Max P13 in Canada FP2: 'We are competitive in the long runs'

Published on 08 June 2019 by Stefan Meens

After fourth place in the opening practice session of the Canadian Grand Prix, Max Verstappen managed only P13 in the second Friday session. The Dutchman brushed the ‘Wall of Champions’ on his flying lap resulting in the Dutchman having to abort his timed effort and was unable to set a competitive time. Charles Leclerc was quickest ahead of Ferrari team mate Sebastian Vettel. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) completed the top three.

After free practice, Max explained his compromised FP2: “I’m not sure what happened. Pierre Gasly was in front of me. He was told to speed up. I suffered understeer behind Pierre and I hit the wall. Nothing I can do about it now but it’s obviously a shame because we lost some time.”

Nevertheless, Max is positive about his RB15’s pace. “In normal circumstances we could’ve fought for fourth place. The balance is OK, but we’ll have to find some more grip. The track was still slippery and dusty, which doesn’t work in our favour. I’ve had to use four or five tear-offs; normally I don’t use any!”

Max concluded: “We are competitive in the long runs but we still have work to do and do some fine tuning. Apart from that, it’s not too bad.”

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Results second free practice Canada:

1Charles LeclercLECFerrari1:12.177 39
2Sebastian VettelVETFerrari1:12.251+0.074s38
3Valtteri BottasBOTMercedes1:12.311+0.134s46
4Carlos SainzSAIMcLaren Renault1:12.553+0.376s45
5Kevin MagnussenMAGHaas Ferrari1:12.935+0.758s41
6Lewis HamiltonHAMMercedes1:12.938+0.761s8
7Sergio PerezPERRacing Point BWT Mercedes1:13.003+0.826s39
8Daniel RicciardoRICRenault1:13.016+0.839s40
9Nico HulkenbergHULRenault1:13.168+0.991s42
10Lance StrollSTRRacing Point BWT Mercedes1:13.171+0.994s37
11Lando NorrisNORMcLaren Renault1:13.249+1.072s38
12Pierre GaslyGASRed Bull Racing Honda1:13.345+1.168s38
13Max VerstappenVERRed Bull Racing Honda1:13.388+1.211s22
14Alexander AlbonALBScuderia Toro Rosso Honda1:13.436+1.259s45
15Daniil KvyatKVYScuderia Toro Rosso Honda1:13.521+1.344s40
16Kimi RäikkönenRAIAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:13.542+1.365s41
17Romain GrosjeanGROHaas Ferrari1:13.598+1.421s39
18Antonio GiovinazziGIOAlfa Romeo Racing Ferrari1:14.870+2.693s16
19George RussellRUSWilliams Mercedes1:15.036+2.859s36
20Nicholas LatifiLATWilliams Mercedes1:16.199+3.432s33
20Robert KubicaKUBWilliams Mercedes1:15.287+3.110s44