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2018 Canadian Grand Prix grid

2018 Canadian Grand Prix

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Final starting grid for the 2018 Canadian Grand Prix.

Row 1 1. Sebastian Vettel 1’10.764
2. Valtteri Bottas 1’10.857
Row 2 3. Max Verstappen 1’10.937
Red Bull
4. Lewis Hamilton 1’10.996
Row 3 5. Kimi Raikkonen 1’11.095
6. Daniel Ricciardo 1’11.116
Red Bull
Row 4 7. Nico Hulkenberg 1’11.973
8. Esteban Ocon 1’12.084
Force India
Row 5 9. Carlos Sainz Jnr 1’12.168
10. Sergio Perez 1’12.671
Force India
Row 6 11. Kevin Magnussen 1’12.606
12. Brendon Hartley 1’12.635
Toro Rosso
Row 7 13. Charles Leclerc 1’12.661
14. Fernando Alonso 1’12.856
Row 8 15. Stoffel Vandoorne 1’12.865
16. Lance Stroll 1’13.590
Row 9 17. Sergey Sirotkin 1’13.643
18. Marcus Ericsson 1’14.593
Row 10 19. Pierre Gasly 1’13.047
Toro Rosso
20. Romain Grosjean No time

*Required to start from the back of the grid due to power unit parts changes
**Did not set a time in Q1, has been granted stewards’ permission to start.

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50 comments on “2018 Canadian Grand Prix grid”

  1. Another weekend where Hamilton doesn’t show up. The so called master here was made to look very poor indeed. I think he’ll leave F1 at the end of the season as he’s clearly passed it.

    1. You obviously don’t know anything about Lewis Hamilton or F1 in general

  2. Kimi p3?

        1. @david-br Yes, I knew it and subsequently realized my error. Keith’s typo led me to a mistake myself, LOL.

    1. Wrong list, Keith will corect it, I guess.

  3. I was pretty sure Ferrari and even Mercedes were playing games with RBR given how close they finished behind VER is the FPs and they’ll apply the decisive punch in Q3.

    BTW, didn’t watch what happened so far, did RBR have an updated Renault engine this race or not? Also, Ferrari or Mercedes received updated engines?

    1. Renault and Ferrari have new engine.

    2. @mg1982
      Renault and Ferrari yes, while Mercedes postponed introduction of the engine due to reliability concerns.

    3. @mg1982 – I believe that in the Ferrari works team, only Vettel is running the updated engine, since Kimi picked up a replacement engine (of the original spec) after his engine failure in Spain. @rethla @njoydesign

  4. Very well done Max! So much pressure, not slowing down at all. Give him a party mode and let’s see.

    1. Showed he’s definitely faster than Ricciardo (who’s fast). It’s ridiculous there’s any question of his talent or his place in the team.

      1. @david-br
        There was never any question about Max talent or driving abilities. There are however many questions about his attitude and his state of mind. His great effort in qualifying are pointless if he can’t finish races.

        1. @tifoso1989 I think both attitude and state of mind are fine. His problem has been pushing too hard in some races, but nothing Vettel and Hamilton haven’t done in the past. Given they are 4x champions, I don’t see that as indication of a career-ending problem as a lot of the media (and fans) have tried to make out.

      2. Some people think Verstappen is about to loose his seat to Gasly…. amazing.

      3. Showed he’s definitely faster than Ricciardo – Hahahahahah. The cherry picking goes on and on. Yawwwwwwwwwwwwwn.

  5. VER did another great head butt. That was a perfect Q3!

    Hope he can make it even better tomorrow.

  6. So who’s third, Kimi or Max?

    1. For sure its not Kimi

    2. Max P3, Kimi P5.

  7. Michael Brown (@)
    9th June 2018, 20:13

    I was expecting Mercedes to sandbag until the last run and then comfortably lock out the front row

  8. Two misfires from Mercedes with the lack of practice on hypers due to under-ordering and the new engine delays. Pity as Bottas was looking good. Another mediocre effort from Hamilton, not a very good year from him so far.

    1. Whenever i see Botas out qualify Hamilton, i have to wonder what Mercedes are playing at.
      This is a track Hamilton drives in his sleep, so why he should struggle with the car now is
      going to be another one of those Mysteries.

      Those looking on F1 for its entertainment value will see the coming race for its potential as
      a classic, Hamilton vs Vestapan for 3rd place. This assume they don’t take each other out
      at the start.. It will be interesting to see if Botas manages to place Vettel under any kind
      of preassure. Some how i doubt it.

      As for Hamilton, it seems he’ll have to wait another year to equal Shumacher’s record here. ;-/

      1. He won’t be around next year. I honestly think Hamilton is starting to drop off the curve. He’s always had the occasional off weekend but so far this year he’s just seemed slow and way off form at almost every race. Apart from a good pole lap in Australia he’s been lucky to get the results he’s had and his form from late last year seems a thing of the past. Last year I was in shock at just how quick his lap was in Canada, he was faultless almost all weekend. This year he’s consistently locking wheels and seemingly overdriving the car. For a star driver who should be finding those extra fractions of a second, he’s come up short 3 times against Bottas. I’d be more surprised if he stays in F1 next year than leaves.

        1. Interesting perspective, considering he’s still strong favourite for the title this year. I don’t think it’s been vintage Hamilton this year, Bottas has been on his pace most weekends, but so far he’s doing enough to win this championship. Red bull not quite quick enough, Ferrari more likely to have grid penalties later in the year, Hamilton having the points advantage, feels like he is in the driving seat.

    2. From friday it looked like Merc and particularly Lewis had everything figured out, that said Lewis keeps 2nd guessing the team, quiet Bottas steps in and delivers. When the car is on point, Ham is way ahead of everyone, when Ferrari is good, Raikkonen is up there, one can tell these patterns.
      Sainz jr being Sainz jr, only once he has beaten Hulk in qualifying, but somehow everyone loves him.

      1. Its because he was a teammate with Verstappen.

    3. As always with Ham, if the cars not right he struggles. He’s not one to hustle it around to get a result like an Alonso or a Kubica.

  9. Most of these times are off. Something happened here :)

  10. Damn, I have to say that Verstappen’s confidence and ability go hand in hand. I might have been critical of him earlier this season, but he has shown the mental fortitude to deliver a good FP/quali performance. If he continues this into the race, that’ll be quite emphatic.

    Great laps by Vettel and Bottas as well. I saw Kimi and Hamilton’s errors, but did Ricciardo make a mistake, or was that all he could deliver?

    1. @phylyp

      Dan has struggled the entire weekend, flying over those chicanes doesnt suit him.

      1. @rethla – many thanks, Gabriel! Well, let’s hope that fond memories of 2014 means that he shows better race pace and harasses the cars ahead.

    2. Max’s driving style is just like Schumi’s, he just throws the front end to the apex and this RB’s rear end just sticks.

    3. Let’s not forget the reduced free practice running due to car issues will have impacted Ricciardo’s weekend.

  11. Both McLarens are again nowhere. They can fight for a position only with Sauber and Williams. Did they bring any new parts here? They promised, but it seems they are going backwards in development race.
    Unless they are working with the new car for 2019, which will be vastly different, they are really lost.
    And Honda… gosh, they are good. Hartley managed to outpace both McLarens with the newer engine, and Gasly lost to McLaren with the older engine. Honda made some serious gains there.

    1. It’s a disgrace for the best driver on the grid to be languishing so far back. Time for Alo to look elsewhere.

  12. Assuming KC’s list is an error and Mad Max and Hamilton are P3 and P4 respectively, the start should be interesting. Max pulls to the left wanting to use his hypersofts to advantage while Hamilton pulls to the right trying to get the jump on his teammate….and….:)

    1. @loup-garou Wrong way. Odd numbered positions start on the left in Canada.

      1. Wrong way. Odd numbered positions start on the left in Canada.

        Sorry, my bad. Anyway, the start should be interesting with those two in the second row.

    2. There’s a song by Roxette that comes to mind…

      (yes, I’m probably dating my age with this reference!)

  13. The english dominating F1 TV/press and Alonso are FRAUDS!
    Hyping a midfiled driver for 12 years.

    Alonso hasn’t done anything since 2006, mass dampers, michelin,
    spygate costs of $100 milllions, deliberate crashing……….

    Today he was beaten by a Rookie in a SAUBER.


  14. Apart from being on P4, Hamilton has to start on a dodgy set of ultrasoft tyres, one of which was flatspotted in Q2. That could affect both his speed in the race as well as how long the set lasts, forcing an earlier change.

    1. Don’t you think that if the tires were flat spotted the team would have sent him out on a new set to better his time set? Read between the lines sometimes…

      1. I thought they did send him out a second time .. on a set of hypers .. didn’t they ?

  15. David (@davidjwest)
    9th June 2018, 23:25

    Red Bull will have the quickest car in race trim based on those qualifying times, question is does it have the speed to overtake the Ferrari and Mercedes ahead?

    First few laps could be epic with Max on the grippier tyre, then again!

    I really think it’s a fight between the top 4 and I wouldn’t rule out Kimi or Daniel completely either.

    Hopefully we have a race as good as qually has set up.

    Anyone seen speed trap data?

    1. They were all within 2.5 kph in the speed trap.

      I think you’re right, RB will be very quick in the race.

    2. @davidjwest
      You’re right. The top 4 all have a decent shot at the win. Max is starting with the softest tyre… Seb starts on pole.. Bottas and Mercedes have something up their sleeve in terms of strategy. And while the top 3 might be battling it out and looking at out strategise each other, Lewis could pull something sneaky off in terms of strategy to turn the race around. I’m not pinning much hopes on Dan and Kimi. Especially Kimi as I expect Ferrari to just use him as a pawn to help Sebastian here.

  16. @davidjwest @srga91

    RB where 10km/h slower in their first Q3 run with two purple first sectors and a terrible third. After that they probably changed something in the garage and came out doing a yellow midsector but roughly 6-8km/h faster in the speedtrap and setting their fastest laptime.

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