Verstappen dominated free practice at the Canadian GP: he was supported by the Ferraris and 'Checo' suffered

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen dominated free practice this Friday at the Formula 1 Canadian GP.

the Dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull), leader of the Formula 1 World Championship, which had already played the first, was again the fastest this Friday during the second free practice of the Grand Prix of Canada, the ninth of the World Cup; which takes place on the Gilles Villeneuve circuit in Montreal, where he entered the clock just ahead of the two Ferraris, the Monegasque Charles Leclerc and the Spaniard Carlos Sainz.

In the best of his 32 laps -one more than the two Ferraris gave-, Verstappen covered the 4,316 meters of the Canadian track in one minute, 14 seconds and 127 thousandths, only 81 less than Leclerc; and with an advantage of 225 over Sainzwhich marked the third time of the session, like the previous ones, with the soft rubber tyre.

A test in which the other Spaniard, the double Asturian world champion Fernando Alonso (Alpine), signed the fifth time trial; and the Mexican Sergio Pรฉrez (Red Bull) – second in the World Cup, 21 points behind his Dutch teammate -, eleventh.

Alonso, who repeated 24 times the track on which in 2006 – the year in which he revalidated the title – won one of his 32 victories in F1, set the fifth time of the session: 416 thousandths behind the leader of the championship and a tenth of the time of the four-time German world champion Sebastian Vettel (Aston Martin), who registered fourth in the time table this Friday.

Everyone achieved their best time before simulating the race in long runs, in a session which, threatened at the end by rain that did not fall during it, ended in 25 degrees Celsius in the environment and 35 on asphalt.

‘Checo’, who finished second in Azerbaijan last Sunday, scored his twentieth F1 podium and, with Mad Max’, completed Red Bull’s third ‘double’ of the year, set the eleventh fastest time in the second session -in which the best moments of the day have been reached-, after finishing fourth in the first training session.

In a session in which everyone took risks, but in which, except for a few “walks” and a few crusades, no notable incidents were recorded, the brave pilot from Guadalajara repeated 28 times the beautiful track built on the artificial island of Our Lady, which bathes the San Lorenzo river; and on his fastest lap he was one and 40 hundredths behind his Dutch teammate.

The third free practice will take place this Saturday, a few hours before qualifying, which will order the start of Sunday’s race: scheduled for 70 laps, to complete a course of 305.2 kilometers.

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