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Lewis Hamilton maintained his place at the top of the timesheets during a weather-affected FP2 for the Canadian Grand Prix, despite ending his day in the barriers after an erroneous decision to head out on track during torrential rain.

With stormy skies edging over the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve as the session got underway, the drivers managed around 35mins of dry running before the heavens opened to bring the much expected rain, which quickly became torrential.

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During this time, teams got straight to work with the super-soft Pirelli rubber, with Hamilton - who also spun before topping FP1 - shrugging off a trip over the kerbs at the final corner to turn in a 1min 15.988secs lap, three tenths faster than second place Sebastian Vettel.

However, Hamilton's eventful day would come to a bizarre conclusion when he and Nico Rosberg ventured back onto track as the rain was at its heaviest. Indeed, though the defending champion attempted to tip-toe around the track, he proceeded to lock up into the hairpin and aquaplane nose-first into the barriers.

Though a low speed impact, it was a somewhat embarrassing conclusion to a fairly error-strewn day for the Mercedes driver, albeit one that would nonetheless see him prove comfortably fastest throughout.

In the dry, Ferrari were closer to Mercedes than during FP1, with Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen closely-matched in second and third respectively, as well as ahead of Nico Rosberg, the title chaser almost half a second adrift of his team-mate.

Following its strong turn in FP1, Lotus was once again in fine form in FP2, Pastor Maldonado leading the team's charge in fifth place this time, with Romain Grosjean in seventh, the pair surrounded by the Williams' of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa in sixth and eighth.

Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo rounded out the top ten for Red Bull, with Nico Hulkenberg - fourth fastest in FP1 - slipping to 11th place in the Force India, ahead of Marcus Ericsson and Carlos Sainz. McLaren's Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button were 15th and 18th fastest respectively.