Alonso Paces Canadian GP Practice

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MONTREAL – A rain storm made the pecking order unclear during the first Formula One World Championship practice Friday at Circuit Gilles Villeneue, but a clear afternoon session made the pecking order much clearer.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso narrowly headed the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton, with just 0.012s separating them during Friday’s second practice session.

The 90-minute session was run throughout on a dry track after this morning’s wet-dry conditions. The driver on the top of the charts changed multiple times, but it was Alonso that ended the afternoon session on top.

Alonso’s best lap was 1:14.818, with Hamilton the closest behind him at 1:14.830. Behind them, Romain Grosjean bounced into third place for Lotus ahead of Mark Webber, Nico Rosberg, Felipe Massa, Sebastian Vettel and Adrian Sutil Force India.

In the wet-dry morning session Force India’s Paul di Resta was the surprise pacesetter. Rain in the morning left Circuit Gilles Villeneuve wet enough for Pirelli’s intermediate tires right up until the closing minutes.

Several drivers set the pace as the track evolved, until right at the end Di Resta was the quickest man to switch to the medium slicks to post 1:21.020.