Lewis Hamilton will start the Canadian Grand Prix from pole position, his fourth of the season, ahead of Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.
Hamilton lapped the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in 1m12.812s for his fifth F1 pole at the track, 0.062s faster than Rosberg.
Vettel made a huge improvement on his second run to get to within 0.178s of the Mercedes pace, and will start ahead of the Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen.
Story of Q3 shootout
Hamilton had an odd moment at the start of the session as he clattered the kerbs on his warm-up lap. He didn’t let it affect him, however, and he unleashed a 1m12.812s, with Rosberg managing a 1m12.874s moments later.
Verstappen was third fastest, 0.6s down, after the first attempt. Vettel had a moment on his first run, which was fourth fastest at the time: “I think I brushed the Wall of Champions, just enough to take the lacquer off the rims.”
Vettel leapt to third on his second run, improving to 1m12.990s, only 0.178s off the pace. “I tried guys, I tried but it was not enough,” he said.
Hamilton looked even faster on his second run, and was in the first and final sectors – but failed to improve due to a slow middle sector and could only manage a 1m12.905s.
Rosberg aborted his final effort after a huge lockup at Turn 1, guaranteeing Hamilton’s pole.
Ricciardo improved to P4 on 1m13.166s and clipped the wall hard at the final chicane. Teammate Max Verstappen was fifth on 1m13.414s.
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa’s Williams only did one run. Raikkonen qualified sixth, with Massa eighth behind teammate Valtteri Bottas.
Nico Hulkenberg (Force India) and McLaren’s Fernando Alonso rounded out the top 10.
Hulkenberg knocks out Perez in Q2
The session was interrupted by a red flag as Carlos Sainz Jr crashed out against the fabled ‘Wall of Champions’ after only a couple of minutes.
Sainz clipped the wall with his right-rear wheel, which broke the suspension and turned the front of his car into the barrier too at the Turn 13/14 chicane.
With him consigned to 15th, the other five to fail to progress to Q3 included Sergio Perez – who was eliminated by teammate Hulkenberg with a last-lap flyer.
Perez will start 11th, ahead of Jenson Button’s McLaren – who suffered a lockup at the hairpin on his fastest lap – and Daniil Kvyat – who will drop three places due to his grid penalty carried over from his crash in Monaco, and will start behind Sainz in 16th.
Haas’s Romain Grosjean (who only just escaped Q1) and Esteban Gutierrez also went out, and will start 13th and 14th.
Hamilton set the fastest time of the session with a 1m13.076s, just 0.018s faster than Rosberg. Ricciardo was third, almost half a second down, ahead of Bottas and Verstappen.
Palmer just fails to make Q1 cut
Only five cars dropped out in this session, which was dry with occasional rain drops, as Kevin Magnussen’s Renault didn’t take part due to his FP3 crash that required a chassis switch. He will start from the pitlane.
His teammate Jolyon Palmer just failed to make it into Q2 by 0.015s and will start 17th, and said: “Pretty annoying, yeah. I was quite happy with the lap. A hundredth is like a sneeze in the car.”
Palmer will start ahead of the Manor of Pascal Wehrlein, Sauber duo Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr, and the second Manor of Rio Haryanto. However, Ericsson will be demoted to the back of the grid for his collision with Nasr in Monaco.
Haryanto suffered right-rear suspension damage and a puncture after hitting the wall at Turn 4.
Rosberg topped the session on 1m13.714s, as all drivers apart from the Force Indias opted for ultrasofts from the start of qualifying. Vettel was second, two tenths down, ahead of Ricciardo and Hamilton.
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing||1:14.030||1:13.540||1:13.166||20|
|5||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing||1:14.601||1:13.793||1:13.414||24|
|9||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India||1:14.663||1:14.166||1:13.952||23|
|11||Sergio Perez||Force India||1:14.814||1:14.317||18|
|13||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso||1:14.829||1:14.457||16|
|14||Esteban Gutierrez||Haas F1 Team||1:15.148||1:14.571||25|
|15||Romain Grosjean||Haas F1 Team||1:15.444||1:14.803||24|
|16||Carlos Sainz Jr.||Toro Rosso||1:14.714||1:21.956||11|
|17||Jolyon Palmer||Renault F1 Team||1:15.459||11|
|18||Pascal Wehrlein||Manor Racing||1:15.599||9|
|21||Rio Haryanto||Manor Racing||1:17.052||9|