2008 Canadian F1 GP – Saturday practice and qualifying

No rain today but still it was an eventful practice session this morning in Montreal. That was after rather quiet first fifteen minutes. After that all the teams tried to make up for the time they lost while the track was wet on Friday morning. Some were trying too hard, 2 cars hit the wall – Bourdais and Vettel, Nelson Piquet skilfully parked it right next to the wall. Vettel did enough damage to his car to miss the qualifying … Bourdais damaged his gearbox and got himself 5 place grid penalty for Sunday race. For the record Nico Rosberg was the fastest man on track in the morning session.

Morning practice suggested that perhaps we could see some surprise from Toro Rosso in qualifying. Vettel however was not able to take part in qualifying and the best Bourdais could manage was 16th just behind 15th Nelson Piquet. Jenson Button did not make it to Q2 for the first time this season after what looked like some mechanical problems. The other 2 looser spots went as usual to Force India cars.

It was much more exciting in Q2. Both Timo Glock and Kazuki Nakajima were getting very close to Q3 but at the end the only unusual name in top 10 was Rubens Barrichello. Mark Webber was very impressive, finished Q2 in 5th place but unfortunately spun off on the way back to pits and was not able to take part in Q3. Already in Q2 the track was visibly deteriorating and drivers were not able to match their Q1 times. The track conditions only got worse in Q3 and so the final session turned into sort of a gamble. Lewis Hamilton occupied the top spot for most of the time. Kimi Raikkonen was able to go faster in sectors 1 and 2 but not in the sector 3. Only Robert Kubica managed to claim the pole position for a while but Hamilton reclaimed it back on his final run. Renault must be excited with Alonso on P4, Williams should be very happy with P5 for Rosberg. Barrichello only made one run, probably choosing to save up fuel for the race.

The drivers seems to be attracted to the walls and I would be surprised if we have no safety car out tomorrow. If that happens, anything can happen …


2008 Canadian GP Qualifying Results

1. L. Hamilton – McLaren – 1:17.886
2. R. Kubica – BMW Sauber – 1:18.498
3. K. Rakkonen – Ferrari – 1:18.735
4. F. Alonso – Renault – 1:18.746
5. N. Rosberg – Williams – 1:18.844
6. F. Massa – Ferrari – 1:19.048
7. H. Kovalainen – McLaren – 1:19.089
8. N. Heidfeld – BMW Sauber – 1:19.633
9. R. Barrichello – Honda – 1:20.848
10. M. Webber – Red Bull – no time

Q2
11. T. Glock – Toyota – 1:18.031
12. K. Nakajima – Williams – 1:18.062
13. D. Coulthard – Red Bull – 1:18.238
14. J. Trulli – Toyota – 1:18.327
15. N. Piquet – Renault – 1:18.393

Q3
16. S. Bourdais – Toro Rosso – 1:18.916 (will get 5 place grid penalty)
17. A. Sutil – Force India – 1:19.108
18. G. Fisichella – Force India – 1:19.165
19. J. Button – Honda – 1:23.565
20. S. Vettel – Toro Rosso – no time

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1. Sebastian VETTEL
2 Mark WEBBER
Ferrari
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4. Felipe MASSA
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6. Sergio PEREZ
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