It may not be all smooth sailing for Mercedes AMG tomorrow, since Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel qualified third. However, the reigning world champion’s times were all a second off the pace of pole-sitter Rosberg.
Fourth on the grid tomorrow will be filled by Williams’ Valtteri Bottas, with his teammate Felipe Massa filling fifth on the grid and Red Bull Racing’s other driver Daniel Ricciardo in the sixth spot. Positions seven and eight will be filled by Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne, respectively, while Jenson Button of McLaren will be at the ninth spot and Ferrari’s other driver Kimi Räikkönen at tenth on the grid. The Finn is celebrating his 200th grand prix this weekend.
There weren’t any major dramas today apart from Caterham’s Marcus Ericsson crashing into a wall early on. Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez also crashed during practice and ended up missing the session. He will start tomorrow’s race from pit lane.
Weather conditions at Montreal’s Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve are still looking good, so we should be in for a good race, although it’s likely to come to an all-Mercedes battle. Going into the race, Nico Rosberg sits at the top of the of the Drivers’ Championship points table with 122 points. Lewis Hamilton is close behind with 118 points while Fernando Alonso is a distant third with 61 points. In the Constructors’ Championship, Mercedes AMG leads with 240 points followed by Red Bull Racing with 99 points and Ferrari with 78 points.