Hamilton and Rosberg in the front row in Montreal
On the dry Gilles Villeneuve circuit and sunny weather, drivers really enjoyed qualifying session in Montreal. It’s better to say that almost every driver enjoyed because Sebastian Vettel had a problem early after the start and stayed stuck in the Ferrari garage two minutes before the end and failed to go into the Q2.
Another who was disappointed was Jenson Button as he was forced to miss qualifying after his McLaren developed an ERS-related fault in Saturday morning’s final practice session. The British driver stopped his machine at the side of the track in the final minutes of FP3, and though it was recovered quickly to the pits, McLaren confirmed that they are unable to fix it in time.
In the first round, Hamilton and Rosberg were in the session of their own so they went to the pit early. Romain Grosjean used that to set fastest lap in Q1 – 1:15.833 which was 0.6 seconds better than Rosberg’s time. Together with Vettel and Button, out of the second round were Felipe Massa, Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi.
Mercedes pair was absolutely dominant during Q2. Hamilton and Rosberg never were challenged with the others almost one second behind so they could chill out in the garage early before the end of the session. Briton was the fastest with 1:14.661, just 0.12 better than Rosberg.
Eliminated for the Q3 were Sauber’s pair Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericcson, Fernando Alonso and both Toro Rosso cars with Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen, but this session wasn’t so important for the young Dutchman as he must serve 15 place grid penalty.
In the last third of the qualifying session Kimi Raikkonen set early pace with 1:15.126, but soon he was easily surpassed by Hamilton and Rosberg. Reigning champion won pole position with 1:14.393, Rosberg finished second with 1:14.702 and third was Raikkonen with 1:15. 014.
Valtteri Bottas had fourth best result, while both Lotus cars with Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado will start from the third row after very strong performances. Fourth starting row will be occupied by Nico Hulkenberg and Daniil Kvyat, while from the fifth row will start Daniel Ricciardo with Sergio Perez.