Yesterday’s mistake in qualifying did not put ourselves in a good position for the race. Overtaking was very difficult here; I tried to get ahead of Hamilton after my pit stop, but it did not work out. Then It was even difficult to get close enough to him to open the DRS. It was a surprise, because on this track you would expect to see overtaking and fights, instead it was a similar story to two weeks ago in Monaco. The race was boring and not much happened. We decided to stay out a little bit longer on our first set of tyres and I don’t think that cost us any position: it was our only option to try something different.
Canadian Grand Prix: Vettel takes F1 championship lead with win
Sebastian Vettel grabbed the lead of the Formula 1 world championship with a dominant victory in a Canadian Grand Prix that ended in a bizarre chequered flag confusion.
Vettel led every lap of the race, quickly building a comfortable lead over Valtteri Bottas and controlling the gap from there.
The most eventful part of Vettel’s race after that came at the start of the final lap, when the chequered flag was shown more than one lap early.
Vettel was aware enough of the error to complete the full distance at racing speed, although after he crossed the line at the end of the 70th and final lap, the race result was then based on positions at the end of lap 68.
Bottas’s main challenge from behind came at the start when a fast-starting Max Verstappen pulled alongside into Turn 1, but Bottas held onto the inside line for Turn 2 and forced the Red Bull driver to back out.
After that moment, which Verstappen was praised for by his team as he avoided getting caught up in an incident, the Dutchman was never able to mount another attack.
Bottas did have a minor scare with 15 laps to go, when he went wide at Turn 1 after lapping Carlos Sainz Jr’s Renault, and clipped the grass at Turn 2, briefly falling back behind the Renault.
The second Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo claimed fourth place, taking advantage of difficulties for Lewis Hamilton early in the race to jump the Mercedes during the pitstops.
While the Red Bulls pitted earlier than the other leading cars were scheduled to due to starting the race on the hypersoft tyre, Hamilton also came in around the same time despite being on ultrasofts that should have been able to last much longer.
But he was forced into an early stop so Mercedes could attempt to rectify an engine problem, with the reigning world champion having reported "drop outs of power" early in the race.
After falling behind Ricciardo during those stops, Hamilton was then vulnerable to Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari also getting ahead of him when the Finn stopped much later in the race, but he hung on to fifth place as Raikkonen emerged from the pits just behind him at Turn 2.
Despite having tyres that were 16 laps fresher than Hamilton’s, Raikkonen couldn’t mount a challenge and gradually fell back from the Mercedes.
Mercedes offered Hamilton the option of turning down his engine in the closing laps, but he declined – instead pressuring Ricciardo and getting to within a second of the Red Bull.
Hamilton got close at the hairpin with four laps to go, but was unable to attempt a pass down the following straight after having a big slide in the middle of the corner, and he then lost further time on the following lap stuck behind Sergey Sirotkin’s Williams.
Behind the leading cars, Renault took a one-two finish in the ‘class B’ race, with Nico Hulkenberg leading home Sainz to claim seventh and eighth for the team.
Esteban Ocon, who was ahead of both Renaults early in the race, was the first car to make a scheduled pitstop, and he lost out to Hulkenberg and Sainz having been holding them up before he suffered a slow pitstop, which relegated him to ninth.
Ocon came back at the Renaults in the closing stages of the race, prompting Renault to ask Hulkenberg to pick up the pace to prevent Sainz coming under attack.
The final point went to Charles Leclerc, who inherited 10th when Fernando Alonso retired with an exhaust problem.
The Sauber driver headed Alonso early in the race but he lost out to the McLaren during the pitstops, only to reclaim the position when Alonso came into the pits again to retire.
The only other drivers not to finish were Brendon Hartley and home driver Lance Stroll, who crashed in spectacular fashion at Turn 5 on the opening lap.
Stroll got out of shape through the fast right-hand kink, squeezing Hartley, who was on his left, between the Williams and the tyre barrier, briefly launching the Toro Rosso into the air.
After being examined at the medical centre, Hartley was then sent to hospital for further checks.
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||68||8.360s|
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||68||20.892s|
|7||Nico Hulkenberg||Renault||67||1 Lap|
|8||Carlos Sainz||Renault||67||1 Lap|
|9||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||67||1 Lap|
|10||Charles Leclerc||Sauber/Ferrari||67||1 Lap|
|11||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||67||1 Lap|
|12||Romain Grosjean||Haas/Ferrari||67||1 Lap|
|13||Kevin Magnussen||Haas/Ferrari||67||1 Lap|
|14||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||67||1 Lap|
|15||Marcus Ericsson||Sauber/Ferrari||66||2 Laps|
|16||Stoffel Vandoorne||McLaren/Renault||66||2 Laps|
|17||Sergey Sirotkin||Williams/Mercedes||66||2 Laps|
|–||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Honda||0||Collision|
Canadian Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel puts Ferrari on pole
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel claimed pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix, with his Formula 1 title rival Lewis Hamilton only fourth.
Vettel set the pace throughout the Q3 top 10 shootout, posting a time of 1m10.776s on his first run to take top spot.
He then shaved 0.012 seconds off that time on his second run using the hypersoft Pirellis to make sure of pole position.
Valtteri Bottas was second fastest for Mercedes, but was unable to improve on his first-run lap having lost time in the first and second sectors.
Red Bull driver Max Verstappen made it three different makes in the top three by jumping to third on his final lap, relegating Hamilton to fourth place – just over two tenths slower than Vettel.
Kimi Raikkonen had been third after the first runs in Q3, but ran wide onto the grass exiting Turn 2 on his second set of hypersofts and was forced to abort the lap. He ended up shuffled down to fifth.
Daniel Ricciardo was sixth fastest, lapping just two-hundredths of a second off Raikkonen.
The Ferrari and Mercedes drivers will start the race on the ultrasoft Pirellis, having used that compound to set their fastest times in Q2, with Red Bull and the rest of the top 10 using hypersofts.
Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg took seventh place ahead of Force India’s Esteban Ocon.
The Renault and Force India pattern was repeated on the fifth row, with Carlos Sainz Jr comfortably ahead of Sergio Perez.
Haas driver Kevin Magnussen was fastest of those eliminated in Q2, lapping two-tenths slower than Perez.
That was enough to put him 29 thousandths of a second ahead of Brendon Hartley’s Toro Rosso, which is running the upgraded Honda engine package.
Hartley complained about losing a couple of tenths in the final chicane on his quickest lap.
Sauber driver Charles Leclerc was 13th, with McLaren duo Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne never looking like a Q3 threat and ending up 14th and 15th – separated by just 0.009s.
Alonso complained about poor drivability out of the hairpin on his last run, but Vandoorne suggested over the radio that this pace was representative of McLaren’s capability this weekend.
All five of those drivers had been in the drop zone after their first runs in Q2, but despite all finding time on their second set of hypersofts none were able to break into the top 10.
Toro Rosso driver Pierre Gasly, who had an engine change to the old-specification Honda after a problem in final practice, was knocked out in Q1 by last-minute improvements by Alonso and Vandoorne.
Gasly was unable to improve on the pace he set on his first Q1 run having been 11th at that stage, meaning he was shuffled down the order in the final minutes and ended up 16th
Williams duo Lance Stroll, who had an off-track moment at the final chicane on his last run, and Sergey Sirotkin were 17th and 18th respectively, effectively last of those not to hit trouble.
Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson hit the wall exiting the Turn 8/9 chicane on his first run, and sustained damage that left him 19th.
Haas-Ferrari driver Romain Grosjean was unable to run at all after suffering what appeared to be an engine failure as he headed towards the end of the pitlane billowing smoke at the beginning of the session.
|3||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m10.937s||0.173s|
|6||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m11.116s||0.352s|
|8||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m12.084s||1.320s|
|10||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m12.671s||1.907s|
|12||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m12.635s||–|
|16||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m13.047s||–|
Canadian GP practice: Max Verstappen takes clean sweep of sessions
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen topped final Formula 1 practice ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix, completing a hat-trick of fastest session times in Montreal.
Verstappen, who was quickest in both Friday practice sessions too, unleashed a 1m11.599s on hypersoft tyres with 13 minutes remaining to top the timesheet.
That beat Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel by 0.049s, despite none of Verstappen’s three sectors being the fastest overall.
World championship leader Lewis Hamilton could only manage the fourth fastest time, as Mercedes seemingly failed to master its balance on the hypersoft – ending up a tenth away from Verstappen.
Ferrari went straight for the hypersoft tyre from the start of the session, with Kimi Raikkonen setting the early pace on a 1m12.359s before Vettel usurped him with a 1m12.235s on his seventh lap on those tyres.
Mercedes started on ultrasofts, with Hamilton building up to a 1m12.598s, and Valtteri Bottas on a 1m12.666s.
Hamilton worked his way up to second, only 0.066s off Vettel’s hypersoft benchmark at that point, on his ninth lap.
Red Bull followed the Mercedes approach. Daniel Ricciardo worked down to 1m12.838s on ultrasofts while Verstappen shot straight to third on 1m12.552s before improving by 0.117s.
Having encountered some sensor issues, Ricciardo then switched to the hypersoft but had to run wide passing a Williams and could only manage fifth.
Vettel took another set of hypersofts, improving to 1m12.300s despite catching a Sauber at the chicane. On his second lap, he lowered the first-place bar to 1m11.648s.
Ferrari identified an issue on Raikkonen’s car, which required some feverish mid-session work at the rear of it, but he rejoined to set 1m11.763s on hypersofts. He then got within 0.002s of Vettel’s time with 1m11.650s, and that would stand to be the third-fastest time as Verstappen jumped both Ferraris.
Neither Hamilton nor Bottas used the hypersofts on Friday, thanks to having only five sets available for the weekend. Bottas managed 1m12.357s on his first lap on the rubber with 20 minutes remaining, and improved later to 1m12.255s as he ended the session sixth.
Hamilton took two warm-up laps on his hypersofts before recording a 1m11.706s that was 0.058s off the pace at the time.
He struggled to improve after that, and ended the session fourth ahead of Ricciardo and Bottas – who were both over half a second off the leading pace.
Sergio Perez was best of the rest for Force India, ahead of Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg, the Haas of Romain Grosjean and McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne.
Vandoorne suffered a huge lock-up at Turn 3 early in the session, and was forced to take a trip down the escape road and perform a five-point turn to rejoin.
Esteban Ocon was 11th for Force India, followed by Toro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley.
Hartley had a scare when he happened across a touring Mercedes at the chicane, and was forced to straightline. He followed that up with a big lock-up into Turn 1, which he also cut.
Fernando Alonso was only 13th fastest for McLaren, two tenths off Vandoorne, with Carlos Sainz Jr 14th, four tenths off Renault team-mate Hulkenberg and admitting on the radio that he "struggled with everything".
|1||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m11.599s||–||14|
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m12.153s||0.554s||29|
|7||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m12.903s||1.304s||16|
|11||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m13.064s||1.465s||18|
|12||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m13.076s||1.477s||24|
|15||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m13.334s||1.735s||19|
Canadian GrandPrix – “We didn’t get all the answers”
“This track is not the easiest to get things where you want them,” added Kimi. “It’s not straightforward and we expected that. It’s very bumpy, not just with all the bumps, but also with the kerbs to ride over. The combination of low downforce and low grip can make it very difficult. As for the Hypersoft tyres, at least we have a better idea of how they work. They’re good on one lap and then last quite a few more. We’ve been improving during the day and that proves that we’re going in the right direction. For sure we have some work ahead of us, but I was a bit happier at the end of the session”.
Raikkonen: “Nulla da dire sul caso molestie”
Gli ultimi sviluppi del caso della donna di Montreal che accusa il pilota della Ferrari di molestie sessuali, vedono gli inquirenti non interessati ad interrogare Raikkonen in questo weekend, in cui il finlandese disputerà il Gran Premio del Canada. Nel paddock del circuito intitolato a Gilles Villeneuve, i media hanno chiesto al campione del mondo 2007 un commento sulla vicenda: “Che sorpresa questa domanda… Non ho nulla da dire al riguardo“, ha amaramente commentato con una risata il portacolori di Maranello.
Raikkonen ha dunque preferito parlare del fine settimana ormai alle porte: “Si tratta di una pista particolare, c’è bisogno di una buona velocità di punta e di una frenata efficiente. Ma anche di usare i cordoli senza scompensi. Inoltre è facile andare a sbattere contro un muro, e perdere la possibilità di girare. Perciò si cerca di spingere al 100% solo quando si arriva in qualifica. Qui è difficile da trovare un equilibrio senza correre dei rischi“.
A Montreal torneranno le Hypersoft: “Non sono proprio delle gomme da qualifica, perché le utilizziamo anche in gara. È la gomma più veloce che abbiamo, ma possiamo anche pensare di optare per una mescola differente in Q2, per evitarne l’uso in gara. In generale sono molto favorevole alle gomme da qualifica, si va più veloci, c’è più grip e dunque più performance“.
In Canada Raikkonen ha vinto nel 2005, ai tempi della McLaren, ma non trova posto sul podio del circuito costruito sull’isola artificiale di Notre-Dame dal lontano 2006. Dal ritorno in Ferrari Kimi si è infatti dovuto accontentare di un decimo, un quarto, un sesto e un settimo posto: un bottino decisamente poco esaltante.
Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix: Verstappen stays on top in FP2
Max Verstappen remained fastest after the second Formula 1 free practice session ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix.
Having set the pace in the first session, the Red Bull driver used a set of hypersoft Pirellis to knock Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen off top spot just after the halfway mark of the second 90-minute session at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
His time of 1m12.198s, set on his first flier on the hypersofts, was 0.130s faster than Raikkonen. Raikkonen set his time on his second flier on hypersofts a few minutes earlier, which put him ahead of Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton.
But the pace of Mercedes drivers was misleading because neither Hamilton nor Valtteri Bottas, who finished the session fourth and sixth, used the hypersoft thanks to having only five sets available each.
With three minutes remaining, Daniel Ricciardo claimed third place, 0.405s slower than his team-mate.
The Red Bull driver spent much of the session in the pits after completing four laps early on. During that time, the team completed significant work on an electrical problem before he returned to the track on hypersofts in the final 10 minutes.
This allowed him first to take fourth, then improve to third on his second flier.
Hamilton’s time was posted early in the session using supersofts, and he was unable to improve after switching to ultrasofts for his next run.
This was still enough for fourth overall, a couple of tenths ahead of Sebastian Vettel, who missed the first part of the session because of a problem that arose at the end of free practice one.
After a run on supersofts, Vettel went out for his qualifying simulation on hypersofts with less than half-an-hour remaining, taking fourth with his first flying lap. He then improved to a 1m12.985s on his second flier, putting him just two-tenths behind Hamilton, only for Ricciardo’s late lap to push him down to fifth.
Unlike his team-mate, Bottas did improve on ultrasofts, posting a 1m13.061s, which put him almost three-tenths behind Hamilton.
Romain Grosjean, driving the upgraded Haas, was seventh fastest using hypersofts, ahead of the Force Indias of Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez, who were separated by just seven-thousandths of a second.
Fernando Alonso was 10th, although his time was set on the ultrasofts and was just enough to put him ahead of Sauber’s Charles Leclerc.
Leclerc suspected he could have gone faster on his qualifying simulation run, but for a lockup and a brief off.
Brendon Hartley, whose F1 future is up in the air after it emerged the Toro Rosso team made a bid for McLaren protege Lando Norris, was 12th and 1.691s off the pace.
Kevin Magnussen pipped Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg to 13th, with Hulkenberg missing the first 15 minutes of the session while the team completed work on a gearbox change after a problem in free practice one.
Hulkenberg’s team-mate, Carlos Sainz Jr, was not able to be in this battle after spinning into the wall coming out of the Turn 6/7 left/right flick shortly before the half-hour mark.
Although Sainz was able to limp back to the pits, the red flag was deployed for six minutes to allow debris to be cleared.
Sainz ended the session 17th, one place behind the McLaren-Renault of Stoffel Vandoorne, whose session came to an early end after clipping the wall with his right-rear.
"I touched the wall, I broke the suspension," reported Vandoorne while attempting to recover to the pits before being told to stop to avoid the risk of damaging the floor thanks to the flailing tyre.
Vandoorne parked on the grass to the right of the track on the run out of the hairpin, leading to the virtual safety car being deployed for seven minutes.
|1||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m12.198s||–||39|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m12.603s||0.405s||17|
|8||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m13.747s||1.549s||40|
|9||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m13.754s||1.556s||40|
|12||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m13.889s||1.691s||42|
|18||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m14.486s||2.288s||39|
Canadian Grand Prix: Max Verstappen leads first Montreal practice
Max Verstappen topped the first Formula 1 free practice session of the Canadian Grand prix weekend, as Lewis Hamilton prevented a Red Bull one-two.
Verstappen moved to the top of the order for the first time with 30 minutes remaining in the session, at that point going half a second faster than Hamilton.
After backing off for a lap before pushing again, the Red Bull driver went even faster to post a 1m13.302s, but Hamilton was also improving at the same time, eventually bringing the gap down to less than one tenth of a second, using the ultrasoft compound while Verstappen ran the hypersoft.
It was not a completely smooth session for Verstappen, whose running was disrupted by a puncture on debris at the Turn 10 hairpin early on and a later stop to remove a flapping carbon shroud from his car.
Shortly after Verstappen and Hamilton’s benchmark laps, Daniel Ricciardo moved into third on fresh hypersofts, which pushed the second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas – like Hamilton running ultrasofts – down to fourth.
Bottas lost another place in the closing stages when Sebastian Vettel put in a late run on hypersofts, initially going seventh with his first attempt before climbing to fourth on his next try.
Kimi Raikkonen completed the top six, while Fernando Alonso claimed best of the rest honours for McLaren in seventh.
Alonso and team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne – who also ended the session inside the top 10 – spent the early part of the session trading times at the top of the order with the Mercedes drivers, although the McLarens were using softer tyres.
There was a prolonged break in the middle of the session when Nico Hulkenberg’s car stopped on track shortly after the hairpin, forcing a red flag.
Though Renault got the German to try several different ways of getting the car going again, he eventually had to give up and climb out so a recovery vehicle could lift the car away.
Hulkenberg’s team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr split the McLarens in the final order to claim ninth, while a late effort from Pierre Gasly got Toro Rosso into the top 10.
Home driver Lance Stroll was the only driver to hit the infamous ‘Wall of Champions’ in the opening session, clipping the barrier just inside the final 30 minutes and giving himself a right-rear puncture that he had to nurse for a full lap to get back to the pits.
Beyond that, the session was relatively incident free until the final few minutes, when Marcus Ericsson spun at Turn 8, Sergey Sirotkin spun into the barriers at Turn 6, and Brendon Hartley went off at Turn 1, blaming a loss of downforce from following another car.
Alonso provided some late entertainment in the session as well, lunging Raikkonen’s Ferrari at Turn 1, and then scrambling through Turn 2 off-line to maintain track position ahead of the 2007 world champion.
|1||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m13.302s||–||26|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m13.518s||0.216s||24|
|10||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m15.004s||1.702s||31|
|11||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m15.071s||1.769s||29|
|16||Brendon Hartley||Toro Rosso/Honda||1m15.756s||2.454s||38|
|19||Nicholas Latifi||Force India/Mercedes||1m17.145s||3.843s||28|
Parla Marchionne: “Difenderemo Raikkonen dalle accuse di molestie sessuali”
Ormai la notizia è vecchia di qualche giorno ed è sempre più sulla bocca di tutti: Kimi Raikkonen è accusato di molestie sessuali da parte di una donna canadese. I fatti risalirebbero al weekend del Gran Premio del Canada del 2016, quando, secondo quanto dichiarato dalla ragazza, Raikkonen le avrebbe palpeggiato il seno durante una festa dopo la gara. La donna quindi ha contattato Raikkonen tramite i social network chiedendo un risarcimento in denari… molto cospicuo!
A prendere le difese del pilota finlandese la stessa Ferrari, nelle parole del presidente Sergio Marchionne, che ha rilasciato delle dichiarazioni importanti al Capital Markets Day svoltosi a Balocco: “Abbiamo risposto con un comunicato, dall’analisi sappiamo che non è coinvolto dunque possiamo solo appoggiare la difesa. Sono due cose perfettamente scollegate. Abbiamo fatto le nostre verifiche interne e sappiamo che Kimi non è coinvolto. Lo appoggiamo e siamo pronti a difenderlo”, ha commentato.
Formula 1 driver Kimi Raikkonen files extortion complaint in Canada
A complaint has been made to police in Canada on behalf of Ferrari Formula 1 driver Kimi Raikkonen alleging he is the victim of extortion by a woman in Montreal.
The complaint, filed by a Montreal legal firm working for Raikkonen, claims he has been threatened with public accusations of sexual misconduct unless he provided financial compensation.
In 2016 the woman alleged online that she was involved in an incident with an unnamed F1 driver and his friend while she was working at a bar after that year’s Canadian GP.
She claimed the intoxicated driver touched her breast while she was working as a waitress and that an anonymous friend put his hand down the front of her underwear.
Earlier this year she published a follow-up stating that she had protected the driver too long and would now act.
A representative of Raikkonen’s legal team in Montreal told Autosport that the woman informed them of the initial accusations.
They then received a letter last week, on May 23, stating she would go public with the accusations without recompense, which the representative told Autosport was a "huge" amount of money.
He said Raikkonen denies the allegations completely and the only course of action to "protect the driver’s reputation" was to file an extortion complaint.
This was done on behalf of the 2007 world champion on Monday.
A resolution is not expected for several months, especially if it involves court action, but Autosport understands the woman has already met with police to give her version of events.
Legal Logik, the firm representing the resident, told Autosport that the extortion complaint "misconstrues what we wanted" when it first approached Raikkonen’s camp.
The firm’s founder Jamie Benizri said they had "a very short discussion that seemed to be going in the right direction" before the complaint was filed "abruptly".
Asked about the financial settlement raised by Raikkonen’s side, Benizri said: "The idea of settling this, either with an opportunity to hear his version, sitting down in person or via video conference, meeting his camp, even money on the table – these are all things that we would have discussed."
He stressed that "this is not gangsterism, where you have to feel threatened that there’s going to be this disproportionate negotiating table".
Benizri said: "It was not a question of cashing out and running to the bank. It was a question of trying to understand what happened in 2016."
He said the response of lodging a complaint to police was like "trying to kill an ant with a bazooka".
The complaint from Raikkonen, which was first revealed by Finnish news outlet MTV Uutiset, comes one week before he is due in Montreal for this year’s Canadian GP.
Raikkonen is fifth in the world championship and has scored three podiums from six races.