The 2022 Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal on Sunday, June 19. Leclerc hit with 10-place F1 grid penalty for Canadian GP
Esteban Ocon’s first lap on the softs brought the best time down to a 1m16.842s a few moments after the Aston pair had come through, just before Verstappen’s opening effort – the Red Bull using the mediums as did most of the field at this stage – put him quickest on a 1m15.618s.
Mercedes experimented with floor in Canada as Hamilton finished more than a second behind Max Verstappen in second practice session; watch Practice Three live on Sky Sports F1 at 6pm on Saturday, with Qualifying from 9pm
Lewis Hamilton described his car as "a disaster" as he conceded Mercedes were unlikely to make any improvements to their early-season performance for the rest of the year.
The concern leading into Friday's two practice sessions in Montreal was Leclerc would have to use a fourth turbocharger, which would take him beyond the three permitted for the season under the regulations.
1 Max Verstappen Red Bull 1:14.127
2 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 0.081s
3 Carlos Sainz Ferrari 0.225s
4 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin 0.315s
5 Fernando Alonso Alpine 0.416s
6 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri 0.752s
7 George Russell Mercedes 0.844s
8 Lando Norris McLaren 0.860s
9 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren 0.906s
10 Esteban Ocon Alpine 0.992s
11 Sergio Perez Red Bull 1.040s
12 Lance Stroll Aston Martin 1.269s
13 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1.294s
14 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1.372s
15 Mick Schumacher Haas 1.389s 34
16 Guanyu Zhou Alfa Romeo 1.399s
17 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri 1.440s
18 Alex Albon Williams 2.044s
19 Nicholas Latifi Williams 2.382s
20 Valtteri Bottas Alfa Romeo No time
However he is resigned to not being able to make significant improvements with the W13. “I think this is the car for the year, so we just have to tough it out and work hard on building a better car for next year.”
Before conducting his post-session interview in the TV pen, Hamilton was heard muttering “this car is so bad” in front of the cameras.
Canadian Grand Prix: Red Bull dominate in Montreal as Lewis Hamilton struggles with Mercedes
But following the conclusion of FP2, a second document from the FIA confirmed that Leclerc had taken another new control electronics, his third of the year.