Lewis Hamilton topped a close fight with Formula 1 rivals Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel to claim pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix.
Hamilton ended the session just 0.062 seconds clear of Mercedes teammate Rosberg, with Vettel’s Ferrari just 0.116s further back in third.
Reigning world champion Hamilton held on to top spot despite failing to improve on his second run in Q3 at the Montreal F1 circuit. Rosberg messed up his second run at the first corner so also failed to improve, while Vettel cursed losing some traction at the hairpin on his final flying lap. He broke into the 1m12s, but it wasn’t quite enough to break Mercedes’ hegemony.
Daniel Ricciardo qualified his Red Bull fourth fastest, less than two tenths slower than Vettel.
Ricciardo’s Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen was fifth, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari, which only completed one run in Q3 and rounded out the top six.
The two Williams cars of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa were seventh and eighth, with Bottas less than a tenth away from beating fellow Finn Raikkonen.
Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India was almost two tenths further back from Massa in ninth, while Fernando Alonso’s McLaren-Honda rounded out the top 10.
Alonso made Q3 for the third race in succession by bumping Sergio Perez out of the top 10 in the closing moments of Q2, so the second Force India ended up 11th fastest.
The second McLaren-Honda of Jenson Button was fractionally quicker than Alonso in the first two sectors of his final lap in Q2, but he dropped time in the final sector and wound up 12th, blaming a lack of a tow on the run from the hairpin.
Daniil Kvyat’s Toro Rosso was just 0.020s slower in 13th, ahead of Haas pairing Esteban Gutierrez and Romain Grosjean, who were separated by 0.232s.
The second Toro Rosso of Carlos Sainz Jr. ended up slowest in Q2 after he clouted the wall of champions at the end of his first proper flying lap, causing the session to be red flagged while marshals craned away his broken car.
Jolyon Palmer had earlier come within 0.015s of stealing the final Q2 spot from Grosjean, but had to settle for 17th place in his Renault. He was 0.140s ahead of the impressive Pascal Wehrlein, whose Manor was 15th fastest after his first run in Q1, but slipped back when others improved.
Wehrlein’s hopes of improving himself were scuppered by teammate Rio Haryanto clouting the wall at the exit of the first chicane, which effectively curtailed the closing minutes of Q1.
Wehrlein at least remained ahead of both Saubers, with Marcus Ericsson over a second clear of teammate Felipe Nasr, who had to rely on a slow first run in Q1 thanks to the timing of Haryanto’s crash.
The second Renault of Kevin Magnussen failed to participate in qualifying following his heavy crash in final practice, so he will start last on the grid with the stewards’ permission.
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m13.166ss||0.354s|
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m13.414ss||0.602s|
|9||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m13.952ss||1.140s|
|11||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m14.317ss||1.505s|
|15||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m21.956ss||9.144s|
|16||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m14.457ss||1.645s|