It was yet another tightly fought qualifying affair between the two Mercedes drivers, and as was the case last time out in Monaco, Nico Rosberg has once again triumphed over teammate Lewis Hamilton. The margin between the two was a scant 0.079 seconds, as they once again crushed the rest of the field.
But unlike the last qualifying battle, Hamilton was this time gracious in defeat, admitting that his German teammate and championship leader had simply outperformed him when it counted most.
With track temperatures steadily increasing over the session under brilliant sunshine, Hamilton continued his final practice dominance with the quickest times in the first two knockout qualifying sessions and gave every indication he would claim pole position on the Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve.
But Rosberg seemed to find another gear in the final reckoning, posting a stunning 1:14.874 on his final tour to snatch top spot. Hamilton improved on his last tour of the circuit, but it wasn’t enough to reclaim the position.
Over six-tenths adrift was third-placed Sebastian Vettel, who pushed his Red Bull Racing Renault to the limit to secure ‘best of the rest honours’. The German narrowly pipped the rapid Williams FW36s of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa, whose weekend-long pace suggested the Grove outfit will have its best weekend of the 2014 season to-date.
The two heavily-upgraded Ferraris made the final qualifying cut, with Fernando Alonso bettering teammate Kimi Räikkönen to the tune of four-tenths of a second. The Spaniard and the Finn were separated by the Toro Rosso of Jean-Éric Vergne and the McLaren of Jenson Button.
The Force Indias haven’t looked properly hooked up here all weekend, and it was perhaps no surprise that neither Nico Hülkenberg and Sergio Pérez fell at the second hurdle. The pair qualified eleventh and thirteenth respectively, sandwiching the second McLaren of Kevin Magnussen.
Thse also eliminated in Q2 were Lotus’ Romain Grosjean, the second Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat and the Sauber of Adrian Sutil; they will line up fourteenth through to sixteenth for Sunday’s 70-lap race.
A frustrated Pastor Maldonado was over half a second slower than Grosjean in Q1 and found himself unable to overhaul Sutil for the final Q2 berth. The Venezuelan’s Lotus ground to a halt at the end of Q1, prompting a tossing of the steering wheel as he clambered out of the car. He was later reprimanded by the FIA Stewards for failing to reattach his steering wheel.
With Esteban Gutiérrez unable to participate in Q1 after his heavy accident in FP3, the two Marussias and Caterhams took up their customary positions at the bottom of the timesheets.
Max Chilton was the best of the quartet, winding up just two-hundredths of a second slower than Maldonado and outqualifying teammate Jules Bianchi.
The two Caterhams of Kamui Kobayashi and Marcus Ericsson were mired at the back – as they have been all weekend – with Kobayashi outqualifying Ericsson, who brought out the red flags at the end of Q1 when he crashed out at Turn 9 and destroyed the left-rear quarter of his car.
2014 Canadian Formula 1 Grand Prix – Qualifying Results:
|Driver||Team / Entry||Time||Gap||Laps|
|1.||Nico Rosberg||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W05||1:14.874||19|
|2.||Lewis Hamilton||Mercedes AMG Petronas F1W05||1:14.953||+ 0.079||20|
|3.||Sebastian Vettel||Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB10||1:15.548||+ 0.674||18|
|4.||Valtteri Bottas||Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW36||1:15.550||+ 0.676||21|
|5.||Felipe Massa||Williams Martini Racing Mercedes FW36||1:15.578||+ 0.704||21|
|6.||Daniel Ricciardo||Infiniti Red Bull Racing Renault RB10||1:15.589||+ 0.715||20|
|7.||Fernando Alonso||Scuderia Ferrari F14T||1:15.814||+ 0.940||17|
|8.||Jean-Éric Vergne||Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR9||1:16.162||+ 1.288||24|
|9.||Jenson Button||McLaren Mercedes MP4-29||1:16.182||+ 1.308||20|
|10.||Kimi Räikkönen||Scuderia Ferrari F14T||1:16.214||+ 1.340||17|
|Q3 Cut-Off: 1:16.255||Time||Gap*||Laps|
|11.||Nico Hülkenberg||Force India Mercedes Mercedes VJM07||1:16.300||+ 1.246||21|
|12.||Kevin Magnussen||McLaren Mercedes MP4-29||1:16.310||+ 1.256||15|
|13.||Sergio Pérez||Force India Mercedes Mercedes VJM07||1:16.472||+ 1.418||19|
|14.||Romain Grosjean||Lotus F1 Team Renault E22||1:16.687||+ 1.633||19|
|15.||Daniil Kvyat||Scuderia Toro Rosso Renault STR9||1:16.713||+ 1.659||19|
|16.||Adrian Sutil||Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C33||1:17.314||+ 2.260||16|
|Q2 Cut-Off: 1:17.732||Time||Gap**||Laps|
|17.||Pastor Maldonado||Lotus F1 Team Renault E22||1:18.328||+ 2.578||10|
|18.||Max Chilton||Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03||1:18.348||+ 2.598||6|
|19.||Jules Bianchi||Marussia F1 Team Ferrari MR03||1:18.359||+ 2.609||5|
|20.||Kamui Kobayashi^||Caterham F1 Team Renault CT05||1:19.278||+ 3.528||8|
|21.||Marcus Ericsson||Caterham F1 Team Renault CT05||1:19.820||+ 4.070||10|
|DNQ.||Esteban Gutiérrez||Sauber F1 Team Ferrari C33||no time||0|
* Gap to fastest Q2 time of 1:15.054 by Lewis Hamilton
** Gap to fastest Q1 time of 1:15.750 by Lewis Hamilton
^ Five-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change
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