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Vettel tops Friday practice

Sebastian Vettel posts the quickest time of Friday practice in Montreal
Sebastian Vettel ensured Red Bull Racing enjoyed the ideal start to the Canadian Grand Prix weekend by setting the pace in the second free practice session in Montreal.

Eager to put what happened in Istanbul firmly in the past, the German posted a quickest time of 1min 16.877secs during the session, which was more than a second quicker than McLaren's Jenson Button had managed in the first session of the weekend.

Vettel's fastest lap was good enough to edge out Fernando Alonso by just 0.086secs with Nico Rosberg two-tenths of a second further back in third place.

Having been off the pace in 14th place in the opening session of the day, Mark Webber was closer to the pace in the second Red Bull to end up with the fourth quickest time with Felipe Massa and Adrian Sutil rounding out the top six. FP1 pace setter Button was eleventh.

While the session was devoid of major drama, there were a number of issues with tyre wear, with drivers reporting problems with grip after short stints on the softer Bridgestone tyres.

As a result, lap times on the softer tyres were noticeably slower and teams will now face a dilemma on strategy for the race itself on Sunday.

While the majority of drivers were able to complete plenty of meaningful running, Lotus driver Jarno Trulli was restricted to just eleven laps due to an issue with his gearbox. Team-mate Heikki Kovalainen was again quickest of the newcomers ahead of Hispania pairing Karun Chandhok and Bruno Senna.

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Chip - Unregistered

June 12, 2010 12:38 PM

I don't know how the couch potato specialists came to the conclusion that Vettel is overrated. Yep...hamilton is also overrated because he couldn't pass Sutil. "He can't overtake" and that's based on what? Didn't he pass half of the pack including Hamilton back in Brazil 2008, with the inferior Torro Rosso? How about Brazil 2009? Don't hate him just because he's faster then you're fave.

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