Sidepodcast // All for F1 and F1 for all

F1Minute // Bitesize Formula One news

Rosberg pips teammate to pole in Canada, with Vettel not far behind // Crashes bookend the grid deciding sessions in Montreal

Published by Christine

Rosberg pips teammate to pole in Canada, with Vettel not far behind
Credit: Lotus F1 Team
Rosberg pips teammate to pole in Canada, with Vettel not far behind audio waveform
00:01:00
Slow

Qualifying got underway with only five drivers to be knocked out in the first session – after Esteban Gutiérrez was unable to participate. The Sauber driver crashed during final practice which left the team with too much repair work to do in too short a time. Along with the four backmarker drivers, Pastor Maldonado dropped out in Q1, after his Lotus stopped with a power unit problem.

Q2 saw Adrian Sutil only attempt one flying lap and finishing that session last. Nico Hülkenberg narrowly missed out on getting into the top ten, with teammate Sergio Pérez also dropping out.

The final shootout for pole position was naturally between the two Mercedes drivers. Lewis Hamilton’s practice domination saw him the favourite but he was pipped to the post by Rosberg – the pair split by less than a tenth of a second. Sebastian Vettel was third fastest, with the two Williams drivers just behind him.