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When Ulvaeus went on to become one fourth of Abba, Borgudd went along for the ride, drumming for what would be come one of the most famous bands of all time.

Borgudd's racing career peaked when he made his F1 debut at the 1981 San Marino Grand Prix for ATS, complete with Abba logos on his sidepods. He would make 10 F1 starts across the rest of 1981 and the first three races of 1982, scoring one point at the '81 British GP.

Get involved - F1 music #bbcf1

Merciparadis: Don't forget Crash Into Me by Dave Matthews - ballad for Grosjean and Verstappen?

Roscoe DC: Lewis is... Complicated - Avril Lavigne.

Adam: MC Hammer - Can't Touch This sums up Mercedes performance at present.

Fear not... we should see some cars

The rain does not mean a permanent end to the action. Red Bull team boss Christian Horner tells the BBC that they will venture out to get some wet-weather data.

"We'll go and have a look but we want a bit more surface water than this," he said.

"The forecast for Sunday is dry but you never know."


Ferrari running upgraded engine

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

Sebastian Vettel
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"Ferrari are one of two engine manufacturers to use up some of their allocated engine development tokens for this race, the other being Honda.

" Ferrari have used up three of the 10 remaining tokens they had on a combustion upgrade which they say amounts to 'not more than' 15bhp. Sebastian Vettel said: 'Hopefully it will bring performance. Obviously I can't tell you how much. One, because I can't, and two because I haven't been on the track, so I guess that's the answer.'

"The impression is that it will take a lot more than that to make them a major threat to Mercedes. 'The target is to be closer,' Vettel said, 'but it also depends on what other people are doing. The challenge to catch them is huge, but we are trying to make everything possible to try to close the gap, and hopefully we can be a little bit closer this weekend.'"

Mercedes team radio: "Expecting light rain to start and then just getting heavier."

Right on cue...

Man these weather forecasters are good.

Just as the clock ticks round to 35 minutes past the hour, the heavens open and the brollies go up.


Lotus looking strong

Pastor Maldonado is up in P5 and looking strong, just seven tenths off Lewis Hamilton. His performance backs up Lotus team-mate Romain Grosjean's third place in FP1.

The Lotus and its Mercedes engine is coming into its own here. Can the team maintain their performance over the rest of the weekend?

Rain due in five minutes


Time check

not sure who this is.......williams?

1. Hamilton - 1:15.988, 2. Vettel - 1:16.304, 3. Raikkonen - 1:16.310, 4. Rosberg - 1:16.440, 5. Maldonado - 1:16.620, 6. Bottas - 1:16.849

Mercs put on super-softs - and go quickest

No shock to report that Lewis Hamilton has just gone quickest on the super-soft tyre.

He's done a 1:15.988, three tenths clear of both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen in the Ferraris.

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Mark Carter: Francois Cevert was also a highly accomplished pianist.

That he was. Missed that one. Also wrongly said De Angelis was Spanish when he's clearly Italian.

I'm off for a lie down.

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More last-corner drama for Hamilton

Just because you're a world champion doesn't mean you HAVE to bin it into the Wall of Champions, Mr Hamilton.

The Mercedes man went launching over the final-turn kerbs a few laps ago, drawing gasps from Allan McNish in the BBC commentary booth, but kept it on track.

He's pushing hard.


Puncture for Hulkenberg

Nico Hulkenberg has cruised slowly back to the pits with a puncture on his Frce India.

He tells his team on the radio that he did not make contact with anything.


Hamilton off at last corner

A scare for Lewis Hamilton under braking for the last corner.

The Mercedes man appeared to be distracted as he closed on the Lotus of Romain Grosjean and ran into the generous expanse of run-off opposite the Wall of Champions.

On he goes.


Rain due in 25 minutes

James Allen

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

"The latest update from race control is that rain is expected at 14:35 local time [19:35 BST]."

Raikkonen makes it a Ferrari one-two

Kimi Raikkonen has gone up to second place behind team-mate Vettel, by a couple of tenths.

Both Ferraris are on the quicker super-softs, while the Mercedes as this point remain on the softs.

No hanging around

With rain in the forecast in no surprise to see all the drivers - bar Daniel Ricciardo at this point - out on track.

Some are on softs, others on super-softs.

The Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel is on the quicker red-walled tyres and goes fastest with a 1:16.534.

Green light

Second practice is under way.

Get involved - sum up the season in a song #bbcf1

Tom Taylor: Aerosmith - Same Old Song & Dance.

Philip Lane: I'm bored by Iggy Pop.

James Gibson: The Libertines - Can't Stand Me Now.

A man of many talents

Elio de Angelis

Elio de Angelis was not only a fine F1 driver, he was also a concert-standard pianist, as this 1985

footage from German television shows.

The Italian won two races from 108 starts between 1979 and 1986. Sadly he was killed while testing for Lotus at Paul Ricard in May 1986.

De Angelis is not alone in this piano-playing regard, as Williams test driver Adrian Sutil can also tickle ivories at Carnegie Hall standard.