Canadian GP qualifying as it happened

Text and video highlights of qualifying for the Canadian GP, where Nico Rosberg beat Lewis Hamilton to pole position.

7 June 2014 Last updated at 13:34 GMT

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  1. 20:15: 
    Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton

    So Nico Rosberg beats Lewis Hamilton to pole position for the second successive race, but that was a huge benefit in Monaco - it's not so much in Canada. Overtaking is possible on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and the first corner of the first lap could be tasty.

    The battle for victory is very much on. Until tomorrow, it's goodnight from me.

  2. 20:11: 

    The time has come for me to take my leave. Thanks for your company and contributions. Here's Andrew Benson's qualifying report. We'll have video highlights of the session up on the site later this evening.

    I'll be back tomorrow at 18:00 BST to begin building up to the Canadian Grand Prix. BBC One join the part at 18:20. The lights go out at 19:00.

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    Sarah Canavan: Nice to see Vettel back up there in the top 3 for tomorrow's race. Hopefully his luck won't turn like in Monaco.

    Elistraeebc: Watch out for an early Lewis overtake. Master of overtaking on a track you can overtake on

    JamesT1980: Everybody expected Lewis to nab that one!! Well done Nico storming lap.

  4. 20:08: 
    Nico Rosberg

    Mercedes' Nico Rosberg, who will start on pole tomorrow, adds: "Naturally I'm happy - first place is awesome - we have been just been improving all through the weekend." Looking ahead to tomorrow, the German says: "It'll be a great race for sure - against Lewis I imagine. I just have to work hard on the strategy tonight to see what I have to do to stay in front."

  5. 20:04: 
    Lewis Hamilton

    Does Lewis Hamilton think he can challenge for victory tomorrow? "Time will tell," says the Briton. "Nico did a great job and I didn't. I'm going to work hard to get the best for tomorrow.

    "Both my laps weren't great - sometimes you do good laps, sometimes you don't. We'll work on it tonight - it's difficult to overtake a driver in the same car, especially when Nico's driving so well."

  6. 20:00: 
    Sebastian Vettel

    Lee McKenzie has grabbed Sebastian Vettel for a chat: "It was very tight," says the German. "I was not so happy with the lap - the first sector I lost a lot of time but the second two were good.

    "A couple of weeks ago you would have expected that all the Mercedes-powered cars would be at the front. We're not on their level yet but strategy will maybe have a few surprises with 70 laps in the race.

    "Last year there were surprises with the super-soft tyres. Getting the winner's trophy at the end is the target but we have to make sure we get the best result."

  7. 19:55: 

    "Sixth [compared with Sebastian Vettel's third] is a bit depressing - but that's the facts," says Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo. "It was close fight on our hands and we paid price the price not to get it right.

    "We could have been there but we are a few places back. I was disappointed with the last run - I'm a bit frustrated now. But it's not the end of world - we can still have good race."

  8. 19:50: 

    Ferrari's Fernando Alonso tries to put a brave face on his team's struggles in qualifying. "Yeah, we made progress compared to the last race," says the Spaniard.

    "Some of the package and some of the new pieces we brought here, with the hot temperatures, we need to come back to the old ones because they run too hot so we lost a bit of the advantage we expected here."

    "Red Bull and Williams have been better than us here and tomorrow is going to be tough but we need to try and overtake them because we need those points."

  9. 19:46: 

    As usual, Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen kept his interview short and sweet. "I only had one try so what more to expect? I was sliding around a bit on the lap, it didn't feel right, I could have gone faster but it's probably where our speed is."

  10. 19:43: 

    Massa's team-mate Valtteri Bottas starts one place and one row further up the grid in fourth.

    "We need to be happy with the second row, tomorrow is going to be interesting. I know we have good race pace, unlike last year, so yeah.

    "The last try in Q3 with the second set of tyres was compromised with a slow out lap due to traffic but yeah, it's OK.

    "We do have really good straight-line speed. We have to have a good start and good strategy. If we can keep both cars in the race, we can get good points. We need to aim for perfection in every single area tomorrow."

  11. 19:40: 

    Williams' Felipe Massa shares Rob Smedley's disappointment on missing out on third place behind the Mercedes. "I expected third," say the Brazilian.

    "I think it was not a perfect lap and when you see the difference between third and sixth, it was so close.

    "So definitely I missed some hundredths and third. I'm a bit disappointed for that but feel happy for the car we have."

  12. 19:36: 

    "Sebastian just went for it, he strung it all together," says Red Bull team boss Christian Horner after watching Sebastian Vettel finished third fastest in qualifying. "In Q2, he was on the brink of getting knocked out so to come back from that and deliver in Q3, I think that's got to be his best qualifying of the season."

  13. 19:32: 

    "I was expecting a bit more from both of them," says Williams head of vehicle performance Rob Smedley after his drivers finished fourth and fifth.

    "I thought we had the legs to be third today so that's a bit of disappointing.

    "But I'm happy for where we are. The drivers have done a good job and in the end, it just came down to those final few thousandths."

  14. 19:28: 

    Interested in seeing how good Nico Rosberg's pole lap was? Well you can watch it here - all 1:14.874 of it.


    Mercedes: Congrats to our friends @WilliamsRacing: a fine performance to take P4/5!

  16. 19:23: 

    It was an impressive lap from Sebastian Vettel, who has been on pole in Canada on the last three occasions.

    "Yeah the start of the last lap was not great," says the four-time world champion who will start third. "I still didn't get the first sector right. The second one I found a significantly better line so all in all it was a very good result.

    "There are four or five cars within about five or six hundredths of each other - the Williams are really quick here.

    "It's a long race so the strategy could be a bit of a surprise. Williams have a very quick car down the straight."

  17. 19:20: 

    "They were really matching each other," says Mercedes co-team boss Toto Wolff. "It's exciting having a Williams up at the front too, which hasn't happened in recent races."

    Let's not forget that Williams is Wolff's former team and it's where his wife Susie Wolff is a development driver.

    "They [Hamilton and Rosberg] are pushing each other and they are constantly looking at the data trying to find how they can make up time on each other."

    When asked about where Hamilton lost time in the final part of qualifying, Wolff added: "In the second run he lost out in the second sector and if your team-mate is really quick as well there's no margin for error."

  18. 19:17: 
    Lewis Hamilton

    "Nico did a fantastic job so congratulations to him," says Lewis Hamilton, who will start second. "It was not a particularly [bad lap], it just wasn't the greatest qualifying - sometimes you have a good qualifying, sometimes you have bad qualifying.

    "But it's a great to get a one-two for the team and a fantastic performance. Let's hope we can make history tomorrow."

  19. 19:13: 
    Nico Rosberg

    "I know it's a track where Lewis is really strong," says pole-sitter Nico Rosberg. "I'm very happy it worked out. It has been a fantastic day and through the weekend we have been progressing all the time and I'm in the best position for tomorrow."

    When asked how he managed to beat team-mate Lewis Hamilton, Rosberg said: "It's just working at it all the time, looking at the data, working with engineers and trying to understand areas where I can do better. It's just a process and I'm glad it's worked out."

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    Peter Mitchyn: Well done Nico an amazing lap to beat Lewis.

    Atukwatse Prosper: Tomorrow will be amazing but this time, I know Hamilton will come out on top

    AndyT: Got to hand it to Rosberg. Clean lap, one up on Lewis there. Set up for a great race though now.

  21. 19:08: 
    Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel

    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton puts on a smile as they take their position for the top three photo. The trio then head off to the news conference.

  22. 19:06: 
    Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton

    It's set up beautifully for tomorrow, though. Nico Rosberg will have an empty road ahead but Lewis Hamilton will know he has what it takes to win around here - he is the most successful driver in Montreal following Michael Schumacher in terms of race wins.

  23. 19:05: 
    Nico Rosberg

    Nico Rosberg has never started higher than fourth in Canada and has never finished in the top four in the race.

    The German has looked a fraction slower than Lewis Hamilton all weekend, but he pulled it out of the bag when it mattered. It's a shock, because Hamilton is traditionally very quicker around this track.

  24. 19:03: 

    1) Rosberg 2) Hamilton 3) Vettel 4) Bottas 5) Massa 6) Ricciardo 7) Alonso 8) Vergne 9) Button 10) Raikkonen

    11) Hulkenberg 12) Magnussen 13) Perez 14) Grosjean 15) Kvyat 16) Sutil

    17) Maldonado 18) Chilton 19) Bianchi 20) Kobayashi 21) Ericsson

    Did not take part: Gutierrez

  25. 19:02: 

    Sebastian Vettel nails a brilliant lap to go third, with Valtteri Bottas fourth, Felipe Massa fifth and Daniel Ricciado sixth. The four drivers are separated by just 0.041 seconds. It's so, so close behind the two Mercedes cars.

  26. 19:01: 

    Lewis Hamilton had a poor middle sector and can't make up enough time in the final sequence of corners. The Briton finishes just 0.079 seconds off the pace.

  27. 19:00: 

    Nico Rosberg takes pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix.

  28. 18:59: 

    Nico Rosberg has gone even quicker! Can Lewis Hamilton respond?

  29. 18:58: 

    Kimi Raikkonen goes eighth, one tenth and one place slower than Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso.

    Meanwhile, Nico Rosberg has got out ahead of Lewis Hamilton for the final part of qualifying, just like he did in Monaco.

  30. 18:57: 

    Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen has decided to do just the one run and has just started his quick lap.

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    Adam Craig: @danielricciardo throwing the car around the track and beating Vettel literally one handed.

  32. 18:56: 

    There's a bit of a lull in the action as the drivers head back to the pits to change tyres ready for one final run.

  33. 18:55: 

    Daniel Ricciardo - who takes one hand off the steering wheel during his quick lap - goes fifth, four tenths quicker than Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel. The Australian just keeps delivering.

  34. 18:54: 

    Advantage Nico Rosberg as the German goes quickest, a fraction quicker than Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton can manage. Felipe Massa slots into fourth with Sebastian Vettel fifth and Fernando Alonso sixth.

  35. 18:53: 

    Williams' Valtteri Bottas clocks a 1:15.550 to go quickest - although he is the only driver to have set a lap time so far.

  36. 18:52: 

    Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg head out on track for the first time, along with the Ferrari of Fernando Alonso and Williams' Felipe Massa.

    BBC F1 analyst Allan McNish

    "I've written down a one minute 14.85secs for what I think will be the pole lap."

  38. 18:51: 
    Valtteri Bottas

    Valtteri Bottas is the first man out on track in this session. The Williams driver is afforded a huge round of the applause from the crowd in the grandstands at Turn One.

  39. 18:50: 

    There's no rush to get out on track with everyone content to stick it out in the garage for now.

  40. 18:49: 
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    Let the battle for pole commence...

  41. 18:48: 

    From third to 10th, there's just half a second separating the drivers. It's going to be so close for the battle for places behind the Mercedes drivers.

  42. 18:45: 

    "I just lost the rear trying to push," says Caterham's Marcus Ericsson, who crashed out of qualifying in Q1. "It's been a tough weekend, we are struggling to get the grip in the tyres." When asked if he was pushing for a time on that lap, he said: "Yes definitely."

  43. 18:44: 

    It's a great final lap from Daniel Ricciardo in that session to pip reigning world champion team-mate Sebastian Vettel by just over a tenth.

  44. 18:43: 

    1) Hamilton 2) Rosberg 3) Massa 4) Bottas 5) Ricciardo 6) Vettel 7) Alonso 8) Button 9) Raikkonen 10) Vergne

  45. 18:42: 

    11) Hulkenberg 12) Magnussen 13) Perez 14) Grosjean 15) Kvyat 16) Sutil

  46. 18:41: 

    Both Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton improved - and improved significantly - on their final laps. It looks like they were keeping their powder dry. Hamilton retains the upper hand over Rosberg, though.

  47. 18:40: 
    Lewis Hamilton

    Lewis Hamilton finishes fastest in the second part of qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix.

  48. 18:39: 

    Sebastian Vettel leaves it late but pops in the fifth quickest time under pressure. That'll ensure his presence in the pole position shoot-out.

  49. 18:38: 

    Valtteri Bottas goes second quickest to give Williams a one-two. What a weekend the Grove-based team are having so far.

  50. 18:37: 

    Force India's Sergio Perez is in a spot of bother, crossing the line in the 12th fastest time with only two and a half minutes remaining. He won't have time to pit and get a new set of tyres, so the Mexican will have to make do with what he's got.

  51. 18:35: 

    Kevin Magnussen goes ninth fastest, pushing Jean-Eric Vergne into the drop zone.

    BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter Jennie Gow

    "Rosberg's radio is now working again - just in time for him to be told he's in second place behind Massa."

  53. 18:33: 

    Sebastian Vettel, Romain Grosjean, Daniil Kvyat, Sergio Perez, Adrian Sutil and Kevin Magnussen are currently in the drop zone with six minutes remaining.

  54. 18:32: 

    Nico Rosberg goes second fastest on the super-soft tyre, with Felipe Massa retaining the lead. Lewis Hamilton, also on the super-soft tyre, can't beat Massa either and goes third. Remarkable scenes - is does appear the Mercedes are struggling to find that pace on the super-soft tyres.

  55. 18:30: 

    Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen kisses the wall at Turn Four, almost taking the camera with him, but he lives to fight another day.

  56. 18:28: 

    Felipe Massa sets the early pace, the Brazilian clocks a 1:15.773, one tenth quicker than Williams team-mate Valtteri Bottas. It's looking like these two will fight it out for the second row.

    Considering the pace they showed in pre-season testing and throughout the season so far, they haven't really delivered the number of points to back that up. A strong qualifying here will keep them clear of the Turn One chaos and give them every chance in race.

  57. 18:25: 

    Adrian Sutil heads out in the Sauber along with Force India's Nico Hulkenberg and Williams' Valtteri Bottas.

  58. 18:24: 

    It's time for the second part of qualifying with another six drivers getting the boot.

    BBC F1 chief analyst Eddie Jordan

    "The reality is, Marcus Ericsson a young driver, but he's putting the team under pressure. They have to spend the night repairing the car and it costs money."

  60. 18:22: 

    1) Hamilton 2) Magnussen 3) Rosberg 4) Button 5) Massa 6) Bottas 7) Hulkenberg 8) Kvyat 9) Alonso 10) Raikkonen

    11) Ricciardo 12) Vergne 13) Vettel 14) Sutil 15) Grosjean 16) Perez

  61. 18:21: 

    17) Maldonado 18) Chilton 19) Bianchi 20) Kobayashi 21) Ericsson

    Did not take part: Gutierrez

  62. 18:20: 

    Lewis Hamilton finishes fastest in the first part of qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix.

  63. 18:19: 
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    Marcus Ericsson wasn't even on a hot lap. "I think that was down to a lack of concentration," says BBC co-commentator David Coulthard.

    The crowd cheer as Ericsson climbs out of the car and walks away, leaving his helmet firmly on. I don't think he'll want to talk to anyone, about anything, for a while.

  64. 18:18: 

    Caterham's Marcus Ericsson makes a rookie error and clatters into the barriers bringing out the red flag.

  65. 18:17: 

    Pastor Maldonado's miserable luck continues as he parks his Lotus down the escape road at Turn Three.

  66. 18:16: 

    Kevin Magnussen bolts on the super-soft tyres and goes second quickest in the McLaren. Red Bull tell Sebastian Vettel that the team have decided not to do another run in this session. He's currently 13th with only the top 16 going through.

  67. 18:15: 

    Good lap for Jenson Button, who goes fifth quickest in his McLaren.

    Meanwhile, Sergio Perez puts a wheel on the grass on the entry to Turn Three, destabilising the car and sending him spinning into the run-off. He keeps it out of the barriers, though, and soon rejoins.

  68. 18:14: 

    Jules Bianchi, Pastor Maldonado, Daniil Kvyat, Marcus Ericsson, Kamui Kobayashi and of course Esteban Gutierrez - who is not taking part in this session - are in the drop zone.

  69. 18:13: 

    Lewis Hamilton's second flying lap is an absolute corker, the Briton clocking a 1:15.750. That'll comfortably see him through to Q2, so it's no surprise to see the Briton head back to the garage to take it easy for the rest of the session. Five minutes remaining.

  70. 18:12: 
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    Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado makes a mistake at the final chicane and takes it out on the underside of the car as he bounces across large yellow kerb to rejoin.

  71. 18:10: 

    Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo - the only driver other Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg to finish on the podium more than once this season - goes sixth quickest, with his team-mate Sebastian Vettel slotting into seventh.

  72. 18:09: 

    Mercedes ask Nico Rosberg if he can hear them on team radio because they can't hear him. The German is second quickest, three tenths quicker than the Williams of Felipe Massa.

  73. 18:08: 

    Lewis Hamilton recovers from his off to respond to Nico Rosberg's leading time with a lap that's one and a half tenths quicker.

  74. 18:07: 

    Nico Rosberg moves to the top of the pile, the German clocking a 1:16.690, with Felipe Massa leapfrogging team-mate Valtteri Bottas into second.

  75. 18:06: 

    It's a lock-up for Lewis Hamilton at Turn One, the Briton choosing to cut the corner before rejoining the track after Turn Two. No drama as there's still 12 minutes remaining.

  76. 18:04: 

    Valtteri Bottas is the early pacesetter, the Finn going top with a 1:17.696, a few thousandths quicker than Williams team-mate Felipe Massa. Sergio Perez slots into third in the Force India.

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    Rhys Carter: 1st Lewis 2nd Nico 3rd Riccardo

    Char: Nico, Hammy, Ricciardo, Alonso, Vettel

    Martyn: Hamilton, Rosberg, Massa :-)

    SwiffyC: ‏Bottas can repeat last year behind the Mercs.

  78. 18:02: 

    Felipe Massa, Nico Rosberg and Valtteri Bottas are among the drivers to head out early in the session. They've all chosen the soft (prime) tyre.

  79. 18:01: 

    We've got a track temperature of 44C with an ambient temperature of 24.

  80. 18:00: 

    The waiting is over. Let qualifying begin.

  81. 17:57: 

    We've got drivers in cars now with just three minutes until the first part of qualifying. As usual, the session will be split into three. The first will see the six slowest drivers knocked out, the second will see another six knocked out and that'll leave 10 to fight it out for pole position in a 12-minute shoot-out.

  82. 17:54: 
    Canadian GP

    Lewis Hamilton takes one of his racing boots off, turns it upside down and gives it a wiggle. Looks like there's a bit of debris in there. It happens to the best of us. Anyhow, racing boot now clear, Hamilton fits it, neatly does up the laces and then heads over to the shelf where his helmet, balaclava and ear plugs sit.

  83. 17:52: 

    "If we got a car on the third row, that would be a good result for us," says Red Bull boss Christian Horner. "The works Mercedes look quick, as do Williams and Ferrari. Behind that battle between Lewis and Nico, it's going to be very, very close."

  84. 17:48: 

    BBC F1 analyst Eddie Jordan says that "for sure, it's going to be Lewis Hamilton" for pole position this afternoon. Do you agree? Have your say on Twitter using the #bbcf1 hashtag or by texting 81111 (UK only).

  85. 17:43: 
    David Coulthard and Jenson Button

    David Coulthard and Jenson Button have nipped out on a golf buggy to do a track guide of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, which includes a funny moment when the McLaren driver brakes heavily, throwing Coulthard out of the front.

  86. 17:40: 
    Robert Kubica's epic 2007 crash at Montreal

    Earlier on, I mentioned the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix where Lewis Hamilton claimed his first Formula 1 race win. Well that was quite a race, with four safety car periods - one of which was as a result of a huge crash for Robert Kubica in the BMW Sauber at the hairpin. The Pole escaped with a sprained ankle and concussion.

  87. 17:36: 

    The sun is shining in Montreal with just under 25 minutes remaining until qualifying gets under way.

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    biogoo: Loving the 1983 Renault on #bbcf1.

    Stephen Williams: Wonder how much the insurance is for Grosjean to drive an 1980s Renault turbo?

    James Hill: Watching @allanmcnish driving the Prost Renault F1 car. Loving the sound of a proper turbo engine.

  89. 17:31: 
    Romain Grosjean

    There's a cool feature on BBC One right now where Allan McNish and Romain Grosjean take Alain Prost's legendary Renault RE40 - which won the 1983 British Grand Prix - out for a spin at Silverstone.

  90. 17:27: 

    Talking of new teams, it is also understood that a Romanian team - which former Midland, Spyker, Force India and HRT team principal Colin Kolles is involved in - is understood to have had an entry granted by the FIA and could be on the grid as early as next year.

  91. 17:24: 

    The American Formula 1 team to be set up by Gene Haas will join the grid in 2016, rather than next season. Haas, who co-owns a Nascar team, was granted entry by the FIA earlier this year but has yet to name any drivers.

  92. 17:21: 
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    Williams driver Valtteri Bottas is sounding very positive about his chances when speaking to David Coulthard. "We're looking good," says the Finn. "We have shown we're quite strong here and it's not just qually pace, it's race pace.

    "The car is sleek and low drag and really quick on the straights and on this kind of track it really helps. Mercedes are definitely strongest. Hopefully then us. It will be close with Red Bull and Ferrari for sure."

  93. 17:17: 
    Canadian GP

    Marussia CEO Graeme Lowdon says the team's main goal is to stay in the top 10 in the constructors' championship after moving into ninth with their first ever points finish in Monaco.

    "We have to be realistic," he says. "We know the task we have ahead. The key objective is to stay in the top 10. But of course we are competitive people and you get greedy once you have a taste. You want to move forward. We have to hang on to a top 10 finish - that's so important."

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    DJ: Hamilton and Rosberg's "Lets be friends" has got Team Orders written all over it!

    John Alan Edwards: I always think about JB's amazing win in the wet (swimming pool) here at Canada. Still a brilliant driver.

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  95. 17:13: 

    Esteban Gutierrez stuck his Sauber in the wall in third practice and when the car returned to the garage, the mechanics decided a chassis change was needed. As a result, the Mexican will miss the entire qualifying session.

  96. 17:10: 
    Kimi Raikkonen celebrates pole at the 2008 French Grand Prix

    Kimi Raikkonen, who joined Ferrari this season after two impressive years with Lotus, has had a tough 2014 campaign with a best finish of seventh.

    The Finn has looked stronger in Montreal so far this weekend, but his chances of taking pole position for the first time in 70 qualifying sessions are remote. For those wondering, his last pole came in at Magny Cours in France in 2008.

  97. 17:07: 
    Pastor Maldonado

    During the break between final practice and qualifying, Canadian Grand Prix organisers announced a Formula 1 contract extension for at least the next 10 years.

    The track, which first held the race in 1978 and has been absent only in two years since, has a new contract until 2024.

    As part of the long-term arrangement, organisers will invest £17.4m in upgrading the track's facilities. The paddock, one of the most cramped on the calendar, is to be improved and a new grandstand built.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "Off track, one of the pieces of news this weekend is the decision by the rule-making strategy group to cut the number of practice sessions on Friday to just one from next year. The idea is Bernie Ecclestone's. He thinks it will help the promoters by allowing practice to be staged later, attracting people who have been at work all day.

    "It is also hoped that it could reduce costs. But this has been questioned by Force India's technical director Andrew Green. He said it would not save costs because they had used Friday practice to try out new drivers, which was 'an income stream'. Mercedes executive director Paddy Lowe said the idea was to reduce consumption of parts, particularly engines, and that it could be 'reviewed' if teams felt it wouldn't save money."

  99. 17:07: 
    Sebastian Vettel's pole lap in Canada, 2013

    Red Bull's reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel has taken pole for the last three Canadian Grands Prix. However, the chances of the German making it number four are slim, very slim. Mercedes are well on top in Canada, as was proved in final practice as Lewis Hamilton finished quickest and Nico Rosberg finished third - with both setting their best time on the less durable soft tyre.

  100. 17:05: 

    Super opener to the F1 qualifying show, which is live on BBC One right now, with legendary commentator Murray Walker doing a monologue on F1 rivalries. "The gloves are off," he says.

  101. 17:03: 
    Canadian Grand Prix

    Afternoon all and welcome to our live coverage of qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.

  102. 17:00: 
    Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix

    It's June 2007 and Lewis Hamilton has just claimed his first Formula 1 pole and victory in Canada. Fast forward seven years and the Briton, with one world title under his belt, finds himself in the midst of an intense title battle with Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg. Pole position - and victory - again in Montreal would be just what the doctor ordered following the disappointment of Monaco.

  103. 16:20: 
    Canadian GP

    Lewis Hamilton has looked mighty so far this weekend and is on course for a fourth pole position on this circuit. Can anyone stop him? Join me in 40 minutes to find out. See you in a bit.

  104. 16:14: 

    Here's Andrew Benson's final practice report. You've not got long to wait for more F1 action as the BBC One F1 qualifying show starts at 17:00 BST with the session following at 18:00.

  105. 16:11: 

    So what are Mercedes playing at then? Do they have problems using the super-soft tyres? Or are they simply sandbagging?

    BBC F1 analyst Allan McNish

    "I think the Mercedes are ahead; whatever they're doing with the tyres they have a little in their pocket.

    "The battle behind them is close, with Williams, Ferrari and I suspect one of the Red Bulls might be up there, too, although perhaps not both."

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    Ryan Sandwich: Mercedes are so good that when they have a bad day they are still quickest.

  108. 16:06: 

    It's interesting that the only two drivers who set their best times on the soft tyres were Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Everyone else did their quickest time on super-softs.

  109. 16:04: 

    Hugely disappointing session for McLaren with Kevin Magnussen 12th and Jenson Button 16th. Magnussen aborted his final lap after telling his team that he extracted everything he could out of the car on the previous lap.

  110. 16:02: 

    1) Hamilton 2) Massa 3) Rosberg 4) Alonso 5) Ricciardo 6) Raikkonen 7) Bottas 8) Kvyat 9) Vergne 10) Vettel 11) Hulkenberg

    12) Magnussen 13) Grosjean 14) Perez 15) Maldonado 16) Button 17) Sutil 18) Bianchi 19) Chilton 20) Ericsson 21) Kobayashi 22) Gutierrez

  111. 16:00: 
    Lewis Hamilton

    Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton finishes fastest in final practice for the Canadian Grand Prix.

  112. 15:58: 

    Felipe Massa goes second quickest in the Williams, four and a half tenths off the pace. Impressive stuff from the Brazilian who hasn't had much luck this season but is currently outpacing team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

  113. 15:57: 

    Jennie Gow reports that having spoken to Pirelli, it seems that Mercedes are struggling more than most with degradation on the super-soft tyres which is why they haven't shown a turn of pace on that rubber.

  114. 15:55: 

    Pretty much everyone is on the super-soft tyres now, with Williams' Felipe Massa goes third quickest and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso fourth. Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen is fifth with Williams' Valtteri Bottas sixth.

  115. 15:52: 

    Kamui Kobayashi pulls off the track in his Caterham at the hairpin. It's not been a great weekend for the green cars.

  116. 15:50: 

    Lewis Hamilton tells his team that they "need to find out what happened there" following the issue on his exit from the garage.

    BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter Jennie Gow

    "Hamilton coasted out of the garage and it sounded like he couldn't engage a gear - he went out to the edge of the pit-lane and the team thought about pulling him back, but then he got going."

  118. 15:47: 

    A couple of mechanics are working on the front of Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes. The nose is off and Ben Edwards suggests they are changing a torsion bar.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "McLaren went to Canada hoping for a reasonable weekend, on a circuit that does not show up the deficiencies of the car as much as some. Jenson Button and Kevin Magnussen were eighth and ninth in second practice, but Button did what initially appeared to be a very impressive race-simulation run on the super-soft tyre. It had an average lap time slower only than the two Mercedes. But it was only three flying laps, and Button explained why it was so quick.

    "'I hammered it on the high fuel to see what would happen,' he said. 'We thought there would be graining and there was and I only did five laps on it, you definitely have to look after the rear'. Button, whose second race run also looked pretty decent, remained relatively optimistic, listing the positive points for McLaren: 'The cars are pretty good in a straight line. There aren't any high-speed corners so that's not so bad. And we have super-soft and soft tyres.' But he was not giving anything away: 'Lots of data to go through and work out what's best for the weekend,' he said."

  120. 15:45: 

    Romain Grosjean and then Sergio Perez spin at Turn Eight, possibly as a result of the dirt dragged onto the circuit by Marcus Ericsson's off at the same corner.

  121. 15:44: 
    Canadian GP

    The yellow flags are out at Turn Eight as Marcus Ericsson gets a couple of wheels on the grass and spins his Caterham. The Swede keeps it out of the barriers and continues.

  122. 15:41: 

    Kimi Raikkonen's first effort on the super-softs is good enough for third, nine tenths of a second off the pace of the Mercedes, who did their time on the soft tyres. He did improve by nine tenths, though, and will probably go quicker on his second lap on the super-soft rubber.

  123. 15:40: 

    At last, the super-soft tyres make an appearance. Kimi Raikkonen has bolted them on and headed out in his Ferrari.

  124. 15:39: 

    Interesting thoughts from Red Bull boss Christian Horner who suggests Williams will be a big threat to them this weekend. The Mercedes-powered team have looked strong so far, with Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas currently third and fourth, behind the two Mercedes.

  125. 15:37: 

    Lewis Hamilton is back on top, the Briton going quickest with a 1:15.610, half a second clear of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.

  126. 15:35: 
    Canadian GP

    There's a bit of excitement down at Turn One as Kevin Magnussen gets it all wrong on the exit, sending his McLaren pirouetting across the grass.

  127. 15:33: 

    Nico Rosberg sneaks in front of Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton at the top of the times. Just 0.058 seconds. Felipe Massa is third with Valtteri Bottas fourth.

  128. 15:31: 

    Big moment for Lewis Hamilton who clatters the kerbs at the final chicane, which destabilises the car and puts him perilously close to the Wall of Champions as he controls the slide. The Briton avoids contact with the wall, but rear wiggles as he clips the grass on the exit. It's still a great lap and he goes clear by half a second.

  129. 15:28: 

    Great final sector from Felipe Massa and the Williams driver, who has never run particularly well in Montreal, goes second quickest.


    Marussia: A problem for Max, whose car has stalled at the end of the pit lane. We are pushing him back.

  131. 15:27: 

    Alonso's time at the top doesn't last long, though, as Lewis Hamilton smashes the previous best by half a second. Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg tucks in fourth, 0.7 seconds off the pace. Everyone is still on the yellow-marked soft tyres.

  132. 15:26: 

    Fernando Alonso gives the Ferrari fans something to cheer about when he goes quickest to make it a Ferrari one-two - it's not often I've been able to say that in the last few years.

  133. 15:25: 

    Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen goes quickest with a 1:17.416, 0.076 seconds quicker than Lewis Hamilton with Felipe Massa third and Valtteri Bottas fourth.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "Listening to senior Ferrari people this weekend, it's almost as if the team has decided on a policy of pretty much admitting this season is a write-off, championship-wise. On Wednesday, Kimi Raikkonen chose a sponsor event to say he was confident the team could be contenders again 'but not this year'. On Thursday, Fernando Alonso said there were 'still important things to fight for' in 2014, but added that 'we cannot do something this year that compromises the time with next year's car'.

    "And on Friday engineering director Pat Fry said catching Mercedes would be a 'very tough challenge'. He added: 'We can certainly close some of the gap. There is an amount we can do. Closing the entire gap will be a challenge but we're allowed to update a reasonable amount of the engine through to 2015 so we need to be concentrating on that and making sure we do a good job.' That's a pretty clear message. It's almost like they planned it…"

  135. 15:23: 

    Nico Hulkenberg goes second quickest with Force India team-mate Sergio Perez slotting into third. Daniil Kvyat and Adrian Sutil complete the top five.


    Rob Manifield: I love the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. I really hope the #CanadianGP organisers can get an extension to their contract.

  137. 15:20: 
    GO! GO! GO!

    Good work from the marshals to clear the stricken Sauber and we're back under way.

  138. 15:18: 

    It's not been a great few weeks for Gutierrez. First he crashed out of Monaco, when in a points-paying position which would have been huge for Sauber who have yet to score this year.

    Now he's crashed in Montreal, although this is only practice. Still, Sauber better get the cheque book out again.

  139. 15:16: 
    Canadian GP

    Replays show that Gutierrez losts the rear of his Sauber coming through Turn Three. Rather than backing off and cutting the chicane, he tried to catch it but fails and the cars bounces into the barriers. There's damage to both the left front and left rear. The red flag is out.

  140. 15:15: 

    Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez hits the wall at Turn Four.

  141. 15:12: 

    Marcus Ericsson goes second quickest with a 1:23.937 in the Caterham. Kevin Magnussen improves his leading time to 1:18.325. Still a long way to go with most of the big hitters in the garage while the mechanics tinker with their motors.

    BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter Jennie Gow

    "Ferrari tried out a new floor on Friday, with longer rear bodywork and the cooling vents extending further back to see if they could use some of that air to help the aerodynamics. But they have gone back to the old version this morning, which is an interesting decision."

  143. 15:09: 

    Kevin Magnussen is the first driver to set a timed lap, the Dane clocking a 1:20.953 in the McLaren. Everyone else is in the garage.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:
    Felipe Massa

    "Could Williams finally grab the podium finish they have been threatening to since the start of the season. In Australia, Valtteri Bottas missed his chance when he hit a wall and got a puncture. In Bahrain, the team were scuppered by the safety car and high tyre degradation. In Canada, the track should suit them well - long straights for the Mercedes engine to stretch its legs compared to the Ferrari and Red Bull's Renault and no high-speed corners to show up the car's relative lack of downforce (although it should be pointed out that Bottas beat both Ferraris in Spain).

    "Felipe Massa [pictured] and Bottas were sixth and seventh in second practice, behind the Mercedes, Sebastian Vettel and the two Ferraris, and Massa did a highly impressive-looking race-simulation run on the soft tyre, which was only a tenth of a second off the Mercedes and well clear of anyone else. 'It was a good Friday,' the Brazilian said. 'I hope we can have a very competitive car on this track and I hope we can fight with Red Bull and Ferrari, which is never easy.'"

  145. 15:05: 

    Ferrari's Fernando Alonso backs off on the rundown to the hairpin and then cruises out of the corner while waving to the fans in the grandstands. There's always a huge Ferrari following in Montreal.

  146. 15:03: 

    Everyone out on track - which includes Nico Rosberg and Fernando Alonso - are on the soft tyres at the moment. We can expect them to switch to the super-softs later in the session in preparation for qualifying.

  147. 15:00: 
    GO! GO! GO!

    The Lotus of Pastor Maldonado is the first man out as final practice gets under way. Adrian Sutil follows him out in the Sauber with Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne not too far behind.

  148. 14:55: 

    We're live on BBC Two. Ben Edwards and Allan McNish will be your commentary team. "I think the battle is going to be who finishes third in qualifying," says McNish. "Mercedes are so far out in front."

  149. 14:52: 

    After an overcast start to the Canadian Grand Prix weekend, we've got blue skies and glorious sunshine. The track temperature is already up to around 30C, and the good news is these conditions are here to stay for the rest of the day.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:
    Fernando Alonso

    "Fernando Alonso's pace in first practice suggested Ferrari might be in better shape than for some time this weekend, and Lewis Hamilton was moved to say that he felt the Ferraris 'looked quite close'. But Ferrari were less impressive in the second session, in which Alonso slipped fractionally behind Kimi Raikkonen, who was running the team's new floor in the second session, when Alonso had it in the first.

    "Engineering director Pat Fry was equivocal about the impact of Ferrari's upgrades. 'There were quite a few bits,' he said. 'Aero; a lot of the control-system tuning; obviously reliability updates in the engine and that in itself allows us to push the engine a little bit harder as well. It's far too early to be able to say whether it's all working or not. Some things are looking promising, some we need to look into in more detail as normal really. So, yeah, reasonable and a broad spread set of developments. But we need to keep developing the car as quickly as we can really.'"

    BBC F1 commentator Ben Edwards
    St Lawrence River

    "Traffic on the way to the commentary box today."

  152. 14:46: 

    Lee McKenzie will be live on BBC Two in just under 10 minutes with third and final practice. If you're feeling super keen, why not flick it on now and you'll see the closing minutes of second practice being re-run....

    St Lawrence Seaway

    McLaren: Good morning from Montreal. Stunning view of the St. Lawrence - looks like we're in for a beaut of a day.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "Who will be best of the rest behind the Mercedes? That's a difficult one to call. Ferrari, who have aerodynamic and engine upgrades in Canada, looked quick on one-lap pace, until Sebastian Vettel flung his Red Bull around later in second practice after being delayed by a gearbox failure early on to snatch third ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso. The red and blue cars look closely matched on both one-lap and long-run pace, and Williams looked poised to be in that fight, too."

  155. 14:42: 
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  156. 14:39: 

    Lewis Hamilton will have fond memories of Montreal. The Briton scored his first Formula 1 pole and victory at the track, in what was only his sixth grand prix back in 2007. And in six visits, he has never been out-qualified by a team-mate.

  157. 14:36: 

    Third and final practice starts at 15:00 BST and lasts an hour. It's a final opportunity for teams to tweak their cars and also try a low-fuel run on super-soft tyres ahead of qualifying. The battle for pole starts at 18:00 and also lasts an hour. Before that, we'll have a full build-up show on BBC One from 17:00 with Suzi Perry, David Coulthard and Eddie Jordan. Everything will be streamed in the video console at the top of this page.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson:

    "No prizes for guessing who is going to contest pole position later on Saturday. On a track that could have been made for them, the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were once again in a league of their own in Montreal on Friday. Hamilton had the edge on one-lap pace. But it was closer than the final margin of 0.175 seconds looked because Rosberg did his time on his second flying lap on his super-soft tyres - when they would have lost their edge of grip - having run wide at the hairpin on his first lap. Rosberg said he could not have done Hamilton's time, and would spend the evening poring over the data for ways to improve. It is going to be another tough, intense, titanic battle."

  159. 14:33: 
    Daniel Ricciardo

    Afternoon all and welcome to live coverage of final practice for the Canadian Grand Prix at the spectacular Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

    The circuit is built on the man-made Ile Notre Dame island in the middle of the St Lawrence Seaway close to downtown Montreal.

    Essentially, it all long straights and hard braking with walls in close proximity to the track.

  160. 14:30: 
    Lewis Hamilton & Nico Rosberg

    So Mercedes say that they are not going to get involved in any fall-out between their drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg during this season.

    "That's something they really need to work out between themselves," said co-team boss Paddy Lowe. "I'm not going to spend any time managing the relationships between the drivers in a direct manner. It's not a school playground."

    The duo sat next to each other during an autograph signing on Thursday and are pictured above talking in the paddock on Friday. Both say they can remain friends while fighting each other for the title.

    They're saying all the right things - but what will happen when they're next in the heat of battle out on track?

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FIA Formula 1 World Championsh 2015

Position Driver Team Pts
1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes 25
2 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes 18
3 Germany S Vettel Ferrari 15
4 Brazil F Massa Williams 12
5 Brazil F Nasr Sauber 10
6 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull 8
7 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India 6
8 Sweden M Ericsson Sauber 4
9 C Sainz Toro Rosso 2
10 Mexico S Perez Force India 1
11 Great Britain J Button McLaren 0
12 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari 0
13 M Verstappen Toro Rosso 0
14 France R Grosjean Lotus 0
15 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus 0
16 Russia D Kvyat Red Bull 0
18 Finland V Bottas Williams 0


After 60 of 61 laps
Position Driver Team

Race stopped at 60 laps

1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes
2 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull
4 Spain F Alonso Ferrari
5 Brazil F Massa Williams
6 France J Vergne Toro Rosso
7 Mexico S Perez Force India
8 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India
10 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren
11 Finland V Bottas Williams
12 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus
13 France R Grosjean Lotus
14 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso
15 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham
16 France J Bianchi Marussia
17 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia
18 Great Britain J Button (ret.) McLaren
19 Germany A Sutil (ret.) Sauber
20 Mexico E Gutierrez (ret.) Sauber
21 Germany N Rosberg (ret.) Mercedes
22 Japan K Kobayashi (ret.) Caterham

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