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  1. Hamilton on pole, Rosberg 2nd, Raikkonen 3rd
  2. Bottas 4th, Grosjean 5th, Maldonado 6th
  3. Vettel and Massa out in Q1, Button missed qualifying
  4. Race on Sunday at 19:00 BST

Live Reporting

By Jamie Strickland

All times stated are UK

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  1. Thanks and goodnight

    We're going to sign off now. Thanks as ever for your company and contributions.

    We're back with you tomorrow from 17:30 BST for all the build up to the seventh round of the 2015 season, where Lewis Hamilton will start from pole.

    In the meantime, I'm off to buy a red shirt.

  2. Reasons for optimism at Ferrari

    Sebastian Vettel's 16th place in qualifying in Ferrari's worst effort in Montreal since Rubens Barrichello started 20th back in 2005 following a gearbox failure.

    On that occasion, the scarlet car came flying through the pack to finish in third place.

  3. Get involved - #bbcf1

    Peter Wanyonyi: (Nico should) respect the team, stop calling it rubbish when you messed your laps up. Very poor attitude.

    Adeel Ejaz: What are the odds of a Lotus tomorrow causing a safety car on turn 1 of first lap?!

    Trugster: Just remember Lewis, you had pole in Monaco too...

  4. Lewis Hamilton takes pole 44 after Aaron tribute


    Hamilton's 44th career pole, for the man in car 44, comes just two days after he wore a baseball shirt bearing the name of Hank Aaron, who also made the number famous.

    Aaron, who hit a career total of 755 home runs, wore the 44 shirt and hit 44 home runs in four separate seasons - 1957, 1963, 1966, 1969.

    Hamilton was given the shirt by a fan who had obviously done his homework on the significance of the number...

  5. More bother for Vettel?

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    Hearing whispers that Vettel has to go to the stewards to discuss potential offence of passing under red flag in P3.

  6. Pardew swaps Palace for Manor

    Manor on Twitter: Great to have our pal Alan Pardew in the garage for Canadian GP quali.


    Sorry Alan, you're one race too late if you were hoping to catch up with your old man, seen here at far right in Monaco in 1993...

  7. Hamilton: 'Pole feels amazing'

    Lewis Hamilton, P1: "It felt amazing. It wasn't the easiest of days. FP3 was quite tough. I didn't get any laps, mostly my fault but I got the set-up where I wanted it to be. I won my first grand prix here and to come back and finally get another pole is very special."

    Lewis Hamilton
  8. Williams eye podium finish

    Williams Head of Performance Engineering Rob Smedley to BBC Sport: "Valtteri has to race for that third position tomorrow, I firmly believe that we can race hard with Kimi."

    Valtteri Bottas has qualified fourth for tomorrow's race.

    Rob smedley
  9. Get involved - #bbcf1

    Jonathan Hutchinson: I have a feeling we're in for a cracking Canadian GP! Good to see Kimi make the top 3.... I feel a tasty battle coming up.

    Chris Brown: Most fascinating grid of the season given the mix of cars out of position? Canada always throws up some fun.

    Jack of all trades: Montreal like Monaco always brings safety cars, hope it doesn't ruin it. I expect Kimi to be quick in the race.

  10. Raikkonen 'disappointed' for team

    Kimi Raikkonen, P3: "Overall the weekend has been pretty good. Things have been as smooth as it can be. Bit disappointed for the team but we have to make a good start and go from there and see what comes out."

  11. 'It's not over yet'

    Nico Rosberg, P2: "I was on a roll, feeling good and in the end it didn't come together at all. We need to analyse what it was. But anyway, fair play to Lewis. The race is tomorrow and there's good chances to overtake. It's not over yet."

  12. Wolff: 'We're very happy'

    Toto Wolff, Mercedes team boss, tells BBC Sport: "It was very close until the last two runs. Vettel not making it into Q2 was a bit of a surprise, but we're very happy, one and two is great.

    "I think we got it slightly wrong with the tyres, we need to find out why, but still early to say. Lewis struggled a bit this morning and it wasn't perfect yesterday and it is important for him, its good for morale and good for the team.

    "Ferrari has been looking very strong. So far for us it is good that there is just one red car."

  13. Get involved - #bbcf1

    Vinny Anthony: Get in! What a master of quali Lewis is this year! Bring on tomorrow :) 44 poles car 44.

    Dougie: Another pole for Hamilton but it's too easy Mercedes are so far ahead of the other teams it's ridiculous.

    Edward Williamson: That will help to clear Lewis' head of the various chaos that's happened over the last two weeks.

  14. Top 10 times

  15. Raikkonen best of the rest

    Unsuprisingly it is the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen that takes third place on the grid. The Finn's time is over sixth tenths shy of Hamilton's pole, with Valtteri Bottas taking fourth.

    The Lotuses of Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado are next up, ahead of Force India's Nico Hulkenberg in seventh.

    Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat is eighth ahead of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, with the second Force India of Sergio Perez 10th.

  16. Mercedes team radio

    Nico Rosberg: "What a rubbish qualifying."

  17. No improvements on final runs

    It's a two-car shoot-out for pole but in the end it's a no-contest

    A 1:14.8 is no good to Nico Rosberg and he cannot usurp team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who also fails to improve on his final lap.

    Hamilton's earlier time of 1:14.393 gives Hamilton a 44th career pole - and fourth at this circuit.

  18. Pole position


  19. Post update

    Mercedes on Twitter: Bit of a lock-up for Lewis at T1 on his opening lap - there's still time...

  20. Chequered flag

  21. Heads gone at Lotus

    Inexplicable scenes at Lotus.

    The team lets both cars out together, they almost hit each other, then trundle down the pit lane side by side.

    I guess you'd call that equal treatment.

  22. Final runs coming up

    As it stands, your top 10 is:

    Hamilton, Rosberg, Raikkonen, Grosjean, Maldonado, Bottas, Hulkenberg, Kvyat, Perez, Ricciardo

  23. Get involved - quali predictions #bbcf1

    Dazzla: Those Lotuses look quicker than usual, could be interesting.

    Grapevine Grand Prix: Rosberg, Grosjean, Hamilton.

    Jono Holland: Safe bet one of the Mercs, a good bet is Raikkonen or Grosjean.

  24. Mercedes team radio

    Nico Rosberg: "I didn't have grip on the rear - no grip on the rear."

  25. Hamilton takes provisional pole

    The Mercedes boys have the super-soft tyres on and duly they go top by some margin.

    Lewis Hamilton does a 1:14.393 - half a second quicker than the pole here a year ago - to take top spot.


    Team-mate Nico Rosberg does a 1:14.702 to slot into second place.

  26. Raikkonen sets Q3 benchmark

    The Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen goes to the top of the early standings.

    A 1:15.126 is good, but bear in mind those Mercedes did 1:14.6s in Q2.

  27. Vettel rules out engine issue

    Sebastian Vettel to BBC Sport: "As soon as we went out for the first run, we didn't have the power. We tried everything to get it back, but we couldn't. I don't think it has anything to do with the engine, it is more on the electronic side.

    "It is what it is, hopefully Kimi goes fine and is able to put Ferrari where it belongs. "

  28. Green light

    The top-10 qualifying shoot-out begins.

    Hamilton v Rosberg. Who's it gonna be?

  29. Q2 round up


    11 Sainz, 12 Verstappen, 13 Ericsson, 14 Alonso, 15 Nasr

  30. Q2 round up


    1 Hamilton, 2 Rosberg, 3 Grosjean, 4 Raikkonen, 5 Bottas, 6 Maldonado, 7 Hulkenberg, 8 Kvyat, 9 Perez, 10 Ricciardo

  31. Get involved - #bbcf1

    Minty Joe: That McLaren is still a dog. Feel for Alonso.

    Simon Cree: Vettel, Massa, Alonso, Button... The old hands are dropping like flies in Montreal.

    Kyel Matin: Vettel out Q1 but I expect him to make at least 4th in the race.

  32. Post update

    Eddie Jordan

    BBC F1 chief analyst

    "Felipe Nasr's car was basically a write off. But they (Sauber) did an outstanding job given the circumstances."

  33. Alonso, Toro Rossos and Saubers out in Q2

    He was always struggling and Fernando Alonso duly goes out in Q2.

    Daniil Kvyat was in danger in the Red Bull and improved, dragging Carlos Sainz into the drop zone.

    Max Verstappen is also eliminated in 12th. He will start 20th after eight of his 15 grid-drop penalties are applied.

    The Saubers of Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr also miss out.

  34. Chequered flag

  35. Minute to go

    Final runs are under way now. It's going to be tight between the Toro Rossos, Saubers and even Red Bull.

  36. Vettel staying positive

    Sebastian Vettel talking to Jennie Gow on 5 Live: "We have a strong car, we can do a lot tomorrow. It's easier when you start in the front though."

  37. Post update

    Lotus on Twitter: Pastor then Romain out for fresh Q2 super soft runs.

  38. Post update

    Mercedes on Twitter: BOOM! 1:14.661 from Lewis! THAT was a lap!!

  39. Five minutes to go in Q2

    Your men in the drop zone at present are...

    Sainz, Verstappen, Nasr, Alonso and Ericsson.

  40. Bam! A 1:14 from Hamilton

    Hear that? That's the sound of Mercedes unleashing the beast.

    A 1:14.661 from Lewis Hamilton - the best of the weekend by a whole second.

    Good grief.

  41. Extra camera streams

    Don't forget, we have all the extra camera stream working across the whole weekend - including pit lane channel, on board, driver tracker, multiscreen and more.

  42. The long walk

    This is not what was expected today.

    An improved engine and strong performances at every round this season had Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel among the favourites to win this weekend.

    No one, but no one, saw a Q1 elimination coming.

  43. Grosjean impresses again

    Romain Grosjean posts a 1:15.916 for Lotus. Very strong pace from the Lotus - just a couple of tenths off the Mercedes' best pace so far this weekend.

    As I write that the Frenchman is knocked off top spot by the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen, who now has a real chance this weekend to claw some points back on team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

  44. Get involved - #bbcf1

    Jonathan Hutchinson: Massa & Vettel out in Q1!! Going to make tomorrow's race even more interesting!!

    Danny la Fiesta: Tomorrow's shaping up for an amazing race with Vettel and Massa at the back. Bring on Q2.

    Shohidur Rahman: That's why I love the Canadian GP. Always the most eventful race of the year.

  45. Green light

    Q2 is under way.

    Button, Massa and Vettel already out.

    What happens next?

  46. Kudos to Grosjean

    With all eyes on the battle to avoid being eliminated from qualifying, the fact a Lotus went fastest in Q1 was rather overlooked.

    Well done Romain Grosjean. The Lotus is really looking strong round here.

  47. Reaction to Vettel elimination

    Ben Edwards

    BBC F1 commentator

    "The man who is third in the championship and was looking to give Mercedes a really hard time this weekend, qualifies all the way down in 16th. Reliability is usually one of the strengths of Ferrari, but something has definitely gone wrong here."

  48. Q1 round up


    16 Vettel, 17 Massa, 18 Merhi, 19 Stevens, 20 Button

  49. Q1 round up


    1 Grosjean, 2 Rosberg, 3 Hamilton, 4 Maldonado, 5 Hulkenberg, 6 Raikkonen, 7 Verstappen, 8 Ricciardo, 9 Kvyat, 10 Bottas, 11 Sainz, 12 Ericsson, 13 Perez, 14 Nasr, 15 Alonso

  50. Williams team radio

    Felipe Massa: "No power, no power! Unbelievable."

  51. All eyes on Vettel

    Here comes the Ferrari driver towards the line - incredibly it's a shootout between him and fellow world champion Fernando Alonso to avoid falling out in Q1 - but he can't do it!

    Sebastian Vettel is 16th and eliminated!


  52. Massa out!

    Felipe Massa has been eliminated in Q1 after complaining of no power in the Williams.

    Vettel is also eliminated as it stands but he JUST got across the line for a final lap before the chequered flag came out.

  53. Hamilton still looking ragged

    Another session, another scare for Lewis Hamilton, this time bouncing over the kerbs at the final turn.

  54. Vettel heading out...

    Pressure very much on the German to get a clean lap in with just two minutes left.

  55. Nasr out after hasty rebuild

    Special mention to the Sauber mechanics, who have worked wonders to rebuild Felipe Nasr's car a crash in FP3 that left the rookie's motor looking decidedly second-hand.

  56. Post update

    Mercedes on Twitter: How close can you get?! Rosberg now goes P1 with a 1:15.893 - just 2 thousandths clear of Hamilton!

  57. Vettel facing early elimination

    OK, we're getting to the business end of this session with just five minutes left.

    With Jenson Button already out, the men in danger are Felipe Massa, Will Stevens, Roberto Merhi and Sebastian Vettel, who has still not set a lap in the Ferrari after that early problem.

  58. Spin for Maldonado

    The Lotus man has lost it through the first turn, which I think I'm right in saying is the first time he's got it wrong this weekend.

    So there will be no cheap gags being made by me.

  59. Ferrari team radio

    Sebastian Vettel: "OK, there's something wrong." Team: "We have a problem with the MGUH. Box."

  60. Wild from Fernando

    A wonderfully lurid moment through the final turn by Fernando Alonso there, the lone McLaren wiggling over the kerbs by the Wall of Champions.

  61. Green light

    The first qualifying session for the Canadian Grand Prix begins.

  62. Get involved - quali predictions #bbcf1

    Jeremiah Kariuki: Despite an awful morning for Lewis, this may be his 44th Pole! Easy for him to overcome the odds in a circuit he loves to toy around!

    John Howard: Hamilton is one driver that can jump in a car cold and bang in a perfect lap. Ferraris the danger.

    Edward Williamson: Sad to say, I can't see Lewis getting pole today. Too much going on distracting him. Reckon it will be Rosberg, Vettel, Hamilton.

  63. Get involved - smouldering Smedders #bbcf1

    It seems there's a Rob Smedley appreciation society on Twitter.

    A few of you are going all gooey-eyed over the dishy Williams man...


    SusieAH: Ooo Smedders...

    WelshRacer: Ages since he's been on the telly - Mr Darcy

    Stephanie Isherwood: ROB!!!

    Rebecca Odedun: *ROB SMEDLEY ALERT*

  64. Zing!

    little chef

    "You two look like you're working in a Little Chef or something," says Red Bull boss Christian Horner.

    Well batted that man.

  65. Williams confident ahead of quali

    Williams Head of Performance Engineering Rob Smedley to BBC Sport: "We have got all the major boxes ticked, so I am reasonably confident. I would like to understand where other people are, but it just means that we will be conservative in qualifying."

  66. Get involved - quali predictions #bbcf1

    James Counter: Hamilton may have been slightly compromised, but he has been faster in FP1 and FP2, he also loves the track.

    FP_Passion: Even if Nico gets the pole, Lewis will be close... so anything can happen on Sunday!

    James: Kimi is looking good for first row, second row at least.

  67. Droopy drawers

    Lewis Hamilton

    The driver of car number 44, Lewis Hamilton, is bidding for his 44th career pole position today.

    His first pole, by happy coincidence, was achieved in Canada in his rookie 2007 season.

    The following day, he won his maiden grand prix.

  68. Today's arena of battle

    mercedes top speeds
  69. Post update

    Ben Edwards

    BBC F1 commentator

    View from the commentary box of the final corner, Champions Wall to the right; will it remain unsullied in this session?

  70. F1 rewind excitement

    F1 Rewind was a belter today, what?

    Suzuka 1989, Monaco 1992 and Donington 1993, all enveloped in the creamy goodness of an interview with Murray Walker. That's as good as it gets really.

    So why, I'm asking myself, did I got most animated when the BMS Scuderia Italia of Luca Badoer appeared on the screen?

  71. Lauda cautious ahead of qualifying

    Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda to BBC Sport: "It is a very difficult race. I am a bit worried because yesterday it rained, Lewis had a crash which did not affect the car and today it is sunshine and cold temperature.

    "Lewis did very few laps, Nico did a lot of laps, so I wonder how qualifying will finish. I hope that both Mercedes cars are in the front."

  72. Problems mount for McLaren

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    Jenson Button
    Image caption: 'Don't worry, sir, it's a Mercedes. It should get you back to the pit lane.'

    "McLaren have had a very difficult 24 hours. Arriving here with an upgraded engine, aimed at improving reliability and efficiency, Fernando Alonso's developed a problem on Friday and needed to be changed on Saturday morning, meaning he managed only one lap in final practice.

    "Jenson Button, half a second off his team-mate and struggling on Friday, had had a smoother run, reliability-wise, until the last 10 minutes of final practice, when his car ground to a halt coming out of Turn Seven. It was a hybrid failure, which required an engine change, and Button will take no part in qualifying as a result.

    "Honda, which still has the worst engine in F1, has a long, long way to go to achieve its aim of winning the world title."

  73. Get involved - pit stop blunders #bbcf1

    We're asking you for memorable pit stop blunders today on the back of Mercedes' problems in Monaco.

    Iain: Johnny Herbert in 95 setting off with the rear jack trailing (and rear jack mechanic running!)

    Steve Flatman: Jos Verstappen, Germany 1994. Proof you shouldn't mess with the refuelling rig, even if you save a few seconds.

  74. 'Hamilton is on the back foot going into qualifying'

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer


    "Canada has cast its spell again, and qualifying has not even started yet. An eventful final practice session saw Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton at either ends of the timing sheets.

    "Hamilton had a very messy hour, not managing a representative lap on either type of tyre, making at least two more mistakes to add to the three on Friday. He has clearly not found his rhythm here yet and one can only speculate as to whether this is related to the disappointment of Monaco.

    "Hamilton is on the back foot going into qualifying, of that there is no doubt. Can he turn it around on a circuit where he has always been strong, but where last year he lost pole to Rosberg by, yes, an error?"

  75. Button out of qualifying

    jenson button

    Bad news to report for Jenson Button fans I'm afraid.

    If you were with us earlier you'll know the Briton's McLaren suffered a failure late in FP3 that saw him slow to a halt after turn seven.

    McLaren have now tweeted: "Button's car suffered ERS-related failure towards the end of FP3. Our engineers are looking at data, but sadly his car won't be ready for quali."

  76. Meanwhile, in the pit lane...

    I offer this image with no comment.

  77. But don't count Hamilton out

    Lewis Hamilton

    It would, of course, be folly to read too much into the night-and-day gap between the Mercedes drivers in the final practice session.

    A gap of 5.8 seconds between Nico Rosberg in first and Lewis Hamilton in 20th is obviously massive, but down only to circumstance, with Hamilton failing to get a clean lap in the gap between two red-flag periods.

    Hamilton's fastest lap time was set on the soft tyre after he had to miss the final chicane because he misjudged the entry. Up to that point, he had been about 0.1secs off Rosberg's pace.

    And then there are the Ferraris, with their improved engines, to factor in.

    This qualifying session could be interesting.

  78. 'Nico, Nico! How big was the gap to Lewis in FP3?'

    Nico Rosberg
  79. Get involved - Senna F1 rewind #bbcf1

    François Schwitter: I am a child again. Thank you. #Senna

    DoubleUSee: Marvellous! Ahh those cool vortices that come off the rear spoilers. Don't recall seeing them these days?

    MasonicGamer: Just hearing Murray Walker's voice on F1 rewind is bringing back some great memories.

  80. Get involved - pit stop blunders #bbcf1

    Thomas Knights: 1999 Nurburgring - Eddie Irvine waiting for an age while Ferrari looked for a fourth tyre, another title challenge hindered.

  81. Final FP3 times direct from the Lotus garage

  82. F1 Rewind on BBC Two... right now!


    Can't get enough of F1?

    Well, you don't have to do without between now and qualifying.

    Our dust-covered archivists have been having a rummage and have come up with some classic races from years gone by. Today, it's all about Ayrton Senna.

    You can find it on your televisual viewing scanner, selecting channel two, or by using the tabs above.

    ayrton senna chasing derek warwick 1989
  83. Mercedes first... and last

    An odd session that.

    The red flags fell badly for Lewis Hamilton and he is unable to put together a complete quick lap. He ends up 20th and last, but read nothing into that.

    Conversely, his team-mate Nico Rosberg did find a window in among the red flags to set a lap on the super-soft tyres, and his time of 1:15.660 will boost his confidence heading into qualifying at 18:00 BST.

  84. Chequered flag

  85. Force India team radio

    Nico Hulkenberg: "That's session over, isn't it?"

  86. Button stops on track


    Just as McLaren fix one problem, another crawls menacingly into view.

    This time Jenson Button is the recipient of lady luck's wrath, his car grinding to a halt on the exit of turn seven.

    "I had a massive loss of power. We've got a bigger problem here," the Briton says on the radio.

  87. Red flag

  88. Super-soft run sees Rosberg improve

    Nico Rosberg sets the fastest time of the weekend so far with a super-soft aided 1:15.660.

  89. Alonso goes out

    Good news for Fernando Alonso. McLaren have completed his engine change and out he goes.

  90. Green light

    I did a major disservice to the marshals. They've cleaned that mess up in double-quick time and we're green again.

    The drivers have around 12 minutes of track time left.

  91. Get involved - Nasr's crash #bbcf1

    Old Nicodemus: That crash makes you wonder why they have FP3 on the same day as qualifying.

    Oliver Bitten: If you weave with DRS open, of course you're going to crash. Rookie error.

    Ross Price: First proper mistake in his rookie season. Has been very impressive considering the machinery.

    clear up
  92. More on Nasr's accident

    Watching a replay of that incident, it looks like Nasr's DRS opened a fraction of a second before he started weaving to get heat into his tyres.

    Possibly a contributing factor to the accident but a big error all the same.

  93. Sauber team radio

    Felipe Nasr: "I had a big shunt. The tyres were way too cold."

  94. Nasr weaves himself into the wall


    Oh dearie dearie me, Felipe Nasr.

    Weaving to get heat into his tyres on the long run down to the final turn, the Sauber rookie overcooks it and launches the car into the wall.

    He's made a real mess of his car and there's debris all over the track. The Brazilian is out of his car and seems OK. He's off for a check over at the medical facility.

    This will take a long time to clear up. Maybe even session over.

  95. Red flag

  96. Speed trap leaders

  97. Top six

    1 ROS 1:16.783; 2 BOT +0.270; 3 MAS +0.339; 4 VET +0.414; 5 KVY +0.621; 6 MAL +0.790

  98. Latest on Renault

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    "One of the hot rumours in F1 for the past couple of weeks or so has been that Renault are about to buy back the Lotus team and become team owners again. Two weeks ago in Monaco, I wrote here that one source had said he thought the deal might already have been done.

    "This is what Lotus CEO Matthew Carter said on the subject on Friday, from which you can draw your own conclusions: 'I continue to say the same thing. The shareholders have told me that the company isn't for sale. I think I've said in the press before that everything is sale for a certain price. That's as much as I can say. I continue to reiterate that we signed a long-term contract with Mercedes Benz (as engine supplier) and as far as we're concerned we just continue down that route. That last information I heard was that we were going to be sold by the end of May but we're still here and we're still the same team.'"

    Lotus CEO Matthew Carter
  99. Get involved - pit stop blunders #bbcf1

    Craig Woollard: David Coulthard crashing into the pits. That's a pretty big blunder.

    Amit Mandalia: Ferrari at the European GP in 1999 only having 3 wheels ready for Eddie Irvine.

    Aaron Armstrong: Mansell and the Portugese GP in 1991? Driving away from his pit box on 3 wheels.

  100. Mercedes boys getting ragged again

    Like yesterday, the lads at Mercedes are pushing the boundaries on a very 'green' track.

    Within a few seconds of each other, Lewis Hamilton locks his right front into the hairpin while Nico Rosberg misses the apex at turn six.

  101. Rosberg goes fastest

    The track is starting to come to the drivers now and we have a first lap of the day in the 1:16s.

    Nico Rosberg is the man atop the pile, a 1:16.783 putting him around three tenths clear of both Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa, the Williams boys already looking much better than they did in Monaco.

  102. Mosley wants radical changes

    Max Mosley

    Former motorsport boss Max Mosley says Formula 1 "needs fixing" as the sport continues to wrestle with decisions over its future direction, writes Andrew Benson.

    Mosley, president of governing body the FIA from 1993 to 2009, said that "there are clearly things wrong".

    "Four of the teams haven't got enough money and other teams have so much money they waste a lot of it," he said.

    Mosley said the governance structure that cuts small teams out of decision making was "completely wrong".

    The full BBC interview with Max Mosley will be shown in our qualifying show later today.

  103. Get involved - pit stop blunders #bbcf1

    Nathan: Hamilton a couple of years ago pulling into the McLaren pit box while at Mercedes.


    Hari Krishna G: Mika Hakkinen unplanned pit stop while leading Jerez in 1997. Fortunately DC was asked to give back his place and Mika got his maiden win.

    Aaron Castell: Felipe Massa in Singapore 2008, leaving with fuel hose still attached. Hindered title hopes.

  104. Post update

    F1 journalist Craig Scarborough on Twitter: Lewis Hamilton's rebuilt car taken down to the FIA weighbridge.


    To be clear, this picture is from a little earlier.

  105. Verstappen clarification

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    "Apologies, I was incorrect on what happens to Max Verstappen if he cannot serve his full 15-place grid drop. It does not get carried over to the next race, there is a sliding scale of time/stop-and-go penalties during the race depending on how many places he cannot serve."

  106. Ten minutes gone

    Around a dozen cars have set times now but there's not much to read into them at this stage.

    Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen leads the way at present with a 1:17.681 on the soft tyre, nearly two seconds off yesterday's benchmark time in the dry set by Lewis Hamilton on the super-soft.

  107. Get involved - pit stop blunders #bbcf1

    After Mercedes' strategic error under the safety car Monaco, we're taking a chance to look back on famous moments when pit stops have gone wrong.

    David Coulthard's slide into the wall when entering the pits while leading at Adelaide in 1995 is one famous example, but what others stand out for you? There's plenty to choose from.

    Views on this - or anything else - to #bbcf1 please.

  108. Button looking for better

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    "Jenson Button had a difficult day in the McLaren on Friday. Delayed by a gearbox problem in the first session, he was half a second slower than team-mate Fernando Alonso in the second, and BBC F1 analyst Allan McNish said Button looked tentative on turn-in for the chicanes and was losing time there.

    "'We have a lot of work to do on the set-up,' he admitted, while Alonso said he was 'happy with the balance' - and looked it as he attacked the last chicane.

    "Button said he thought 'top 10 will be difficult', and Alonso said he was expecting 'about P12 or P13 in qualifying'.

    jenson button

    "On the plus side, Honda has brought engine upgrades here, using up two of their nine available in-season development tokens. On Thursday, the drivers said these were for reliability and efficiency and although Honda F1 boss Yasuhisa Arai said after Friday practice that he 'had a very good feeling and we're positive not just for this race but also the next race and the one after that'.

    "But on Saturday morning he admitted to this writer that there was 'not so much' extra performance. And the speed trap times revealed the McLarens right at the bottom, ahead only of one Manor."

  109. Ricciardo off at turn one

    All that rain yesterday washed away what rubber had been added to the track in FP1, and Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo has just demonstrated the upshot of that.

    The Australian runs out of grip into the first turn and takes briefly to the grass before continuing.

  110. Lotus doing better than expected

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer


    "One of the surprises of Friday was the pace of the Lotus cars, right up there behind the Mercedes and Ferraris as the third fastest team in both sessions, mixing it with Williams and Red Bull. The team have no special updates for this race, other than the usual low-downforce package required for this track and trackside operations director Alan Permane admitted the performance of Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado had been a bit of a surprise.

    "'We're a bit more competitive than I expected,' he said. 'We're on a very normal programme, too. Let's wait until 3pm on Saturday before getting too excited, though.'"

  111. Green light

    Final practice is under way.

    Pastor Maldonado is the first man out. The Lotus cars have looked good this weekend and they have realistic expectations of both getting into the top 10 come qualifying later today.

  112. Mercedes 'hiding their light under a bushel'

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    "Ferrari's pace on the race-simulation runs before the rain hit in Friday practice was hot. Almost too hot, one suspects, for it to be real. Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, running one type of tyre each, were both about a second a lap quicker than the Mercedes drivers. Far too much to have been explained by a 15bhp engine upgrade.

    "The suspicion is that they must have been lighter on fuel than the silver cars. Ferrari technical director James Allison said that the weather had 'mucked things up', making the session 'hard to judge'. But he is clearly not expecting an all-red front row. Sitting next to Paddy Lowe, his opposite number at Mercedes, in the official news conference, Allison said: 'We think we went quite well but we also think these guys are probably hiding their light under a bushel.'"

  113. Post update

    Sauber on Twitter: Hello world! Sun is out, blue sky...


    The guys down at Sauber always have a lovely filter on their pictures, don't you think?

  114. 'Delicious' day in store

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    "A truncated and rain-affected day of practice on Friday has set a delicious tone for the Canadian Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton looked fast but had the sort of edgy, incident-packed day that suggested the disappointment of Monaco might still be preying on his mind, no matter how much he says it is not.

    "And Ferrari, with an upgraded engine, look close enough to give Mercedes at least pause for thought.

    "With Friday's rain a distant memory, an enticing day of the sort of action the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve seems to guarantee is in prospect."

  115. Post update

    Jennie Gow

    BBC Radio 5 live pit-lane reporter

    Unlikely to see Alonso in FP3. Routine check last night by Honda found a race ending issue - new engine being put in.

  116. Verstappen set for 15-place grid penalty

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    "Toro Rosso have decided to change Max Verstappen's internal combustion engine. That will be his fifth this year, adding a 10-place grid penalty to the five he already has for crashing into Romain Grosjean in Monaco.

    "If he does not qualify in the top five, the remainder of the penalty will be added on at the next race, according to the structure of the FIA's penalty system."

    max verstappen
  117. Post update

    McLaren on Twitter: A routine inspection has revealed issues with Alonso's engine. Therefore, we are replacing his engine now.

  118. Engine change for Alonso

    Andrew Benson

    Chief F1 writer

    "Fernando Alonso's weekend has taken an unfortunate turn overnight. When Honda did its routine check on his engine last night, it found a problem that would have meant he did not finish the race.

    "The team did not want to break the curfew for the second time - and incur a penalty - so they have delayed changing it until this morning. Which means they are up against it to get Alonso out in final practice. That's a blow for driver and team - Alonso was substantially quicker than team-mate Jenson Button here on Friday.

    "Assuming the engine is new - as racing director Eric Boullier described it - that is Alonso's fourth this season. If he needs another at any point, that is an automatic grid penalty. McLaren already know this is inevitable for both drivers."

  119. Pirlo? Never heard of 'im...

    Andrea Pirlo

    Hello and welcome along to live text commentary of this afternoon's final practice and qualifying sessions for the Canadian Grand Prix.

    Apparently there's a football match going on tonight but we're not interested in any of that nonsense.

    You and I know there's only one major global sporting event going on this weekend, and it involves 20 cars hooning around the wonderful Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on the Ile Notre-Dame.

    Third practice and qualifying are coming up, but there's already plenty of news coming out of the paddock.

    We'll start down at McLaren, where gremlins have struck again...

  120. All eyes on one man

    Lewis Hamilton

    No doubts over which driver took centre stage during yesterday's opening two practice sessions.

    Not only did Lewis Hamilton go quickest in both, the Mercedes man also had a spin at the hairpin, locked his brakes on more than one occasion and vaulted over some hefty kerbs, and capped it all by aquaplaning off in heavy rain in the second session.

    Quite the day for the world champion. Wonder what he has in store today?