A somewhat clearer picture of the pecking order emerged during the second free practice session in Canada when Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso managed to stay ahead of Lewis Hamilton, with just 0.012s gap between the two them.

The one and half hour session was run throughout a dry track after this morning’s wet-dry conditions, with Kimi Raikkonen initially leading the way for Lotus, followed by Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg.

If in the morning session Paul di Resta was the fastest man on track for Force India the things were a little more complicated this time around and no less than six drivers were able to set fastest times until everyone focused on the long run pace leaving Fernando Alonso at the top of the time sheet with 1:14.818s.

The Ferrari driver was closely followed by Lewis Hamilton for Mercedes and Romain Grosjean for Lotus while the top five was closed by Mark Webber on P4 for Red Bull and the Monaco GP winner Nico Rosberg stationed on P5 for Mercedes.

01.Spain Fernando AlonsoScuderia Ferrari1:14.81848
02.United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas1:14.83045
03.France Romain GrosjeanLotus F11:15.08340
04.Australia Mark WebberRed Bull Racing1:15.21246
05.Deutschland Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG Petronas1:15.24946
06.Brazil Felipe MassaLotus F11:15.25443
07.Deutschland Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing1:15.28041
08.Deutschland Adrian SutilSahara Force India1:15.39643
09.United Kingdom Jenson ButtonVodafone McLaren Mercedes1:15.42229
10.Australia Daniel RicciardoScuderia Toro Rosso1:15.56638
11.Finland Kimi RaikkonenLotus F11:15.59935
12.Mexico Sergio PerezVodafone McLaren Mercedes1:15.66139
13.United Kingdom Paul di RestaSahara Force India1:15.85522
14.Venezuela Pastor MaldonadoWilliams F11:16.31946
15.France Jean-Eric VergneScuderia Toro Rosso1:16.35138
16.Finland Valtteri BottasWilliams F11:16.37440
17.Mexico Esteban GutiérrezSauber F11:16.47545
18.Deutschland Nico HulkenbergSauber F11:16.92935
19. France Jules BianchiMarussia F11:17.07041
20.France Charles PicCaterham F1 Team1:17.23635
21. United Kingdom Max ChiltonMarussia F11:17.88845
22.Holland Giedo van der GardeCaterham F1 Team1:18.39239