Mercedes continued their dominance in the Formula One circuit after Lewis Hamilton bagged pole position with a terrific performance in the Canadian Grand Prix qualifying session on Saturday with a timing of one minute and 14.393 seconds.
Fellow teammate Nico Rosberg will start second in the grid after his 1:14.702 timing. It was a disappointing end to Rosberg's qualifying, as he could have been on top of the grid during the crucial race on Sunday at Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
So the first two starting position on the grid for Mercedes gives them an added advantage and once again take maximum points from the race. Currently, Mercedes stand atop with 242 points in the constructors' standings, while Ferrari are second with 158 points.
While in the driver standings, it is Hamilton and Rosberg, who top the chart with 126 and 116 points respectively.
Other teams in the circuit will be eager to start the race on Sunday in order to compete with Mercedes, who are running away so early in the season.
Kimi Raikonnen will be third on the starting grid and is aware about the importance of a good start. Raikonnen is a good driver and he can use his experience to full effect if he gets a chance to pressurise the Mercedes drivers from the start.
He is relatively happy with the way things shaped up over the weekend and a victory on Sunday can prove to be an icing on the cake.
"Overall the weekend has been pretty good, no issues and really things have been as smooth as they can be with the conditions that have been here. I was a bit disappointed for the team that one car had some issue but, you know, tomorrow is the race, usually we are a bit stronger there, so we have to make a good start and go from there and see what comes out," F1 official website quoted Raikonnen as saying.
But it was unfortunate for another Ferrari driver, Sebastain Vettel, who was initially supposed to start the race from 15th position after some engine problems, has been now slapped a five-place grid penalty for overtaking when the red flags were displayed.
Hence, this slips him further in the grid. But, Vettel was not the only unhappy person with the grid position as Rosberg did not finish off his qualifying in the best way possible.
"I was feeling good. But at the end it just didn't come together at all. Just struggling with grip and this and that. It didn't work out and we need to analyse now what it was. I had less rear grip, on the first set especially, because it was a good lap, but I just didn't go much quicker than that," said Rosberg.
As a team, Lotus and Force India did relatively well during the qualifying session with Lotus 'Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado finishing in fifth and sixth place during qualifying. Force India's Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez, who love the Canadian Grand Prix looked decent with 7th and 10th positions in the grid.
Lewis Hamilton might have won the drivers' championship last season, but was not able to even finish the 2014 Canadian Grand Prix. However, with him in ominous form, it might be a difficult task for other drivers to stop him from opening the champagne bottle once again on the podium.
Where to Watch Live
Race Timings: 2pm local time (11:30pm IST, 2pm ET, 7pm BST) start.
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