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Canadian Grand Prix
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve • Free Practice 2

Free Practice 2

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That’s the end of the session with Hamilton ominously quickest from Alonso, Massa and Vettel. Join us again for FP3 from 15.00 BST.


Button is 13th fastest on the super softs as the session draws to a close.


Only Senna and Karthikeyan are not on the circuit in the dying minutes.


The track remains reasonably dry and it seems like Hamilton will also end this session fastest.


Both drivers out on track running high fuel loads.


Hamilton has had a very productive day in comparison and has completed the most laps of any driver on the circuit with 36.


Button complains of a lack of front end grip.


Button’s first timed lap of the session puts him 19th on the sheets. To be expected though.


Alonso edging closer to Hamilton’s best mark that has stood for most of the session.


Button, however, is out on the yellow soft tyre. Saving the super softs for tomorrow and Sunday perhaps.


Jenson Button is about to come out! Great work by the team. Most drivers out on the super softs.


Massa up to sixth on the super soft compound.


Only Webber, Senna, Pic and Button remain in the pits.


Button is in his overalls and eager to get out. But will he manage it before the rain comes down? He could be really unlucky!


Cars swarming onto the circuit with the threat of rain imminent and the circuit ominously clouding over.


We’re back underway again here. No more running for Senna today. Schumacher is on the super soft tyres.


Bruno Senna: “It was a big shunt. I was a bit frustrated being held up by traffic and pushed a bit hard into the chicane. They have plenty of spares so I expect to be back in action tomorrow.”


It means another red flag situation as his stricken Williams is cleared away.


Bruno Senna, who has had his fair share of off track excursions, has smashed his Williams into the Wall of Champions at the final corner. Doesn’t look as severe as Kovalainen’s.


Still no sign of rain on the circuit as teams continue to rack up the miles.


Sauber are working on the front right of Sergio Perez’s car.


Hamilton, meanwhile, is flying, quickest in every sector. Really looking good for the weekend already.


Button will not incur a penalty because teams are allowed to use different gearboxes during Friday practice.


McLaren has clarified that they changed a seal on the gearbox, not the gearbox itself.


Maldonado and Senna both have the new curved rear wing on the Williams for the second session as Alonso takes to the grass again.


Another great lap from Hamilton and he further improves on his time with a 1:15.259.


Lewis Hamilton is out again, this time on the super soft compound.


Webber is next to push his luck, barely kissing the barrier at turn four.


Kovalainen is on the circuit as Di Resta has a hairy moment into turn one, just keeping it out of the wall after a spin.


McLaren’s Jonathan Neale says the team changed Button’s gearbox because of the oil leak after FP1 but had to change it again as the problem persisted.


Vettel misses the apex at turn 9 and pits shortly afterwards.


We are expecting rain in about half an hour.


McLaren still frantically working on Jenson Button’s gearbox.


Sauber are also giving the super soft compound a try because of the expected rain.


Raikkonen has gone out on a new set of super softs, the Lotus team wanting to give the car a ‘more forgiving rear end.’


Hamilton has eclipsed his fastest time set in the morning session.


Still no sign of the forecast rain as Hamilton comes close to collecting a Ferrari mechanic on the way into the pits!


Heikki Kovalainen, however, is climbing into his Caterham. Great work by his pit crew.


The news on Jenson Button is that mechanics are still working on his car. It’s been a miserable day for him so far.


Just as I said that, Hamilton improves further on his soft tyres, Webber jumps to second.


So Hamilton is quickest again with a 1:15.662 from Paul di Resta, Schumacher and Alonso. It could all change very quickly.


Although it’s not raining, the circuit is clearly still extremely slippery out there.


Michael Schumacher leapfrogs Alonso to go second fastest as Alonso has a very hairy moment, spinning 360 degrees over the grass at turn 8 but fortunately recovering before the barriers make a mess of his Ferrari.


Hamilton is back on top of the time sheets again. He seems to have that McLaren dialled in nicely today. Another off track excursion for Senna.


Sergio Perez gesticulates wildly to the Force India going slowly ahead of him as Schumacher clatters heavily over the kerbing.


Mark Webber now the second quickest man on the front but Alonso is going quicker again.


Fernando Alonso jumps to the top of the time sheets with a 1:16.240. Vettel is complaining that the rear super soft tyres are already going off. It is going to be very interesting for the race.


Timo Glock spins into turn one and Grosjean is forced into avoiding action. Not the ideal place to spin!


Pedro de la Rosa hit a mechanic in the pit lane this morning and we’re hearing he is okay. No broken bones.


The lap times are tumbling early on. Hamilton goes second quickest with a 1:16.750. Vettel also on the super soft compound.


Raikkonen is on the super softs and jumps to the top of the times. He is bettered by Rosberg on the soft tyres.


Kobayashi is currently at the top of the times, albeit a few seconds off Hamilton’s morning time.


Hamilton, Alonso and Webber join the fray.


There is still a threat of rain about, which is why there are so many cars out. But Christian Horner does not expect anything too severe.


Raikkonen and Grosjean are the first of the big hitters to take to the circuit.


We’re now hearing from McLaren team boss Martin Whitmarsh that Button may not start the session as the cars flood out onto the circuit.


We're underway again here. Red Bull, Mercedes and Lotus all tried out the super soft compound tyres in the morning, meaning they have a scrubbed set for the afternoon. But Ferrari and McLaren still have a new set of the super soft compound.


It’s also good news for Heikki Kovalainen after his big smash in FP1. Caterham have tweeted: "Been watching the boys fixing Heikki's car. It's just been fired up and should be ready for him to have a few laps in FP2. Incredible job."


Having been forced to sit out a large chunk of FP1, it’s good news for Jenson Button, whose oil leak has now been fixed.


Hello and welcome back to our LIVE coverage of the second session of free practice for the Canadian Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton was quickest after FP1 and rain is forecast for the afternoon, meaning his mark could stay.