Hamilton fastest before crashing in wet Canada FP2 (VIDEO)

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Lewis Hamilton endured a mixed second practice session for the Canadian Grand Prix on Friday afternoon, finishing as the fastest driver but without an intact car after crashing in wet conditions.

The Briton set the pace with a fastest lap of 1:15.988 for Mercedes in a dry early part of the session on the super-soft tire, but ended the day in the wall at the hairpin.

With rain forecast for later in the session, all of the teams opted to run a shortened FP2 programme in the first half an hour with a series of quick laps and heavier fuelled runs on both tire compounds.

After topping FP1 earlier in the day, Hamilton remained the man to beat in FP2 by finishing ahead of Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, with Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg half a second back in fourth place.

When the showers did hit the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, most of the teams opted to end their running and pit, given that the rest of the weekend is set to be dry and there was little to learn.

However, Mercedes bucked the trend by sending both Hamilton and Rosberg out on the intermediate tire in the wet conditions, only for the Briton to aquaplane into the wall at the hairpin.

A red flag was issued whilst Hamilton’s car was recovered, but even when the track was declared green again, none of the teams dared to make a similar mistake and spin off in the wet conditions.

Lotus once again enjoyed a strong session as Pastor Maldonado and Romain Grosjean finished in fifth and seventh place respectively. Williams’ Valtteri Bottas split the pair in sixth place, whilst his teammate Felipe Massa finished eighth. Red Bull drivers Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo rounded out the top ten in P9 and P10 respectively.

The drivers will head back out on track for FP3 on Saturday morning ahead of qualifying later in the day. You can watch all of the sessions live this weekend, with full broadcasting information available here.