GP Canada, prove del sabato–11/06/2016
Lewis Hamilton takes F1 pole position for Canadian Grand Prix
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 team-mate 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 team-mate 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 team-mate 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 team-mate 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||1m13.166s||0.354s|
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m13.414s||0.602s|
|9||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m13.952s||1.140s|
|11||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m14.317s||1.505s|
|15||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m21.956s||9.144s|
|16||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m14.457s||1.645s|
Canadian Grand Prix: Vettel tops red flagged final F1 practice
Sebastian Vettel set the pace in final Formula 1 practice for the Canadian Grand Prix in a session that ended early when Kevin Magnussen crashed.
The Ferrari driver clocked a 1m13.919s on the ultra-softs to finish 0.239s clear of Max Verstappen, who also did his lap time on the purple-sidewall tyres.
Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton, who dominated Friday practice, failed to get a qualifying-simulation in before light rain fell with 20 minutes to go.
The Briton locked up and ran wide at Turn 1, just as the rain started to fall, and ended the session fifth quickest.
His Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen were only a fraction quicker in third and fourth respectively.
The session was red-flagged with 13 minutes to go when Magnussen hit the wall on the exit of Turn 7, with damage to the wall being reported afterwards.
Replays showed the Dane wasn’t pushing but the rear-end snapped as he got on throttle, pitching him into the wall.
Renault now faces a race against time to rebuild the car, which suffered significant damage, in time for qualifying later on Saturday.
With the teams’ weather radars predicting rain late in the session, there was a flurry of activity early on.
Most did their initial running on the ultra-softs but Red Bull chose to run the super-softs and set the early pace.
Then Vettel moved to the top of the timesheets with a 1m14.139s on the ultra-softs with his second lap of that run just 0.071s slower.
Ricciardo was sixth quickest ahead of Carlos Sainz Jr and Fernando Alonso, the latter of which was the only driver in the top 10 to do his best lap on the super-soft.
Sergio Perez and Felipe Massa closed out the top 10.
Jenson Button continued with the Monaco-spec internal combustion engine that he moved to on Friday after an oil leak in practice because Honda was still investigating the problem.
|2||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m14.158s||0.239s||19|
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m14.487s||0.568s||22|
|7||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m14.655s||0.736s||21|
|9||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m14.886s||0.967s||21|
|11||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m14.918s||0.999s||20|
|14||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m15.199s||1.280s||20|