Hamilton seeks redemption with Canadian GP pole

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There may be no better way to put a debacle behind you than registering a terrific performance at the very next grand prix. That’s exactly what Lewis Hamilton has done by securing pole position for the 2015 Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix.

Clearly a power circuit, the current location for the Canadian Grand Prix has been on an island in the middle of the St. Lawrence Seaway in Montreal. Mercedes struggled here last year with brake issues but they seem to still have the pace on a high-power circuit to keep all other competitors at bay.

As a power circuit, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, Williams F1’s Felipe Massa and McLaren’s Jenson Button all struggled with power unit niggles that hampered their qualifying with the 2009 champion, Button, failing to even participate int eh session.

The circuit, hungry for power and shunning downforce, would logically favor the Mercedes, you’d be forgiven for thinking the Williams (Mercedes-powered) would do well here and they have but what you may not have planned on was the resurgence of Lotus with a brilliant  5th and 6th for Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado respectively.

Sure, the power unit has a lot to do with the result here in Canada but even if you ascribe that as an 80% impact, that Lotus chassis has either made effective upgrades or is just a low-downforce creature.

Equally, you may not have expected Force India in what is, effectively, a souped-up 2014 chassis to secure 7th and 10th but they have and it is a much-needed result if they can convert that to points on Sunday.

One of the key points, Rosberg versus Hamilton not withstanding, is the battle between Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen. The two Finnish drivers will make the second row of the grid and both are hovering around each other in the Driver’s Championship points battle.

Also, keep you eyes on the tire strategy as the soft and super-soft tires seem durable if not challenging to find grip on a low-grip circuit.

PosDriverCarTimeGap
1Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m14.393s
2Nico RosbergMercedes1m14.702s0.309s
3Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1m15.014s0.621s
4Valtteri BottasWilliams/Mercedes1m15.102s0.709s
5Romain GrosjeanLotus/Mercedes1m15.194s0.801s
6Pastor MaldonadoLotus/Mercedes1m15.329s0.936s
7Nico HulkenbergForce India/Mercedes1m15.614s1.221s
8Daniil KvyatRed Bull/Renault1m16.079s1.686s
9Daniel RicciardoRed Bull/Renault1m16.114s1.721s
10Sergio PerezForce India/Mercedes1m16.338s1.945s
11Carlos SainzToro Rosso/Renault1m16.042s
12Marcus EricssonSauber/Ferrari1m16.262s
13Fernando AlonsoMcLaren/Honda1m16.276s
14Felipe NasrSauber/Ferrari1m16.620s
15Sebastian VettelFerrari1m17.344s
16Felipe MassaWilliams/Mercedes1m17.886s
17Roberto MerhiMarussia/Ferrari1m19.133s
18Will StevensMarussia/Ferrari1m19.157s
19Max VerstappenToro Rosso/Renault1m16.245s
20Jenson ButtonMcLaren/Honda
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Coji

Most please with Lotus getting great starting positions.

MIE

With a high probability of a safety car, and the same issues with warming tyres as at Monaco, do you think Mercedes will call Hamilton in from the lead in this race? I’m just concerned that. They may be over cautious after what happened last time.