Carlos came really close to making the cut into Q3, eventually missing out by the smallest of margins, 0.036 of a second to be precise. It was a strong showing from both our rookies at their first qualifying in Montreal, given the nature of the track which features several long straights.
For the Dutchman, this was never going to be easy as he knew he had a 5 place penalty to come, after his Monaco collision with Romain Grosjean. Then, he took a further 10 place penalty, when he had to use a fifth internal combustion engine in Free Practice 3 this morning. Add that all together and the Dutchman will be at the back of the grid and carry a time penalty too, as he cannot drop 15 places from 12th where he qualified. The additional 10 seconds will see Max’s STR10 sit stationary in pit lane at the time of his pit stop.
It was the inevitable Mercedes lockout on the front row, with Lewis Hamilton taking his 44th career pole, the sixth this year ahead of Nico Rosberg. Kimi Raikkonen completes the top three for Ferrari, on a day when the Finn’s team-mate Sebastian Vettel had to settle for 16th spot because of a technical problem.
The weather forecast has improved over the week and it doesn’t look as there will be any rain to mix things up in tomorrow’s seventh round of the world championship. A Safety Car however is quite likely at this track and in fact, it was here way back in 1973 was seen in a Formula 1 race for the very first time.
As to the strategy, two stops is the most common route here, starting on Supersoft and then taking on two sets of Softs. Will our duo go that route? Well, a one stop worked very well for some people who started from outside the top ten last year and in eleventh place, Carlos has a free choice as to which of the two compounds he starts on. We will have to wait and see…