Hamilton beats Rosberg to Canada pole

By on Saturday, June 11, 2016
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Lewis Hamilton secured pole position at the Canadian Grand Prix for the fifth time in his career as he topped qualifying at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Hamilton’s first Q3 run of 1:12.812 was sufficient for top spot as he edged out Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg by 0.062s.

Hamilton was unable to improve on his second attempt but Rosberg squandered his effort into the first corner when he locked up and drifted wide.

Sebastian Vettel hauled himself up the order with a late attempt to go third, the closest he and Ferrari has been across one lap in 2016.

Daniel Ricciardo bested Red Bull team-mate Max Verstappen to take fourth as Kimi Räikkönen was sixth on his sole Q3 flyer for Ferrari.

Williams took seventh and eighth courtesy of Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa, while Nico Hülkenberg and Fernando Alonso completed the top 10 for Force India and McLaren.

Sergio Pérez was 11th best for Force India, while a lock up into L’Epingle compromised Jenson Button as he placed 12th.

Daniil Kvyat was 13th for Toro Rosso but will drop to 16th as a result of his penalty for colliding with Renault’s Kevin Magnussen in Monaco.

Haas was the primary beneficiaries of Kvyat’s sanction as Esteban Gutiérrez got the better of Romain Grosjean by over two-tenths of a second and will line-up from 13th spot.

Carlos Sainz Jr. displayed strong pace throughout the weekend but clipped the wall exiting the final corner on his first Q2 lap, breaking the suspension on his STR11.

Sainz Jr’s trajectory carried him into a secondary impact with the wall, damaging the front of the car, and he crawled to a halt along the pit straight.

Sainz Jr. thus ended the session down in 16th place, having only set a notional time, but will move ahead of Kvyat due to the Russian’s penalty.

Jolyon Palmer had a wild moment exiting Turn 7 and brushed the wall at the final chicane en-route to 17th position, ahead of Pascal Wehrlein.

Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr once again failed to escape Q1 as Sauber’s troubled year continues; Ericsson will drop to the back due to his three-place grid penalty for hitting Nasr in Monaco.

Rio Haryanto was 21st after clipping the wall at Turn 4 and spinning across the track, narrowly avoiding the barriers on the outside of the circuit.

Haryanto’s brush with the wall damaged the right rear of his Manor MRT05 and he crawled around before pulling onto the grass along the back straight.

Kevin Magnussen did not participate in qualifying due to his heavy crash in final practice.

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