Lewis Hamilton took his sixth Pole Position of the season at Qualifying for the Canadian GP
The first session would see just four cars knocked out, with Jenson Button’s wounded McLaren waiting in the pits. However, while the Marussia pairing of Merhi and Stevens would drop as per usual – with Merhi ahead of the Englishman for the first time – their equals were more surprising.
Felipe Massa complained of a lack of power during Q1 and was unable to get a good lap in, and could muster only 17th. One place up the road was four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel, who when told his position over the radio simply swore.
Nasr was always going to struggle after his huge shunt in FP3, and the second session removed both Saubers and Toro Rossos from the occasion, as well as the sole remaining McLaren of Fernando Alonso.
The final session saw Lewis Hamilton take pole with ease, ahead of his team mate and Kimi Raikkonen. The predicted Ferrari-Mercedes battle never really emerged, and Lotus took the third row of the grid with a massively-improved chassis.
The Top 10
1) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes (1.14:393)
2) Nico Rosberg, Mercedes (1.14:702)
3) Kimi Räikkönen, Ferrari (1.15:014)
4) Valtteri Bottas, Williams/Mercedes 1.15:102)
5) Romain Grosjean, Lotus (1.15:194)
6) Pastor Maldonado, Lotus (1.15:329)
7) Nico Hülkenberg, Force India (1.15:614)
8) Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull (1.16:079)
9) Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull (1.16:114)
10) Sergio Pérez, Force India (1.16:338)
Eliminated in Q2
11) Carlos Sainz, Toro Rosso (1.16:042)
12) Max Verstappen, Toro Rosso (1.16:245)
13) Marcus Ericsson, Sauber (1.16:262)
14) Fernando Alonso, McLaren (1.16:276)
15) Felipe Nasr, Sauber (1.16:620)
Eliminated in Q1
16) Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari (1.17:344)
17) Felipe Massa, Williams (1.17:886)
18) Roberto Merhi, Manor Marussia (1.19:133)
19) Will Stevens, Manor Marussia (1.19:157)
Jenson Button, McLaren (No Time)
The above timings do not tell the entire picture of Qualifying, due to penalties. Max Verstappen will start from P20 due to his 15-place penalty gained for his crash with Romain Grosjean in Monaco. Jenson Button didn’t set a time at all due to his issue in FP3, but has been given discretion to start the race. And finally, Sebastian Vettel has been issue a 5-place penalty for overtaking Roberto Merhi under red flag conditions in FP3, and will start from the back of the grid.