The Montreal circuit is dry but the drivers have been complaining that the track is too slippery. Lap times are about 3 seconds slower than when they were here 2 years ago.
KC has a 5 grid spot penalty waiting for him after a gearbox change.
Qualifying session 1 (Q1):
TG is first out of the pits
VP locks up and flat-spots his front left tyre
10 mins gone = halfway through Q1
LH 1:15.889 — first to go under 1:16 this weekend
5mins left; bottom 7 are KK, HK, JT, TG, BS, LDG & KC
Chequered flag falls – current laps count
Back of the grid will be: P18=KK, 19=HK, 20=JT, 21=TG, 22=BS, 23=LDG, 24=KC*
KC’s 5 grid spot penalty can’t drop him any further back
Qualifying session 2 (Q2):
VP waits at the pit lane exit … lights turn green
5mins gone = 10mins left of Q2
NR hits the kerbs hard in the final chicane but manages to stay out of the wall
NR gets his entry to the final chicane wrong, heads for the pit lane and almost collects a Renault
5mins left; bottom 7 are VL, RB, VP, JA, SB, PdlR, NH
90 seconds left of Q2
(VL P9 – relegates JB to P10 and MS to P11)
(JB P7, pushing MS back down to P11)
MS cut the final chicane and can’t improve on P12
Middle of the grid will be: P11=RB, 12=NH, 13=MS, 14=VP, 15=SB, 16=JA, 17=PdlR
Qualifying session 3 (Q3):
JB and LH are first out of the pits
3mins left of Q3
SV over-cooks it and cuts the final chicane
1min left; order is MW, FA, LH, JB, RK, SV, FM, NR, VL, AS
LH is told to stop on track because there’s not enough fuel to get back to the pits and still have enough left for the FIA inspection.
Instead, LH turns the engine off and pushes it!
I wonder if the FIA will have something to say about LH taking off his safety belts and being low on fuel?
Provisional grid: LH, MW, SV, FA, JB, VL, FM, RK, AS, NR, RB, NH, MS, VP, SB, JA, PdlR, KK, HK, JT, TG, BS, LDG, KC