GP Canada, prove sabato–07/06/2014
Canadian GP: Nico Rosberg beats Lewis Hamilton to pole position
Nico Rosberg claimed pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix after a stellar performance in the top 10 qualifying shootout.
Rosberg’s Mercedes team-mate, Lewis Hamilton, had dominated practice, setting the fastest time of Friday and then going quickest on Saturday morning, meaning he went into qualifying as the hot favourite at a track where he thrives.
Hamilton had topped both Q1 and Q2 but was outpaced by Mercedes team-mate Rosberg by 68 thousandths of a second on their first runs in Q3 after hitting traffic in the final sector.
Rosberg then made a small improvement on his second run, but it was not necessary as a poor middle sector meant that Hamilton was unable to better the German’s earlier time.
Sebastian Vettel was best-of-the-rest, jumping from sixth to third with a strong final lap.
Williams had looked set to be the closest challenger to Mercedes, but Valtteri Bottas was unable to improve on his final run and ended up fourth.
His team-mate Felipe Massa was fifth fastest, just ahead of the second Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo.
Fernando Alonso was seventh, his Ferrari not quite showing the pace to threaten the top six.
Jean-Eric Vergne was fastest of those who only attempted one run in Q3, shading McLaren’s Jenson Button to eighth place by two-hundredths of a second.
Kimi Raikkonen was the slowest of the Q3 runners, securing 10th place on the grid.
All of the top 10 will start the race on super-soft rubber thanks to new-for-2014 rules dictating that drivers must use the set they set their best Q2 time on.
Nico Hulkenberg missed out on a place in the top 10 shootout by just under half-a-tenth and will start 11th.
The second McLaren of Kevin Magnussen was 12th after failing to improve on his second run.
Sergio Perez, Romain Grosjean, Daniil Kvyat were 13th, 14th and 15th, with Sauber driver Adrian Sutil attempting only one run in Q2 as he had used two sets of super-softs in Q1, ending up 16th.
Pastor Maldonado was the fastest of those to be eliminated in Q1 after his Lotus ground to a halt in the closing stages.
He had just jumped Marussia pairing Max Chilton and Jules Bianchi before he hit trouble.
Bianchi was unable to attempt a second run in Q1 thanks to a car problem, while Chilton had to rely on the time posted on his first run because of incidents late in the session.
Kamui Kobayashi was the faster of the two Caterhams in 20th place after making a good improvement on his final run, although he will be hit with a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change.
Team-mate Marcus Ericsson brought out a red flag with 16 seconds of Q1 remaining after crashing at the exit of the first chicane.
Esteban Gutierrez was unable to participate in qualifying thanks to chassis damage sustained in a crash during Saturday morning’s free practice session.
The Sauber team is building up a car around a spare chassis for the Mexican for tomorrow’s race.
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m14.874s 2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m14.953s +0.079s 3. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m15.548s +0.674s 4. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m15.550s +0.676s 5. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m15.578s +0.704s 6. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m15.589s +0.715s 7. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m15.814s +0.940s 8. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m16.162s +1.288s 9. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m16.182s +1.308s 10. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m16.214s +1.340s Q2 cut-off time: 1m16.255s Gap ** 11. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m16.300s +1.246s 12. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m16.310s +1.256s 13. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m16.472s +1.418s 14. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m16.687s +1.633s 15. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m16.713s +1.659s 16. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m17.314s +2.260s Q1 cut-off time: 1m18.235s Gap * 17. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m18.328s +2.578s 18. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m18.348s +2.598s 19. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m18.359s +2.609s 20. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m19.278s +3.528s 21. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m19.820s +4.070s 22. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari no time 107% time: 1m21.052s
* Gap to quickest in Q1
** Gap to quickest in Q2
Canadian GP: Lewis Hamilton on top again in final practice
Lewis Hamilton marked himself out as one of the favourites for pole position as he set the pace in the final practice session for Formula 1’s Canadian Grand Prix.
The Briton was just under half a second quicker than Felipe Massa as the Brazilian raised the hopes of a strong weekend for the Williams team.
Hamilton’s Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg was third quickest at the end of the final one-hour practice session on Saturday morning ahead of qualifying.
The Mercedes both set their best times on the soft tyre and were unable to improve on super-softs, unlike the majority of the field.
The top three were trailed by the Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and sixth placed Kimi Raikkonen, as the Italian team maintained its impressive practice pace at a hot and sunny Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve.
They were split by Daniel Ricciardo in his Red Bull in fifth, while his world champion team-mate Sebastian Vettel rounded out the top 10.
The two Toro Rossos of Daniil Kvyat and Jean-Eric Vergne were eighth and ninth fastest respectively, just one position behind Valtteri Bottas’s Williams
A number of drivers were struggling on the brakes into the tight Turn 10 hairpin and locked up into the run-off area unharmed. There were also a few spins into the tricky Turn 8/9 chicane, as both Sergio Perez and Marcus Ericsson made errors there.
The session was red-flagged 15 minutes into the session after Esteban Gutierrez spun his Sauber under braking for Turn 3 and clattered into the outside wall.
At that stage, only eight cars had managed to set a laptime with Kevin Magnussen quickest in his McLaren at the interruption. The Dane lost control of his car later in the session with a spin under braking for Turn 1.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap Laps 1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m15.610s 18 2. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m16.086s +0.476s 16 3. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m16.120s +0.510s 20 4. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m16.488s +0.878s 15 5. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m16.504s +0.894s 15 6. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m16.528s +0.918s 22 7. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m16.684s +1.074s 20 8. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m16.820s +1.210s 21 9. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m16.824s +1.214s 19 10. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m16.884s +1.274s 15 11. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m16.944s +1.334s 17 12. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m16.993s +1.383s 19 13. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m17.121s +1.511s 21 14. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m17.188s +1.578s 19 15. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m17.224s +1.614s 21 16. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m17.360s +1.750s 23 17. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m17.900s +2.290s 23 18. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m18.518s +2.908s 25 19. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m18.525s +2.915s 19 20. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m19.865s +4.255s 23 21. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m20.227s +4.617s 14 22. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m22.388s +6.778s 6