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GP Week : Issue 203
QUALIFYING FORMuLA 1 Round 7 CANADIAN GP – Qualifying POS # DRIvER TEAM Q1 Q2 Q3 LAPS 1 6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:16.471 1:15.289 1:14.874 19 2 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:15.750 1:15.054 1:14.953 20 3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:17.470 1:16.109 1:15.548 18 4 77 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1:16.772 1:15.806 1:15.550 21 5 19 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1:16.666 1:15.773 1:15.578 21 6 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:17.113 1:15.897 1:15.589 20 7 14 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:17.010 1:16.131 1:15.814 17 8 25 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Renault 1:17.178 1:16.255 1:16.162 24 9 22 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.631 1:16.214 1:16.182 20 10 7 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:17.013 1:16.245 1:16.214 17 11 27 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:16.897 1:16.300 21 12 20 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.446 1:16.310 15 13 11 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1:18.235 1:16.472 19 14 8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:17.732 1:16.687 19 15 26 Daniil Kvyat STR-Renault 1:16.938 1:16.713 19 16 99 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1:17.519 1:17.314 16 17 13 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1:18.328 10 18 4 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1:18.348 6 19 17 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1:18.359 5 20 10 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1:19.278 8 21 9 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1:19.820 10 NQ 21 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari Gutierrez given permission to start by the stewards after not taking part in Qualifying It was less than a tenth, and possibly due to a small error from his in-team rival, but Nico Rosberg laid down his marker for the weekend in taking pole by under a tenth of a second. Aftre the bruising personality clash in Monaco, Lewis was circumspect: “Nico did a fantastic lap but it wasn't the greatest qualifying session for me because I went wide a couple of times on my lap, in turns six and eight. It was very close, with just eight-hundredths of a second in it, but Nico did the better job this afternoon.” For his part, Nico understood the importance of that single grid spot at a place like Montreal: “It's been a great weekend so far and I'm really pleased with how I have been able to improve my set-up from session to session. Even before Qualifying we made some quite big changes and they worked out perfectly. So I am very happy with starting from pole tomorrow. That was very important as there aren't many opportunities to overtake here, particularly if you are in the same car. I think it will be a battle between the two of us out there tomorrow as the gap to the other cars was quite big in qualifying today and also on our long runs on Friday were strong.” With their power deficiency, Red Bull weren’t expected to clearly be best-of-the-rest, but in fact both RBs joined a pair of Williamses in a 3-7 qualifying group covered by less than five- hundredths – in reality, nothing – albeit six-tenths behind the Silver Arrows. On this occasion, defending world champion Sebastian Vettel was the one who put it together best, earning his best start for some time: “The start of the last lap wasn’t great. I still didn’t manage to get that first sector right, I didn’t get along with the first two corners very well today. But, after that I tried to take more risk and it worked, so sector two was very good through the two chicanes, especially through the second one; I found a significantly better line and more time compared to previous runs. I then kept it together until the end, so a very good result. It was the maximum Rosberg makes a statement 26 GPWEEK.com // 26 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> CANADA PARTNERS: