Canada Qualifying Analysis
It was unusual rain-affected session in Canada that certainly threw up a few surprises and switched the grid about a bit…
Red Bull - A strong performance for one Red Bull with Verstappen absolutely dominating the session and taking pole but his teammate flung himself (and his car) at the scenery leaving him in P13.
Alpine - A shockingly brilliant day for Alpine with a surprise front row for Alonso in P2 and Ocon performing well in P7. The car has shown strong pace so anything is possible tomorrow.
Ferrari - Sainz was the one to save Ferrari’s session and did to some degree with P3. As Leclerc will be starting from the back due to engine penalties qualifying was pointless but technically he came P15.
Mercedes - An impressive drive from Hamilton put him P4 but it was the decisions of Russell that was the real talking point. His late change to slick soft tyres was to put him either P1 or to crash at turn one, unfortunately the latter occurred leaving him P8 but it was a strong, exciting call.
Haas - Magnussen equalled the team’s best qualifying performance with P5 and unusually his teammate was alongside him in P6. Surely first points for Schumacher?
McLaren - Not the greatest of days for the Woking-based team with Norris in P14 due to a power unit issue and Ricciardo in P9. Not their strongest but could be worse.
Alfa Romeo - A first Q3 appearance for Zhou was a nice surprise and with it he took P10.
Bottas starts just behind in P11.
Williams - A return to Q2 for Williams after Albon reached it for the second time this season. He performed well to take P12 while Latifi disappointed the home fans with P19 (but will move up due to grid penalties).
AlphaTauri - I do not know what happened to AlphaTauri but they had a shocking qualifying session. Neither car made it out of Q1 with Gasly in P16 and Tsunoda languishing in P20.
Aston Martin - What went wrong at Aston Martin? Neither car made it out of Q1 despite a strong FP3. Vettel starts ahead in P17 whilst Stroll is behind in P18.
Do comment your thoughts below.
pip bip last edited by
@Gabriella just saw the FP3 and qualy highlights on YT. makes me wonder what happened at Aston Martin. but well done to Mick S. also disappointed that no one has clouted the wall of champions.
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Nando has the Kimoa, I want to see him in a better car.
Hike last edited by
It's 2022 and Fernando Alonso is back on the front row to start a Formula 1 race. Great drive by the Spaniard!
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@Gabriella Russell--I think his decision to go with the slicks is consistent with his frustration last week even though he had podium finish. He is young and confident and was trying to figure out a way to get on the front row so he could compete straight up for the lead.
Can't blame a guy for trying. I suspect he will move up several spots over the course of the race and eventually be competing directly with his teammate.
Charles will be charging up through the field as long as his Ferrari keeps running, Alonso wants to take the fight to Max (hope he can, but I am thinking probably not). Should be a very exciting race.
@pip-bip There weren’t too many people who clouted anything - Perez, Albon and Russell were the only ones to have damage.
@glemon He did it before last year in Sochi to great effect (P3 at Williams) and he said that he was thinking of that (not the only one!). He could’ve been onto an amazing lap or a crash and unfortunately it was the latter but the points are tomorrow so he can move up (hopefully).
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@glemon I think Russell has been the best driver all year so far. He's been consistently in the top 5 when other drivers are making mistakes or having issues. His car isn't fast enough to really give Red Bull and Ferrari a fight, but he still hangs around in every single race. His performance has kept him close enough to the front runners that if Mercedes finds some miraculous fix, he's still in the running. Granted that's unlikely.
@glemon I think Russell has been the best driver all year so far.
I fully agree (but then I would say that!) he has done really well.
He's been consistently in the top 5 when other drivers are making mistakes or having issues. His car isn't fast enough to really give Red Bull and Ferrari a fight, but he still hangs around in every single race. His performance has kept him close enough to the front runners that if Mercedes finds some miraculous fix, he's still in the running. Granted that's unlikely.
I think he does well with what he has and when Mercedes fix that bouncing car he will be in with a shot at the championship. He just always seems to be in positions to do well and nobody really knows why (it’s just that he’s such a great driver).