Canadian Grand Prix | Hamilton on top in Qualifying as Rosberg misses out on pole

Pole at the Canadian Grand Prix secured by Lewis Hamilton.

A provisional lap strong enough to beat Rosberg left Hamilton atop the qualifying timesheet for the Canadian Grand Prix. Making it the fourth pole of the year for the reigning champion as Nico rues a late lock up.

It may be his fourth pole of the year, but today’s pole for Hamilton comes at a track he had four previous poles and four wins to his name at before. He now will begin the seventh round of the 2016 Formula One season from pole, the 53rd time he has started a Grand Prix from that position.

Q1

The first stage of qualifying at the Canadian Grand Prix saw Ferrari and Mercedes dart out the pit lane from the off with the ultrasoft tyres. With teams needing space for a flyer but an extra lap to generate tyre temps, Vettel was eager to edge Hamilton to find the space. But Lewis remained ahead on track as their flying laps began.

Initial flyers from the pair saw Hamilton edge his name atop the timesheet. But Lewis would soon be pushed down as Vettel and then Rosberg both lowered the benchmark.

As the session continued and more times were posted, Bottas and Hulkenberg joined the top order with early laps pushing the pair into the top three.

When Hulkenberg and Bottas put in their early laps, Red Bull had yet to run with either driver. However later laps ensured the team had both cars high in the order.

Renault in comparison where facing a different day with Kevin Magnussen unable to run in qualifying while Palmer say behind the Sauber’s and the Manor of Wehrlein. For Magnussen, his qualifying session was ruled out after the Dane crashed during final practice as mixed track conditions led to Magnussen losing the rear before finding the wall at turn 7 with the left hand side of the car.

More laps on the board for Palmer saw the Briton edge higher on the leaderboard. However P17 was the highest he could manage before the end of the session. Missing out on Q2 by one hundredth of a second to Grosjean.

Jolyon may have been able to find time late into the session to relegate to Haas and promote himself into the second stage of qualifying, but as the final minute approached Haryanto was parking his Manor. Rio initially made contact with the wall at turn four after losing control, smashing the wheel and sending him into a spin. Haryanto attempted to continue but was forced to park up.

Q2

Between Q1 and Q2, a light fluttering of rain fell over the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve but had cleared in time for the start of Q2 as a fluttering of cars exited the pits.

Among the early runners was Daniil Kvyat as he led the early stages. His Toro Rosso team-mate on the other hand brought out a red flag after clipping the wall of champions.

Carlos had entered the final chicane with a fine line, but just kissed the wall on exit. The impact to his rear-right then flicked the front into the wall, which dragged him down the pit straight and out of the session.

Once the session was back under green flags, Williams were among the teams to return to the track. Prior to the Toro Rosso’s crash Williams were yet to send their drivers out, while their first flying laps saw Bottas go top with a 1:14.156 before Massa edged his team-mate by two hundredths.

Hamilton though demoted his fellow Mercedes powered drivers as he leapt to p1, a second clear of Massa, before Rosberg tucked in behind by one tenth of a second. Hamilton’s lap was already six tenths up through the first two sectors before Lewis stretched his advantage down the long straight.

At the other end of the table, Haas and McLaren had both cars in the drop zone as the end of the session approached. Both McLaren drivers though were improving late on with Button edging Alonso through the first two sectors. But by the end of the lap, Alonso edged himself into the top 10 as Button locked up at the hairpin and lost time.

Hulkenberg joined Alonso in securing a top-10 place after the chequered flag fell, as he demoted his Mexican team-mate as the last man to cross the line. The gap between Alonso and Perez though was a minuscule five hundredths of a second in the Spaniard’s favour.

Q3

The 12 minutes of Q3 began with Monaco’s pole sitter leading the pack out of the pits. An initial 1:22.859 was enough for Ricciardo to top the timesheet after the first set of times were notched, although the initial laps were taken as extra warm up laps with teams continuing to struggle to generate heat in their tyres.

Next time round, Hamilton took the early advantage by securing provisional pole. Hamilton’s 1:12.812 left Rosberg six hundredths of a second back, while Verstappen acting as the best of the rest sat six tenths of a second back.

Fourth placed Vettel, after topping the final practice session, was pushing hard to close the gap to Mercedes in Q3. With the German brushing the wall, rubbing the branding off the tyre but the contact was light enough not to damage the car.

Later laps saw Vettel close to within a tenth of Hamilton through the first sector before dropping a tenth through the second. The final sector also saw Vettel lose time to Hamilton, before ending the lap 0.178 seconds down for third.

Raikkonen had moved to sixth previously in the session, with the second Ferrari driver just under 8 tenths off Hamilton’s benchmark and unable to improve as others did.

Ricciardo and Verstappen were two who found slight gains late on as the chequered flag fell. But for Verstappen, he could not out-qualify his team-mate as Ricciardo moved fourth fastest despite kissing the wall of champions with the rear of his Red Bull.

As for Hamilton and Rosberg, their second runs saw no gains found with Hamilton unable to beat his own benchmark as Rosberg locked up at turn one. Nico’s lock up left the German scrubbing speed as he missed the corner and ultimately the chance to battle for pole, with Hamilton adding pole in Canada to his Monaco win.

Pos Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:14.121 1:13.076 1:12.812
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:13.714 1:13.094 1:12.874
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:13.925 1:13.857 1:12.990
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1:14.030 1:13.540 1:13.166
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 1:14.601 1:13.793 1:13.414
6 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:14.477 1:13.849 1:13.579
7 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:14.389 1:13.791 1:13.670
8 Felipe Massa Williams 1:14.815 1:13.864 1:13.769
9 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:14.663 1:14.166 1:13.952
10 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:15.026 1:14.260 1:14.338
11 Sergio Perez Force India 1:14.814 1:14.317
12 Jenson Button McLaren 1:14.755 1:14.437
13 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1:14.829 1:14.457
14 Esteban Gutierrez Haas F1 Team 1:15.148 1:14.571
15 Romain Grosjean Haas F1 Team 1:15.444 1:14.803
16 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso 1:14.714 1:21.956
17 Jolyon Palmer Renault F1 Team 1:15.459
18 Pascal Wehrlein Manor Racing 1:15.599
19 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:15.635
20 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:16.663
21 Rio Haryanto Manor Racing 1:17.052