But heading into Qualifying, it would seem that Mercedes are looking like the team to beat heading into the session that look set to gain Pole Position ahead of the race on Sunday. But Williams or Lotus may spring a surprise and throw a spanner into the works based on their early pace and promise within the Practice sessions.
Jenson Button will not be taking part in qualifying after stopping on the track in Practice 3 with engine problems. Due to this, the team will have to change his engine and it wouldn’t be ready in time for qualifying.
Let the battle for Pole Position begin…
In Q1, Grosjean tops the timesheets with a time of 1.15.833, Rosberg was second, Hamilton was third, Maldonado was fourth and Hulkenberg was fifth. Raikkonen, Verstappen, Ricciardo, Kvyat and Bottas managed to get 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th places for their teams. At the end of Q1, we lose Stevens, Merhi, Massa and Vettel.
During Q1, Pastor Maldonado spun his Lotus at Turn 1, managed to beech his car but with help from the marshals, he managed to get the car running again.
In Q2, Hamilton tops the timesheets with a time of 1.14.661, Rosberg was second, Grosjean was third, Raikkonen was fourth and Bottas was fifth. Maldonado, Hulkenberg, Kvyat, Perez and Ricciardo managed to get 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th places for their teams. At the end of Q1, we lose Sainz Jr, Ericsson, Alonso, Verstappen and Nasr.
In Q3, Hamilton tops the timesheet and gets pole with a lap time of 1.14.393 to claim his fourth Pole Position at the Canadian GP and his 44th Pole Position of his career. Rosberg was second fastest with a gap of 0.309 seconds behind Hamilton and Raikkonen was a credible third fastest with a gap of 0.621 seconds behind Hamilton.
Bottas was a credible fourth fastest with a gap of 0.709 seconds behind and Grosjean was an impeessive fifth fastest with a gap of 0.801 seconds behind Hamilton. Maldonado was sixth fastest with a gap of 0.936 seconds behind, Hulkenberg was seventh fastest with a gap of 1.221 seconds behind, Kvyat was eighth fastest with a gap of 1.686 seconds behind, Ricciardo was ninth fastest with a gap of 1.721 seconds behind and Perez was tenth fastest with a gap of 1.945 seconds behind Hamilton.
As a result of the incident between Verstappen and Grosjean in Monaco two weeks ago, Verstappen received a 15 place grid penalty. At the moment, Verstappen will serve 8 places of the penalty and will have a 10 second time penalty within the race tomorrow.
It would seem that Mercedes genuinely has the pace to challenge for the race win again this weekend despite their form in Qualifying. Both of the Mercedes drivers seem to have the cars underneath them to do this and have been consistent and fast throughout every session so far this weekend.
You cannot discount Ricciardo ,Kvyat, Bottas or even Raikkonen even to be challenging also for the race win and could also be the dark horses to take the win away from Mercedes that could see gaining some points on their rivals to leapfrog in the Constructors Championship.
Maldonado, Grosjean, Hulkenberg and Perez could also have a decent race tomorrow and pick up some much needed points for their respective teams. Will it rain tomorrow? I do not know. Who will win the Grand Prix tomorrow? I really don’t know Who will win the championship after this race?
Let’s see what happens tomorrow on the Montreal circuit on race day tomorrow…