Kimi Raikkonen secured third place, and Sebastian Vettel, with electrical problems in his car, could do no better than 16th place.
Montreal, 6 June –Qualifying produced mixed fortunes for Scuderia Ferrari today in Montreal. Kimi Raikkonen secured third place with a lap in 1.15.014 at the end of a very closely contested session held under sunny skies at the Gilles Villeneuve circuit. Pole went to Lewis Hamilton, who produced a 1.14.393 in his Mercedes.
Sebastian Vettel was out of luck this afternoon in Canada. The German was stopped with an electrical problem at the start of Q1. The engineers managed to get him out on track with a few minutes remaining, but Sebastian encountered further issues with the electrical system, which meant he could do no better than 16th place with a time of 1.17.344.
Kimi Raikkonen: “The car has been feeling good all weekend. We had no problems, apart from the one Sebastian had in qualifying, and everything ran smoothly. We have been making sure that all the small details were correct, we have learned from the past difficult races how small things can make a big change and enable you to get the result you want .We still have some work ahead, obviously we are not happy to finish third in the grid but in the race we’lll try to do better.
It’s hard to say what will happen tomorrow but at least we did a better qualifying than normal and we’ll be in a better position for the race. So far it has been ok but tomorrow is the big day. I expect that we can be stronger and challenge for a competitive race . The weather has been tricky these days, so it will be a bit of uncertain tomorrow. Tonight we are going to analyse a lot of data and will try to make the right decisions”.
Sebastian Vettel: “Right from the start we didn’t have the full power available, so when I went out for the first run we tried to fix the problem, but we couldn’t. Due to the lack of power we couldn’t make it further. For sure we have to investigate but I don’t think that there’s anything to do with the engine. I think it has more to do with the electronical side, but I am confident that we can fix the problem in time for tomorrow’s race. We have plenty of tyres and anything can happen. We have a strong car and a strong pace, so I should be able to score good points. The problem we had this morning in FP3 was completely unrelated.”