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Canadian GP – Qualifying Review

Canadian GP – Qualifying: Vettel Sweeps Pole
By Armaan Ebrahim

A scintillating qualifying was on cards here at Montreal. After the high on drama Monaco GP, Montreal proved to be a perfect foil, with track conditions going from wet to dry and back to wet at alarming speed, reserving a stern qualifying test for all the drivers. The changing conditions forced the teams to stick with intermediate tyres to maximize the grip off the track surface. The qualifying session saw another red flag in succession after the previous GP, as proceedings were halted with just about 2 minutes remaining in Q2, following the collision of Massa’s Ferrari with the safety barrier. The red flag caused stir amongst all the drivers, as the time permitted only one lap, which saw a scramble to reach the start of pit lane to beat the chequered flag when the qualifying resumed.

Red Bull

Sebastian Vettel – P1

Mark Webber – P5

The current world champion put in an amazing shift along with his teammate Mark Webber, for Redbull as he grabbed the pole position. His teammate looked poised for a better qualifying setting one of the top timings in Q2, but fell wayward in Q3, as track conditions deteriorated. Vettel showed amazing skills, as he took full advantage of the track when at its best, and set the fastest time, which became increasingly difficult for the others to match especially as the last sector of the track become wet and increasingly difficult to speed on. Vettel would look to take the monkey on his back of not winning in Montreal, and stamp his authority on the season, of which he looks highly likely.


Lewis Hamilton – P2

Nico Roseberg – P4

Canadian GP qualifying brought to end an amazing run of qualifying for the German team Mercedes and the driver Nico Roseberg, as they conceded the pole to Red Bull. The former world champion, Lewis Hamilton, however looked ominous from the start and looked like setting the pace through the Q2. With his last lap in Q3, Hamilton was much faster than Vettel going in to the final two sectors, and looked set to upstage his for the pole, but lost out on the wet final sector, which proved toughest to negotiate for all the drivers. However, both Hamilton and Nico will still look to push on take an early lead during the race as Mercedes will look to win their second race in a row.


Valtteri Boltas - P3

Pastor Maldonado - P13

An inspiring performance by the Williams driver Valtteri Boltas, who took advantage of the rapidly changing track conditions to outwit both Ferraris and Lotus, and start P3 on the grid. In what can only be termed as sensational, this is Williams first top 10 start of the season, and they will be hoping to change that into points during the race tomorrow, with Boltas leading their charge.


Fernando Alonso – P6

Filipe Massa – P16

Another big casualty of the testing wet conditions in Montreal was the Ferrari driver – Filipe Massa. For a second race in row, Massa failed to control his car on the wet track and skidded off colliding with the set of safety tyres. However the damage to the car looks minimal and Massa will hope to atone for his past two mistakes during the race. His teammate, Alonso, also struggled with the track conditions, losing pace in the last sector, which was the wettest, but still hung on to start P6 on the grid. Tenacious Alonso will still eye the top spot to close the gap with runaway leader Vettel, especially since his rival has a pole for this race.


Kimi Raikkonen – P9

Romain Grosjean – P 19

Kimi looked off the pace in qualifying as he struggled to come to terms with the increasingly deteriorating conditions. Faced a stern test in qualifying being outpaced by Sutil, but he never looked like posing a challenge for the pole and will start P9. Grosjean’s disappointing season continued, as he failed to even get past Q1, and will be a part of the bottom most packs of drivers. The team’s hope will be with Kimi, as he has shown time and again that he can never be counted out as a threat. With both their drivers being penalized, Lotus will in all probabilities start from the Pits for Grosjean, while will hope for a good showing from Kimi.

STR- Ferrari

Jean Eric Vergne – P7

Daniel Ricciardo – P10

STR Ferrari team put in an amazing shift in the difficult conditions as both their drivers held onto a place in Top 10 for the race. Continuing his improved performance from last GP, Jean Eric Vergne went one better with a wonderfully marshaled P7, while his teammate Ricciardo held onto the P10. However, the team will be disappointed with a two place grid penalty faced by Ricciardo, but still hope to take further their improved performance this season.

Sahara Force India

Adrian Sutil – P8

Paul Di Resta – P17

Adrian Sutil started off shaky in Q1 & Q2, did not look like qualifying for Q3, but came back strongly during the latter stages to clinch a top ten start with a P8. Struggling for grip in the wet conditions in Montreal, Paul Di Resta bowed out in the Q1 for the second race in row, as his car suffered a breakdown, for the second time in as many races. However still, considering the strong performance of the car this season, both, the team and the drivers, will be pushing for a good finish. Exciting race in the offing, especially with unpredictable weather conditions forecast for the race day. Lets wait & watch who masters the conditions best.

Germany GP

31st July 2016

  • Driver Team Time/Lag
  • Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:30:44.200
  • Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing + 6.996s
  • Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing + 13.413s
  • Nico Rosberg Mercedes + 15.845s
  • Sebastian Vettel Ferrari + 32.750s
  • Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari + 37.273s
  • Nico Hulkenberg Force India + 70.049
  • Jenson Button McLaren + 1 lap
  • Valtteri Bottas Williams + 1 lap
  • Sergio Perez Force India + 1 lap

Belgian GP

26th - 28thAug 2016

  • Practice 1 Fri 26th Aug 2016

  • Practice 2 Fri 26th Aug 2016

  • Practice 3 Sat 27th Aug 2016

  • Qualifying Sat 27th Aug 2016

  • Race Sun 28th Aug 2016


Formula One World Championship 2016

  • Driver Points Team
  • Lewis Hamilton 217 Mercedes
  • Nico Rosberg 198 Mercedes
  • Daniel Ricciardo 133 Red Bull Racing
  • Kimi Räikkönen 122 Ferrari
  • Sebastian Vettel 120 Ferrari
  • Max Verstappen 115 Red Bull Racing
  • Valtteri Bottas 58 Williams Mercedes
  • Sergio Perez 48 Force India Mercedes
  • Felipe Massa 38 Williams Mercedes
  • Nico Hulkenberg 33 Force India Mercedes