F1 – Canadian GP – Qualifying
Hello MiniFans and welcome back in Montreal for the seventh round of the season! The groundhogs are ready to get on track, as well as the drivers! The times of Mercedes and Ferrari seem to be close together, but who will take the pole? Let’s find out!
Q1 was a battle between Mercedes and Ferrari. No one expected Ferrari to top the charts after their mediocre performance on Friday. We were given the hope that they still would be faster than expected. Raikkonen can’t really find his pace around Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, while Toro Rosso and McLaren did a great job and ended up in the top ten. The time between Vettel, who ended up on P1, and Stroll on P18 was only one second! We went to Q2 without Perez, Raikkonen, Stroll, Russell and Kubica.
Hulkenberg surprised us all with a fourth time in Q2, while Verstappen couldn’t find grip on track and ended up in the elimination zone. Now, it was the other way around at the top! It was Mercedes on P1 and 2, followed by Vettel and Gasly. The session was stopped by a big crash of Magnussen on the start/finish straight. He went too fast through the last corner, kissed the Wall of Champions with this rear right tyre and was catapulted to the other side of the track. Lucky enough, he could get out of the car without a scratch.
This incident, however, caused a red flag during the last seconds of the session. This way, Verstappen, Kvyat, Giovinazzi, Albon and Grosjean were already out of qualifying! That promises for tomorrow with the ambitious Dutchman starting from P11!
Bottas made a mistake in Sector 1 and spun, causing a yellow flag. He went back to the pits with six minutes to go and no time set. Renault is surprisingly very strong and consistent here in Canada. Halfway through Q3, we saw Hamilton on pole position with both Ferrari’s behind him, followed by Hulkenberg. But Vettel beat Hamilton’s time unexpectedly right at the end of qualifying and of course that couldn’t be celebrated without a happy ditty by the German!
Sebastian Vettel took pole position in Canada, with Hamilton starting from P2 and Leclerc starting from P3. Ricciardo starts completes the second row, followed by Gasly, Bottas, Hulkenberg, Norris, Sainz and Magnussen. The grid is a bit shaken up compared to earlier on in this season, but this will hopefully give us an exciting race tomorrow!