Canadian Grand Prix – Qualifying

We’re still mid-move (well, we’ve moved but are surrounded by boxes) so I’m taking a short break from unpacking in order to watch Quali. I watched the Azerbaijan race but missed most of Quali and haven’t had time to catch up with news, so I’ll jump straight to today’s Quali notes.

LEC has taken a handful of engine components following his Ferrari going bang in Baku, so he has a 10-place grid penalty waiting to be applied. TSU also has a pile of penalties for upgrades [F1]

Qualifying session 1 (Q1)
There were storms and torrential rain on Thursday, and more rain today so the track has spots of standing water.
RUS 1:36.688
VER 1:35.830
SAI 1:35.812
RUS 1:34.989
MAG 1:34.893
RUS 1:33.925
VER 1:33.200
SAI 1:32.781
5mins left of Q1; bottom 5 are ALB, TSU, VET, STR, LAT
VET P16
STR P17
VER 1:32.219
Yellow flag – SAI ran wide in Turn 4
(ALO P2)
Chequered flag; bottom 5 are VET, GAS, STR, LAT, TSU
GAS P16
LAT P19
Back of the grid: GAS, VET, STR, LAT, TSU*
(LEC’s penalties will drop him to P19)

LEC, ALB and SAI are all under investigation for “driving unnecessarily slowly”
Incident involving SAI – rejoining the track … no further investigation

Qualifying session 2
Many cars now on intermediate tyres, so they’ll be trying to stay close to the line created by those on full wets
Radio from HAM, “It’s definitely near the crossover” (to inters)
HAM 1:33.060
RUS 1:32.960
ALO 1:30.910
Yellow flag – ALB’s in the wall at Turn 6
ALB reverses and rejoins the track
PER in the tecpro barrier
Red flag; Q2 suspended with 9:00 on the clock
VER’s pushed back down the pit lane and into the Red Bull garage
Cars are queueing at the pit exit; all on intermediate tyres
Green light; Q2 resumes
Radio from HAM, “Drier line is starting to appear”
MAG 1:30.612
(ALB P2)
HAM 1:30.579
RUS 1:29.464
SAI 1:29.153
5mins left of Q2; bottom 5 are BOT, PER, ZHO, NOR, LEC
VER 1:27.764
BOT P9, RIC P11
ZHO P7, BOT P11
VER 1:26.270
RIC P5, OCO P11
OCO P4, ZHO P11
VER 1:25.201
SAI cut across Turn 1
(SCH P3!)
NOR pits – engine problems
Chequered flag; bottom 5 are HAM, ALB, PER, NOR, LEC
ALO 1:24.848
(RUS P2)
HAM P4, ALB P11
VER 1:23.746
OCO P8, BOT P11
Middle of the grid: BOT, ALB, PER, NOR, LEC* (*LEC will drop to P19)

Qualifying session 3
Top 10 shootout is between VER, ALO, RUS, SAI, HAM, SCH, ZHO, OCO, MAG and RIC
Everyone going out on inters – there are dry patches but there are also still some puddles
HAM 1:24.360
RUS 1:24.006
MAG P3
SCH P3
ZHO P5
VER 1:22.701
SAI P2
ALO P3
OCO P8
RIC P10 – his lap time was deleted
Order: VER, SAI, ALO, RUS, HAM, SCH, MAG, OCO, ZHO, RIC
HAM P2
RUS P2
SCH P2!
SAI P2
5mins left; order is VER, SAI, ALO, SCH, RUS, HAM, MAG, ZHO, OCO, RIC
RUS is the first to risk slick tyres – is that brave or foolish? “Bold!”
MAG P3
VER 1:21.620
RUS is on the grass at Turn 1; recovers without any damage
HAM P2
Chequered flag; order: VER, HAM, SAI, MAG, ALO, SCH, RUS, RIC, OCO, ZHO
ZHO P9
VER 1:21.299
SAI P2
OCO P7
SCH P6
ALO P2
Front of the grid: VER, ALO, SAI, HAM, MAG, SCH, OCO, RUS, RIC, ZHO

Huge cheer from the Montreal crowd for ALO 🙂
ALO: “We’ll attack Max in the first corner” – yes please!

[2022 calendar and line-up]

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