F1 Canada, Verstappen faster than Ferraris in FP2.  Engine unknown for Leclerc

The Red Bull Dutchman dominates free practice in Montreal in front of the reds, with the Monegasque who may have to change the whole engine, entering into penalties. Rainy weather forecast for qualifying Saturday (10pm Italian time)

– Montreal (Canada)

A Red Bull and a Max Verstappen in great shape, a Ferrari that exists despite Charles Leclerc’s engine puzzle, and a weather dancer. These are just some of the protagonists of the second free practice session of the Canadian GP, ​​ninth round of the 2022 World Cup. The Dutch Red Bull finished with the best time of the day in 1’14 “127, ahead of Ferrari by only 81 thousandths. of Leclerc, in turn faster than his teammate Carlos Sainz, trailing by 2 tenths and struggling with the annoying hopping of his F1-75.

doubt ferrari

Fourth Sebastian Vettel with Aston Martin ahead of Alonso (Alpine), Gasly (AlphaTauri) and Russell (Mercedes). Then the McLarens of Norris and Ricciardo. Ferrari confirmed the speed, but the unknown linked to Leclerc’s engine still remains. For now, the Monegasque has only changed the endothermic unit that broke in Baku, but not the fourth turbo that would put him in penalty. However, it is not certain that for tomorrow and Sunday Mattia Binotto and his men will not decide to change the whole engine, even counting on the fact that overtaking will be possible on this track.

uncertain weather

Another unknown factor is linked to bad weather, with the rain that promises to be constant throughout the day tomorrow. It is therefore likely that Saturday’s qualifying will award pole position on a wet track. Fourth time for Sebastian Vettel’s Aston Martin, then there is Fernando Alonso’s Alpine. Then the AlphaTauri of Pierre Gasly, the Mercedes of George Russell and the two McLarens of Norris and Ricciardo. Reliability difficulties for Valtteri Bottas’ Alfa Romeo who practically skipped the session with only 3 laps and zero timed times on the scoresheet.

the first session

In the first session the fastest was Verstappen in front of Sainz’s red and Alonso’s Alpine. Then to follow Perez and Leclerc. Sixth Russell, then Stroll and Hamilton. Tomorrow at 22 Italian the qualifying for the ninth round of the season to define the starting grid.

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