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GP Week : Issue 203
QUALIFYING we could do.” Daniel Ricciardo was, for once, not totally happy with his crucial Q3 second run: “It was a bit scrappy on the final run, we made a couple of adjustments and it didn’t quite work out - but that’s hindsight! We were close to third, but not close enough and we paid a bit of a price by being sixth. We’ve made progress throughout the weekend and we were not too far off, but it’s disappointing to just miss out. The times were close, but it could have been better. Hopefully we can get a good start tomorrow and see how we go, the strategy will be interesting.” Splitting them were the Williams pair, with Rob Smedley pretty happy with the outcome – almost: “I'm pleased. The guys have done a really good job to get tyre warm-up turned around and make sure the drivers were comfortable in the first sector. I'm pleased with the set-up and the balance, the engineers and drivers have done a great job. There's just a small bitter taste in my mouth that we're not third and fourth, but that's just my personal competitive spirit. It was a good job by the team and the drivers today and now we need to convert this into lots of points tomorrow.” Despite bringing a number of updates to Canada, the news wasn’t significantly better for Ferrari, although both made it to Q3. Fernando, seventh, summed it up: "The result of qualifying reflects the trend we have seen since the start of the season. As often happens, even if on Friday we are front runners, on Saturday we struggle a bit more. The development package we have brought here in Canada has worked well, the car has improved and I am pleased about that, even if at the moment we are unable to extract all the potential out of the car. “I think tomorrow's race will not be easy, as it is hard to overtake at the start here, because there is not enough room through the first two corners. We will also have to do a good job of managing tyre degradation and of choosing the right number of stops.” The surprise top ten runner this week turned out to be Jean- Eric Vergne. Despite losing track tijme on Friday, JEV put it together well to make Q3 and qualify eighth, ahead of Jenson Button, who as usual was frank about McLaren’s position: “We’d been trying to adjust the balance all through the weekend, but we really struggled in free practice this morning. Still, it’s a positive that the changes we made for qualifying were a clear step for ward. “My fastest time in Q3 was almost good enough for eighth – I lost out by just two-hundredths - but ninth is probably better in terms of starting position on the grid, because it’ll be on the clean side. “Looking ahead to tomorrow, it’s going to be hard to read the tyres’ behaviour in these very hot conditions. They’re very easy to grain, so if you can look after them throughout a stint, it could make a big difference in the race.” FORMULA 1TM GRAND PRIX DU CANADA 2014 70 LAPS ROUND 7/19 << Last Race – Monaco Two Weeks Ago 1 Next Race – Austria >> Two Weeks’ Time FORMULA 1TM GRAND PRIX DU CANADA 2014 QUALIFYING CLASSIFICATION 1 – Having never qualified in the top-3 in Montreal, Nico Rosberg is on pole as Mercedes lockout the front row for the 3rd consecutive race weekend. This was an incredibly close session, as Hamilton’s lockup on his final lap cost him 0.096s relative to his best sector 2 time, bigger than the 0.079s that separated him from pole. Adding up both drivers’ best three sectors would have meant Lewis Hamilton would be on pole here by just 0.009s. 2 – This is the first time that Lewis Hamilton has ever been outqualified by a teammate in Montreal. Even so, he keeps up his streak of qualifying on the front row for every race this season, with 0.595s being the gap between him and third-placed Sebastian Vettel, who has his lowest start in Montreal since 2008! He also has the fairly major handicap of being 10.5km/h (6.5mph) slower in the trap than Valtteri Bottas, who starts alongside him. 3 – In addition to Bottas, Felipe Massa’s 5th on the grid – his best of the season – makes this the first time that both Williams cars have started in the top-5 for a Grand Prix since Malaysia 2006. They hadn’t even got both cars in the top-10 on the grid on this track in exactly 10 years. While Daniel Ricciardo has a first top-10 start in Canada, this was his worst qualifying performance of the season (not including his 10-place Bahrain penalty). 4 – Fernando Alonso starts from 7th, his worst qualifying in Canada since lining up 22nd for Minardi way back in 2001, while Jean-Eric Vergne has a 2nd consecutive top-8 start in Canada, and 2nd consecutive top-8 start of 2014. Kimi Räikkönen still hasn’t started higher than 10th on this circuit since he was the reigning world champion back in 2008. Nico Hülkenberg starts 11th for the 3rd time in the last 5 races (but has scored in all 5 of them). 5 – Sergio Perez kept up his record of never starting in the top-10 at a Canadian GP, while Romain Grosjean starts from the same position (14th) as he did in Monaco. A 15th place on the grid is Daniil Kvyat’s worst performance of his 7-race career so far, and as in Monaco, neither Sauber driver qualified in the top-15, with Adrian Sutil being 0.601s adrift of the next driver. 6 – Lotus’ Pastor Maldonado was knocked out in Q1 for the 6th time in 7 races, while Max Chilton has now outqualified Jules Bianchi more times (3) than he did in all of last season (2). A gearbox penalty drops Kamui Kobayashi behind Marcus Ericsson, who crashed in Q1 for the 2nd straight race weekend, while Esteban Gutierrez will start from the pitlane after damaging the tub by crashing at turn 3 during FP3. 27 GPWEEK.com // 27 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> CANADA PARTNERS: