Canadian Qualifying Results 2017

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Position Driver Time
1 Lewis Hamilton 1:11.459
2 Sebastian Vettel 1:11.789
3 Valtteri Bottas 1:12.177
4 Kimi Raikkonen 1:12.252
5 Max Verstappen 1:12.403
6 Daniel Ricciardo 1:12.557
7 Felipe Massa 1:12.858
8 Sergio Perez 1:13.018
9 Esteban Ocon 1:13.135
10 Nico Hulkenburg 1:13.271
11 Daniil Kvyat 1:13.690
12 Fernando Alonso 1:13.693
13 Carlos Sainz Jr. 1:13.756
14 Romain Grosjean 1:13.839
15 Jolyon Palmer 1:14.293
16 Stoffel Vandoorne 1:14.182
17 Lance Stroll 1:14.209
18 Kevin Magnussen 1:14.318
19 Marcus Ericsson 1:14:495
20 Pascal Wehrlein 1:14:810

 

Canadian qualifying ended with Hamilton back on pole. Lewis Hamilton was presented with one of Ayrton Senna’s old helmets after qualifying as he secured his 65th pole of his career matching his hero Senna.  A very special moment for the Brit.

Vettel had to settle for P2 but this should not dishearten the German as the qualifying times were so close there is still a lot to play for. Mercedes have the speed but they have often struggled with matching Ferrari’s pace. Ferrari are also a lot better than Mercedes at managing tires.

Bottas will be frustrated after qualifying third yet again. He will be hoping to prove himself in the race.

Qualifying as everyone knows, guarantees nothing so we will have to wait and see what unfolds.

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This weekend is the Canadian Grand Prix held in the city of Montreal at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Here are a few things you should be aware of for this weekend’s upcoming Grand Prix.

Stroll’s home ground!

The home crowd have a fellow countryman to cheer on this year in the form of Lance Stroll. On his rookie year he is yet to score a point. Hopefully this weekend with the home advantage on his side he will be able to deliver.

Alonso returns…

Alonso was absent from the Monaco Grand Prix due to him competing in the Indy 500. His debut at Indianapolis was not exactly successful with him having to retire as a result of his engine failure. He will be keen to get back into the rhythm of Formula One this weekend. He is likely to be still riding a high from his brief fling with Indy. He may not be in contention for this year’s championship but he is definitely the man everyone is talking about.

Seagulls?!

Seagulls landing on the track last year caused a lot of discussion between Hamilton and Vettel. Vettel claiming he was braking for the wildlife as opposed to Hamilton. Make sure to keep an eye out for any wondering wildlife on the track this weekend.

Hamilton/Vettel Mercedes/Ferrari

Who will reign supreme? Both teams are claiming that each other are the clear front runners although this year it has been very mixed so far. Hamilton and Vettel’s rivalry is growing closer and closer. It will be interesting to see how long the smiling and joking around will last this year between these two.

This upcoming race holds much anticipation but only time will tell…

 

The Season So Far…

1I have decided to start my blog 6 races into the Formula One 2017 season. Probably not the best decision but better late than never I suppose. Logically the best place to start would be to summarise what has happened so far this year. I have decided to discuss the drivers and the team changes this year and at the end I will simply state the results of the last few races. I will write a more detailed piece about the results of the Canadian Grand Prix.

It has been a very exciting start to the season. Before the 2017 season even began the reigning world champion Nico Rosberg retired from Formula One. This obviously left an empty seat in the car that won the championship so who was going to fill it was what everyone wanted to know. Valtteri Bottas was the driver that landed the very sought after seat. This caused some upset at Williams as they were now left with no drivers. At the end of the 2016 season Felipe Massa also announced his retirement. Williams did not want to start a new season with two new drivers whether they were just new to the team or rookies it would not have been an ideal situation. Williams therefore asked Massa if he would return to the team which he did. Massa is joined at Williams by rookie Lance Stroll. Stroll was originally intended to be Massa’s replacement. Stroll is yet to score any points this year and has received a lot of criticism. However, Williams’s deputy team principal Claire Williams has been quick to defend the young driver. Daniel Riccardo and Max Verstappen remain as Red Bulls two drivers. There is also no change at their sister team Toro Rosso with Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz Jr. completing the line-up. There was change at Force India when Nico Hulkenburg moved to Renault. In his place the team welcomed Esteban Ocon to partner Sergio Perez. Hulkenburg got a seat at Reanult due to Kevin Magnussen turning down an offer to stay and instead moving to Haas. Magnussen replaced Gutierrez who now races in Formula E. Manor Racing went into administration in Januray of this year and as a result the team left the sport. The two Manor drivers are both still on the grid however. Ocon at Force India and Pascal Wehrlein replacing Felipe Nasr at Sauber. Jenson Button also retired from Formula One at the end of last year’s season to be replaced by McLarens reserve driver Stoffel Vandoorne. Neither of the Ferrari drivers have changed Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen staying put. Lewis Hamiton obviously remaining at Mercedes and Fernando Alonso at McLaren. Romain Grosjean, Jolyon Palmer and Marcus Ericsson retained their seats at Haas, Renault and Sauber respectively.

Current Teams and Drivers

Team Driver
Mercedes Valtteri Bottas Lewis Hamilton
Ferrari Kimi Raikkonen Sebastian Vettel
Red Bull Daniel Ricciardo Max Verstappen
Toro Rosso Daniil Kvyat Carlos Sainz Jr.
Force India Esteban Ocon Sergio Perez
Williams Felipe Massa Lance Stroll
McLaren Fernando Alonso Stoffel Vandoorne
Haas Romain Grosjean Kevin Magnussen
Renault Nico Hulkenberg Jolyon Palmer
Sauber Marcus Ericsson Pascal Wehrlein

Current Drivers Standings

Driver Team Australian GP Chinese GP Bahrain GP Russian GP Spanish GP Monaco GP Current Total
Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 25 18 25 18 18 25 129
Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 18 25 18 12 25 6 104
Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 15 8 15 25 6 75
Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 12 10 12 15 18 67
Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 12 10 15 15 52
Max Verstappen Red Bull 10 15 10 10 45
Sergio Perez Force India 6 2 6 8 12 34
Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso 4 6 1 6 8 25
Felipe Massa Williams 8 8 2 2 20
Esteban Ocon Force India 1 1 1 6 10 19
Nico Hulkenberg Renault 2 4 8 14
Romain Grosjean Haas 4 1 4 9
Kevin Magnussen Haas 4 1 5
Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 4 4
Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 2 2 4
Jolyon Palmer Renault 0
Marcus Ericsson Sauber 0
Lance Stroll Williams 0

Hello!

helloMy name is Caitlin and I am a Formula One fan. I have been a fan of the sport for a few years now. I find it very frustrating how male dominated the sport is. Formula One is also aimed mostly at men. There are many sports that are aimed predominantly at men; Formula One is not alone in this regard. I personally have found that anytime I tell someone male or female that I like Formula One I am met with a surprised look and questions as to how and why I like it. I wanted to start this blog as a place where I can talk about Formula One. I am definitely not expert on the sport but I am an avid and enthusiastic fan. I am not planning on tailoring this blog to an exclusively female demographic. I just wanted a place where I can share my thoughts and views on the sport as a woman.