Official Press Releases, Communications and Classification of the 2010 FORMULA 1 CANADIAN GRAND PRIX

Canadian GP – Race – June 13, 2010

12Lewis HamiltonVodafone McLaren Mercedes25
21Jenson ButtonVodafone McLaren Mercedes18
38Fernando AlonsoScuderia Ferrari Marlboro15
45Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing12
56Mark WebberRed Bull Racing10
64Nico RosbergMercedes GP Petronas8
711Robert KubicaRenault F1 Team6
816Sébastien BuemiScuderia Toro Rosso4
915Vitantonio LiuzziForce India F1 Team2
1014Adrian SutilForce India F1 Team1
113Michael SchumacherMercedes GP Petronas
1217Jaime AlguersuariScuderia Toro Rosso
1310Nico HulkenbergAT&T Williams
149Rubens BarrichelloAT&T Williams
157Felipe MassaScuderia Ferrari Marlboro
1619Heikki KovalainenLotus Racing
1712Vitaly PetrovRenault F1 Team
1820Karun ChandhokHRT F1 Team
1925Lucas di GrassiVirgin Racing
2024Timo GlockVirgin Racing
2118Jarno TrulliLotus Racing
2222Pedro De la RosaBMW Sauber F1 Team
2321Bruno SennaHRT F1 Team
2423Kamui KobayashiBMW Sauber F1 Team

Canadian GP – Race – June 13, 2010

BMW Sauber F1

In what was a thrilling Canadian Grand Prix with great motor racing.

Kamui Kobayashi and Pedro de la Rosa played a rather insignificant role. Kobayashi, coming from 18th on the grid, retired in an incident on lap one after he made a remarkably good start and was fighting for ninth on the back straight. De la Rosa (17th on the grid) was hit by another car on the first lap and had to pit for a new nose. But he managed to recover and raced in 13th before he retired with an engine failure which has yet to be analysed.

Weather: sunny and dry, 25-26°C air, 37-39°C track

Pedro de la Rosa: retired on lap 31, engine

C29.03 / Ferrari 056

“To be left empty handed certainly is deeply disappointing. On the first lap of the race Vitaly Petrov spun in front of me on the straight, and hit my car when he came back from the grass. The front wing was broken and I pitted for a new nose. Also the rear wing had some damage, but it wasn’t too bad. I then continued and the car was quite good. We anticipated my pit stop because suddenly the rear tyres went. After this pit stop it seemed all okay but then on lap 31 I felt a sudden loss of top speed on the straight and knew immediately it was a serious problem.”

Kamui Kobayashi: retired on lap 1, accident

C29.01 / Ferrari 056

“This should not have happened. I had made a very good start from 18th and on the first lap was fighting with Nico Hülkenberg down the back straight for ninth. In front of us was Michael Schumacher, apparently having some troubles with braking before the chicane. All three of us were braking late and then I suddenly had nowhere to go. I hit the kerb, the car jumped and I had damaged it so badly that I had to stop.“

Peter Sauber, Team Principal:

“As is often the case in Canada, it was easy to score championship points today, however, we didn’t collect them. We lost one car which was in tenth at the end of lap one through an over optimistic move, and the second one through an engine failure.”

James Key, Technical Director:

“All in all it was a really difficult weekend and a shame not to get to the end. Pedro had a collision in the mix of the first corner, which damaged his rear right tyre and front wing, so he had to come straight in. Kamui made an excellent start. He took advantage of the situation in front of him and got up to tenth. But then in the last corner he spun off – that was the end of his race. There was too much damage to the car to continue, which was a real shame because there was potential to score some points. When Pedro went out after his early pit stop his pace was extremely good, and he caught up to the people ahead of him. He then came in for a second stop because of the tyres degrading. We hoped he would make it to the end but then he had an engine problem which we need to diagnose. That was a pointless end to a difficult weekend, so we have to do better in the next race.”


Force India F1

2010 Canadian Grand Prix Report

Adrian Sutil (car 14, VJM03/03): 10th

Tonio Liuzzi (car 15, VJM03/01): 9th

13 June 2010 – The Force India F1 Team secured a double points finish in today’s Canadian Grand Prix, with Tonio Liuzzi claiming ninth position and Adrian Sutil tenth. But it was a case of what might have been as Tonio was pushed wide at the first corner after the start and forced to pit for a new front wing, while Adrian picked up a puncture while fighting with Robert Kubica on lap 27. Both incidents relegated them to the rear of the field, however the pair refused to give up and fought to the end to give Force India a further three constructors’ points.

Adrian had a good start from ninth on the grid and made an early pit stop to change to the medium tyre compound on lap six when his soft tyres grained excessively. He recovered to enjoy a tight battle with Kubica for sixth but the pair touched wheels, with Adrian picking up a rear right puncture that necessitated a further pit stop. He dropped back to 13th however was able to reclaim tenth after hard battles with Hulkenberg, Massa, and ultimately his team-mate Tonio. He finally moved into the points when he overtook Michael Schumacher on the final lap.

Tonio was desperately unfortunate not to be able to convert his fifth place starting position after he was squeezed onto the grass in the first corner. He fell to last after the stop for a new front wing, but was able to make in-roads into the field with a series of qualifying-style laps while the rest of the field pitted. By a third distance he was 13th and involved in the tight battle with Alguersuari, Massa, Adrian and Hulkenberg. Sensing points were still possible Tonio then closed to seconds from tenth, which he claimed when Massa pitted. He then put in some banzai laps to close on a slowing Schumacher and secured ninth position on the final lap.

Adrian Sutil (car 14)

Like Tonio, it was a pretty hard race. At the start I was racing Kubica and it seemed we could have got into the top five again, but then we touched and I got a puncture. Unfortunately it was at the first corner so I had to drive the whole lap back to the pits. I lost a lot of time like this and dropped out of the top ten, and then had to fight my way past Hulkenberg and then Schumacher to get back in the points. At the end of the race we knew Michael had some problems with his tyres so I really pushed to close the gap and I just got past him on the last corner to get the final point. Of course I’m disappointed as I think we could have got some serious points here today but I think I drove well, the car was good and we were fast the whole race.

Tonio Liuzzi (car 15)

It was a tough race and I drove every lap pushing so hard. The team deserved to get a good result after the hard work they have done this weekend and in the past weeks on the developments. We should ultimately have had more points than we got in the end, but it’s always OK to get another few points on board, particularly after the last race when they seemed so far away. Unfortunately we lost a big part of the race as the door was closed on me in the first corner by Felipe [Massa]. It was a race accident as Jenson was on the other side and there wasn’t anything I could do – I was on the inside and holding my line. We lost the front wing and had to change the strategy then and there, but in the end we still got some points. The team is pushing like hell and we want to confirm the progress we’ve made with more results. Today showed we’re strongly in the top 10 and – more importantly – we will never give up.

Dr Vijay Mallya, chairman and team principal

Another double points finish for the team is a very positive result, but given our outstanding qualifying performance yesterday I think in my heart of hearts I would have hoped for more. Both drivers got caught in unfortunate accidents and dropped back but they drove excellently to salvage three points, which, given the circumstances of the race, is very good. We also picked up significant damage on both cars in the incidents and to still show that level of performance is very encouraging. What we have learnt this weekend is that we’ve got a very strong car that’s capable of fighting with the top four teams entirely on merit and we have two top line drivers who are functioning at their best. We’re really looking forward to Valencia now.



Hispania Racing, HRT F1 Team had real racing feeling

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Sunday 13 June 2010

Weather: Sunny – air temperature 25°C, lap time 39°C

Race 70 race

Track length 4.361 km


Karun Chandhok   F110-01 #20 classified 18th

Bruno Senna        F110-02 #21 not classified Gearbox failure

Sunday 13 June 2010

On a sunny Sunday afternoon in Montrèal, Hispania Racing, HRT F1 Team faught hard for positions with other teams again. Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok got off to a good start and stayed out of trouble in the first lap. Due to other team’s difficulties at the beginning of the race, both drivers moved up places and kept on closing the gap to their competitors. Unfortunately, Bruno Senna had to retire early in the race due to a gearbox issue. His teammate, however, had a good pace and was battling for good positions during the race. In the end, he finished 18th. The Spanish team had a real racing feeling today and was able to gain more experience.

Dr Colin Kolles, Team Principal:

“Today, we really could race with other teams and were fighting hard for good positions with the other teams.  We were on a two-stopp-strategy like the top six drivers. On one side it was a good race because we could beat Virgin on track. But on the other hand I think that we could have had a better result. Bruno unfortunately had a gear box problem and this is why he had to stop the race.”

Karun Chandhok, Race driver #20:

“Obviously I didn’t drive at all yesterday and it was a good race under these circumstances. We were racing both Virgins and I was eight seconds ahead of Timo Glock even before he stopped in the end. I am quite pleased, at the end realistically we were only racing those three cars and we were ahead of them. It was a tough race with the traffic and everybody was struggling with the tyres. The team did a great job today and the guys did good pit stops under pressure today. The car was reliable, which is what we were struggling with this weekend.”

Bruno Senna, Race driver #21:

“We had a gearbox failure apparently. The second gear was lost and there was no way to finish the race without it on this track. So, we decided to retire which is really disappointing as it could have been a good race for us. Now, we have to make the best of this weekend and focus on the next race in Valencia.”


Lotus Racing F1


Montréal, Canada 13th June 2010

The Canadian Grand Prix made good on its promise of providing the best race of the season so far, and Lotus Racing put in a great day’s work to see Heikki Kovalainen finish the race 16th, ahead of Petrov’s Renault, after a great battle on track in what proved to be punishing conditions for the tyres for the whole field. Jarno Trulli, who had been showing quick pace right from the start, pulled over on lap 42 after a vibration at the front end led to a problem with the braking system that put paid to his race.

Heikki Kovalainen (Lotus Cosworth T127-01) 16th, best lap 1.20.654 “It’s been a great weekend, and I’m really pleased for the whole team with the result today. We finished ahead of Petrov and lapped the other new guys, and although it was hard work managing the tyres, it’s still great to show what we can do. The race itself was tough, but it’s all about the result – I didn’t have any technical problems with the car, but the rear wasn’t working quite as I’d have liked, and I think that was down to the tyre wear.”

Jarno Trulli (Lotus Cosworth T127-03) DNF best lap 1.20.791 “It’s such a shame I had to pull over – I had a great start and then I was really flying during the race. We got the strategy right on the tyres, and my pace was good – I was keeping up with the boys in front, and I was overtaking our other rivals. But then I felt a vibration that caused a problem with the braking system and I had to pull over. Still – we have to move on. It’s another learning curve for the team and I think it’s great to see that in the race I could really push and was putting in some very good lap times.”

Mike Gascoyne, Chief Technical Officer: “I think overall we can be very happy with the race, and the whole weekend. The one disappointment was obviously Jarno’s problem – we will have to look at it in more detail, but it looks as though the vibration put paid to his race. Before he pulled over he was absolutely flying and the strategy would have really paid out for him, so that’s a plus. Heikki drove a fantastic race, fighting all the way with the guys in front, and kept it up right to the end to keep Petrov behind him.

“I think this weekend has been a massive step forward for the whole team. Rather than being just one of the new teams, we actually got stuck in and raced the teams ahead, which is what we wanted to do, so congratulations and thank you to the whole team for getting us to this position. In the end we lapped both of the other new teams, so it was a great effort, and again, well done!”

Tony Fernandes, Team Principal: “I’m very happy with the result today, and the whole weekend’s work. We got 42 laps from Jarno and Heikki drove an absolute cracker – beating a Renault was great, and Heikki did really well to hold him off, but the main aim for us is to get both cars home, and we’ll keep working on that back at the factory and at the track. Now we go to Valencia where we’ll be celebrating the 500th F1™ race Lotus has competed in, and the ninth for Lotus Racing.”


Mercedes GP Petronas



An action-packed Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal today saw Nico Rosberg come home in sixth place, making up four positions on his grid slot, with team-mate Michael Schumacher finishing in eleventh position after an eventful race which was compromised by a puncture.

In a race that was all about managing the tyres, Nico started on the option and recovered from a poor start which pushed him down into the midfield. He pitted early on lap five to switch to the harder prime tyres and set some quick lap times before his second stop on lap 27 for a further set of primes. From there, Nico drove well to manage his tyres and position, finishing in sixth place.

Starting on the prime tyres, Michael got away well off the line and was up to eighth place by the end of the first lap after starting in 13th position. He stopped on lap 12 for his second set of primes and was battling with Robert Kubica for seventh place before a front right puncture forced him back into the pits on lap 14. Michael made his third stop for option tyres on lap 33 and had to nurse his tyres to the end of the race before eventually finishing in 11th place.

Drivers           Car No.   Chassis No.   Race Result / Fastest Lap

Nico Rosberg     4     MGP W01 / 02   P6      1:17.832

Michael Schumacher    3     MGP W01 / 01   P11     1:19.577

Weather           Warm and sunny

Temperatures     Air: 24 – 27°C   Track: 33 – 41°C


“Sixth place was probably the best result that we could have achieved today so I’m pretty happy. It’s been a difficult weekend with a poor qualifying performance yesterday due to the tyres not working properly and I was unlucky on the first lap today to lose so many places from the chaos in front of me. But from there, I was able to do some good overtaking and push to make up the positions and our pace was quick. We had a great strategy but it was really difficult to manage the tyres. I drove smoothly to control the graining but every time I looked in my mirrors, it was getting worse. Thankfully the primes held after my second stop so we were able to finish with sixth place and get some decent points moving me up to sixth in the Drivers’ Championship.”


“At the start, everything went great and we made up places as we had been hoping for. The first stop was perfectly timed so it was looking quite promising. Then I had a puncture on the front right tyre after my first pit stop, after I got together with Kubica, and that obviously decided my race. From there, I was stuck in traffic and there was nothing more to do because today our weapons were not very sharp. Towards the end, I was trying as hard as I could to defend myself but it was only possible to a certain degree and my tyres were just ruined after having done more than half the race distance. I was fighting cars with a good top speed which was quite tough. Otherwise I would have been in a good position I think so we have something to take away to the next races.”


“We had a messy start to the race which unfortunately is what happens when you start in the midfield. Nico was blocked and Michael was hit which broke part of his front wing. Nico then had a very good race to recover up to sixth place. We called the tyres perfectly, Nico was fast where he needed to be, looked after the car when required and generally had an excellent race. Michael was looking strong in the first phase of the race and was very well-placed. Unfortunately the incident with Kubica punctured the right front tyre and coming in for the extra stop meant we were out of phase with where we wanted to be with the tyres. With hindsight, it was over-ambitious to try and get the option to last as long as we did and Michael really struggled towards the end. We’ve come away with some points from the weekend but not as many as we would have hoped.”


“It was a great race today and fantastic for the sport and of course the spectators here in Montreal and worldwide in front of their televisions. Our speed looked much better today than in qualifying and it seemed like we were in for a good race with Michael as high as third place in the early phase of the race. Without the puncture, Michael could certainly have achieved a respectable result. For Nico, sixth place was a good result and posting the third fastest race lap shows that our speed compared to our competitors was better than yesterday in qualifying. However we need to improve our car further and we will. Congratulations to Vodafone McLaren Mercedes on their second one-two victory in a row. The victory marks the 72nd win powered by Mercedes-Benz in 224 races since 1997 which is an impressive score. Well done to McLaren and our committed engine guys in Brixworth and Stuttgart.”


Red Bull F1

Coming soon…


Renault F1 Team

2010 Canadian Grand Prix, Sunday

Robert Kubica, P7

Fastest lap: 1:16.972 (fastest lap of the race)

Started race on prime

Pit stop: Lap 9, time in pits: 21.936, (prime)

Pit stop: Lap 26, time in pits: 22.742 (prime)

Pit stop: Lap 59, time in pits: 22.174 (option)

Robert: The six points I got this afternoon were my toughest points of the year. We chose to qualify on the prime tyre yesterday and hoped it would be an advantage in the first part of the race, but unfortunately it didn’t work out. I had a lot of rear degradation in the first stint, which meant I pitted early, then the rear tyres went off in the second stint as well. But it was an action-packed race: I had a close battle with Michael after my first stop, and then with Sutil before my second one. I was racing him on my in-lap and we were side by side before the last corner. I was on the right, so I backed off and pulled behind him to take my line for the pits, but he braked very early and hard: I had to go round him to avoid causing an accident. At the end of the race, I did a short stint on the option tyre and I was pushing to close down the gap to Rosberg, but I ran out of laps even though I was catching him quickly. It was a tough race for me but I think we must be optimistic for Valencia: the circuit should suit our car, and we will have more new developments to help us improve our basic pace.

Vitaly Petrov, P17

Fastest lap: 1:19.453

Started race on prime

Pit stop: Lap 18, time in pits: 30.546 (prime), new nose

Pit stop: Lap 56, time in pits: 22.564, (option)

2 x drive-through penalties on laps 13 & 24

Vitaly: My race was almost over at the start when I spun. I was trying to overtake on the right hand side when I got pushed out onto the grass and lost the car, which put me at the back of the field. I was lucky that I only damaged the front wing, which we changed at the stop. Then I had the drive-through penalties, which dropped me further behind. So it’s not really a race to remember for me, but it’s still good experience because I finished the race and I learned a lot about the track, which will help me next year.

Eric Boullier, Team Principal

It was obviously a tough race for the team in terms of strategy and, particularly, tyre management. Robert had a good first lap and gained some positions, but he suffered high degradation in his first and second stints, and that ultimately allowed Rosberg to gain position on us. His points were very hard-earned. As for Vitaly, there is not too much to say – he jumped the start, had an incident at the start and was penalised for both. We changed his strategy and hoped for a Safety Car that would allow him to gain positions but, for once in Canada, it never came. This wasn’t our best weekend of the year but we didn’t lose much ground to Mercedes in the championship and the basic pace of the car during qualifying was strong. We will hope to bounce back strongly in Valencia.

Alan Permane, Chief Race Engineer

This afternoon’s race was all about tyre degradation. We had hoped that our decision to qualify on the prime tyre with Robert would pay off, but we saw more degradation than expected in the first two stints, and that ultimately cost him position to Rosberg – even though we ran in front of him for much of the race. As for Vitaly, he had a character-building afternoon after receiving two drive-through penalties that put him out of contention early on. Although it’s frustrating not to have made the most of the car’s performance this weekend, the next circuit in Valencia should play to the strengths of our car, and we have more good developments in the pipeline.

Rémi Taffin, Head of Engine Operations

It was a pretty difficult afternoon for the team. We were feeling optimistic after Robert made up places at the first corner, but then struggled to keep pace in the opening stints, which ultimately cost us a better finish. Even so, Robert finished seventh after starting eighth, so we cannot be too despondent. On the engine side, we had a trouble-free race and were able to push to the limit throughout. Now, we need to carry on working like we have done so far this year because we know we’re heading in the right direction.


Scuderia Toro Rosso



Sebastien Buemi  (STR5-02) – Pos. 8th

“I am super happy to have scored four points because we did not expect that much. The team did an excellent job, especially during the pit stops and also the strategy was spot on. I enjoyed some fights, including passing Schumacher which was difficult because, even though we were on the same tyres, with his being older than mine, he is a real fighter. Generally it was a tough afternoon, because there was a lot of degradation which is why we planned to make three pit stops; something we are  not used to. The other worry I had was a broken exhaust from quite early on. I also enjoyed leading the race for a lap, which was a nice feeling. I hope this means my season will really kick off now, because I have not had much luck and the team has been working really hard. It feels so much better to have had a “normal” race today. Eighth place, leading the race and passing Michael. What a day!”

Jaime Alguersuari (STR5-03) – Pos. 12th

“On the positive side, I finished the race. It was a tough afternoon which did not go so well for me, even if I was involved in a lot of exciting incidents and moves. The best point for me is that the team once again gave me a reliable car with which I could finish the race and gain more valuable experience. So now, I’m already looking forward to Valencia, another race on Spanish soil.”

Franz Tost: “I like coming to Montreal because Toro Rosso always seems to pick up points here and today we did it again, with the added pleasure of seeing one of our cars lead the race, albeit briefly. It was an exciting race for us, not entirely for the right reasons, as with forty laps to go, we saw that the exhaust was broken on Buemi’s car and we were concerned that he might not finish the race. Sebastien did a fantastic job, as did the entire team, because the engineers produced a good set-up on both cars and our strategy was absolutely correct. The four points Sebastien brought home today are very important for us as it means we move ahead of Williams in the Constructors’ championship even if we are equal on points and they are also important for him, as he has had some bad luck so far this season and hopefully from now on he can deliver more good results. This was the first time here for both our drivers. Congratulations to the team here at the track, at the factory in Faenza and the wind tunnel in Bicester for their excellent work which has delivered this result.”


AT&T Williams F1

Having made a clear step forward in car performance this weekend, the AT&T Williams team was unable to realise its potential with both Rubens and Nico suffering car damage that forced unscheduled stops during this afternoon’s race. Running a split strategy by starting Nico on the prime tyre and Rubens on the option, the team had both the pace and tactical options to claim points today before early first stint accidents involving both cars pushed the team outside of the top ten.

Rubens Barrichello:

We were there today with our pace to bank some points, but it became a very busy race. I had a problem on the grid, so I had to make up some places. I passed Alguersuari, but he came across me to cover his line too late as I was already there. He hit me with a big, 2g impact. The damage blocked my front left brake duct and when the temperatures climbed, I lost the pedal and had to let cars by until I could pit. Even after the stop, it took three laps for the brake pedal to come back, so the incident really destroyed our race and it is frustrating for the whole team as we certainly had a car capable of a good finish today.

Nico Hulkenberg:

Although the race started well – I was up to p8 on the first lap – the rest of my afternoon didn’t go as well. The first problem occurred when I was fighting with Sutil and I damaged my front wing, which meant that I had to make an unscheduled stop on lap 6. Then unfortunately on my second stop I broke the speed limit, which meant a drive-through penalty. All of these incidents cost a lot of time and we didn’t achieve a points finish which was clearly possible today. In summary, I think we had a much-improved car here and I am sorry that I did not manage to capitalise on all the hard work the team put in this weekend.

Sam Michael, Technical Director:

We had lots of issues during the race today. On Rubens car, we had an anti-stall at the race start, from which he made a reasonable recovery; however he then lost some positions at turn 2 because of an accident in front of him. Shortly after his first pit stop for prime tyres, he came together with another car and had to pit again for a front wing change. Nico had a good first lap, then ran into the back of another car on lap 6, forcing him to pit for a spare front wing. He made reasonable progress then, but had to take a drive through penalty for speeding in the pit lane.


Bridgestone Motorsport

Bridgestone Motorsport’s Canadian Grand Prix Report

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton won a thrilling and highly strategic Canadian Grand Prix with a Bridgestone super soft-medium-medium tyre strategy in Montreal.

Hamilton led team-mate Jenson Button across the line in a consecutive one-two. Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro driver Fernando Alonso finished third.

Hiroshi Yasukawa – Director of Bridgestone Motorsport, says

“Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton and Vodafone McLaren Mercedes for their win. We saw a fantastic race where tyre strategy was central to the excitement. Bridgestone Canada and Bridgestone USA used this race as a great promotional and marketing platform. They had several well received PR initiatives and also invited many important guests for the weekend itself. Montreal saw a sell-out crowd illustrating how popular F1 can be in North America. I am very pleased that Formula 1 has returned to this wonderful location especially when we get a race as exciting as today’s.”

Hirohide Hamashima – Bridgestone Director of Motorsport Tyre Development, says “Tyre strategy and circuit evolution were vital factors in today’s race. The circuit was at its hottest of the weekend, meaning tyre performance was better than earlier in the weekend. The track improved after around ten laps, when rubber was laid on the surface, assisted by the hotter temperatures. We saw the race winner complete 44 laps on the medium compound, illustrating the extent of this circuit improvement. At the start the degradation was high, even with the medium compound, which is why we saw such early pit stops. There were an interesting mix of pit stop strategies and tyre compound orders. A one stop strategy was not possible today and we saw a variety of two and three or more stops. The track surface and tyre performance evolution made the choices on the pitwall very difficult to make.”

Canadian GP – Qualifying – June 12, 2010

12Lewis HamiltonVodafone McLaren Mercedes
26Mark WebberRed Bull Racing
35Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing
48Fernando AlonsoScuderia Ferrari Marlboro
51Jenson ButtonVodafone McLaren Mercedes
615Vitantonio LiuzziForce India F1 Team
77Felipe MassaScuderia Ferrari Marlboro
811Robert KubicaRenault F1 Team
914Adrian SutilForce India F1 Team
104Nico RosbergMercedes GP Petronas
119Rubens BarrichelloAT&T Williams
1210Nico HulkenbergAT&T Williams
133Michael SchumacherMercedes GP Petronas
1412Vitaly PetrovRenault F1 Team
1516Sébastien BuemiScuderia Toro Rosso
1617Jaime AlguersuariScuderia Toro Rosso
1722Pedro De la RosaBMW Sauber F1 Team
1823Kamui KobayashiBMW Sauber F1 Team
1919Heikki KovalainenLotus Racing
2018Jarno TrulliLotus Racing
2124Timo GlockVirgin Racing
2221Bruno SennaHRT F1 Team
2325Lucas di GrassiVirgin Racing
2420Karun ChandhokHRT F1 Team

Canadian GP – Qualifying Session – June 12, 2010

BMW Sauber F1

Canadian GP – Qualifying

‘No grip’ remains the problem for both drivers on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. For Kamui Kobayashi the qualifying for tomorrow’s Canadian Grand Prix was over after the first session when he was 18th. Pedro de la Rosa got through to Q2 but couldn’t do much there either and qualified 17th.

Weather: Sun and clouds, dry, 19-23°C air, 21-31°C track

Pedro de la Rosa:

C29.03 / Ferrari 056

Qualifying: 17th / 1.17.384 min (in Q2) / 3rd Practice: 15th / 1:17.609 min (16 laps)

“Well, we knew before qualifying that it would be a difficult one. We ran the car for the first time on a significantly lower downforce level and it doesn’t really suit us. We are sliding all over the place, and that’s why the tyres don’t work. There is no grip at all and on top of that I had difficulties heating up the brakes. We have to see what we can do in tomorrow’s race in terms of tyre strategy, and be prepared to benefit from possible safety car situations.”

Kamui Kobayashi:

C29.01 / Ferrari 056

Qualifying: 18th / 1.18.019 min (in Q1) / 3rd Practice: 14th / 1:17.548 min (20 laps)

“We are having a hard weekend here. Our overall performance is not where we were in Turkey. I had big problems with warming up the tyres. I just didn’t get them to work and this made it impossible to exploit any of the car’s potential. The fact I had traffic on my last lap didn’t help either. I knew today’s qualifying would be difficult, but still didn’t expect it to be that bad. However, tomorrow is race day and I hope to get a chance to improve.“

Peter Sauber, Team Principal:

“It has been a difficult weekend right from the beginning, and I don’t think we were able to exploit the full potential of the car.”

James Key, Technical Director:

“It was a disappointing qualifying session. I think we could have gone a little bit further, but Q3 was definitely out of reach today. In Q1 Kamui was held up a bit on his last run and, as a result, couldn’t improve his position. Both drivers suffered from a lack of grip today, and the balance of the cars seemed to be quite different this afternoon to this morning, which caught us out a bit. They were limited in a different way. We needed to rebalance the cars during the qualifying session. Ultimately I think it’s far from ideal where we are, and we need to have a clean race tomorrow and a sensible strategy to bring both cars home and hope for the best.”


Force India F1

2010 Canadian Grand Prix Qualifying and Final Free Practice Report

Adrian Sutil (car 14, VJM03/03):

FP3: 7th 1:16.673  (15 laps)

Q1: 8th 1:16.495  (8 laps)

Q2: 9th 1:16.295  (9 laps)

Q3: 9th 1:15.881  (4 laps)

Tonio Liuzzi (car 15, VJM03/01):

FP3: 9th  1:16.814  (15 laps)

Q1: 15th 1:17.086  (11 laps)

Q2: 8th 1:16.171  (10 laps)

Q3: 6th 1:15.648  (5 laps)

12 June 2010 – The Force India Formula One Team delivered on its early weekend promise as Tonio Liuzzi and Adrian Sutil put in the team’s strongest qualifying performance to date at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in preparation for Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix. Tonio secured sixth position – his best-ever F1 starting position – while Adrian will start ninth, his fourth consecutive entrance into Q3 this season.

Tonio and Adrian made just one run in Q1 to ease into the second part of qualifying, thereby saving the softer tyre compound for use in Q2 and Q3. In Q2 the pair then made two runs, with Tonio setting the eighth quickest time and Adrian the ninth to secure a double Q3 entrance for the team, the second this season.*

In a tense Q3, both drivers then kept their nerve to record times just two tenths apart, with Tonio putting his VJM03 in a career-best sixth and Adrian ninth.

* Both drivers made Q3 in Malaysia.

Adrian Sutil (car 14)

It was a good result to be in Q3 again, the fifth time this season and the fourth in a row. In general the car was good and behaved well, but we just couldn’t get the best out of the tyres on the last run. I had a little problem getting the temperature in the front tyres and the car felt a bit more understeery, but we can be happy with the lap in the end and P9 is a good starting position for tomorrow. The race will be tough and for sure it will be hard to make the tyres last over the distance, but we’ll give it our best and look to convert the performance into points tomorrow. As a team it’s looking pretty good right now, Q3 for both cars and hopefully another double points finish in the race.

Tonio Liuzzi (car 15)

It’s good to be back in business after Turkey! We understood a lot of things from there and also Monaco and pushed really hard to make things better. We changed the chassis and brought some new updates that we tested on Friday and then this morning and, so far, everything is great. P6 is a good position to be in, but it won’t be easy tomorrow as the tyre wear will be high and I think it will make for a really crazy race. This circuit seems to suit us well, with our aero package and set-up, and we’ve seen a big step forward. It’s a great team effort and if Adrian and I can both finish in the points tomorrow it would make a brilliant reward for the hard work we’ve done over the past few weeks.

Dr Vijay Mallya, chairman and team principal

I am delighted with this result and so happy to see Tonio back to his best again. We believed in him and wanted to give him the support he needed to realise the potential we knew was in there. He’s justified this belief today with a gritty performance. Adrian likewise had a strong session to put both Force Indias into the top ten. As we all know it’s tomorrow that counts and Canada has a reputation as an unpredictable race so we have now got to refocus on converting this performance into a strong points haul, which I believe, should be very achievable.



Hispania Racing, HRT F1 Team is closing the gap to the other teams


Bruno Senna         F110-02     #21    23rd (18 laps)     1.20.325

Karun Chandhok     F110-01     #20    24th (1 lap)        no time


Bruno Senna         F110-02     #21    22nd (10 laps)    1.19.484

Karun Chandhok     F110-01     #20    24th (3 laps)      1.27.757

Saturday 12 June 2010

Although it was raining in the morning, the third practice session in Montréal proceeded with dry conditions. With air temperatures of only 19°C and a cold track (21°C) the practice was tricky for everybody. Fortunately, the weather improved and in qualifying the track was dry and the temperatures rose up (air 23°C, track 31°C).

Finishing on position 23, Hispania Racing, HRT F1 Team driver Bruno Senna (1.20.325) was in front of his team mate Karun Chandhok (24th) who couldn’t do a timed lap in the morning session due to a gearbox problem. In the afternoon when fighting for positions for the grid, Bruno Senna finished on 22nd position with a lap time of 1.19.484 and in front of another team again. Today, the Brazilian was able to equal his best qualifying result this year. However, his teammate Karun Chandhok had a sensor issue in qualifying and wasn’t able to run until the end of the qualifying session, when the track got much quicker because of a higher grip level.

Dr Colin Kolles, Team Principal:

“It was another step forward for us today as Bruno Senna only was 3.6 seconds from the quickest in qualifying session 1. He did a good lap and is closer to the car in front of him. Unfortunately, Karun Chandhok wasn’t able to drive this afternoon because of a sensor issue. Now, we have to focus on a good race tomorrow.”

Karun Chandhok, Race driver #20:

“It was very frustrating today as we missed the third practice and also qualifying. We have to look into the problems and understand what went wrong. After two good sessions yesterday, it’s even more frustrating  as this weekend we really could have competed against the other new teams in qualifying. It will be a tricky race tomorrow with the tyre wear and high probability of safety cars. So, let’s see what we can do tomorrow.”

Bruno Senna, Race driver #21:

“It was a good lap and I am happy with the result as we are in front of another team’s driver. We could work on the setup which helped us a lot to improve the performance of the car today. Unfortunately, there was rain last night and the track got green again in the morning. The track got more grip and quicker even during the first twenty minutes of qualifying. That’s why it was important to be out on the track at the end of the session in order to set the fastest lap. Thankfully, I could do a clear one on that period. Now, we have to decide the tyre strategy for the race. It is going to be very tricky tomorrow for everyone because of the tyre wear and hopefully we can have a good race tomorrow.”


Lotus Racing F1


Montréal, Canada 12th June 2010

A superb qualifying session for Lotus Racing in Montréal saw the team pushing ever closer to the midfield, with Heikki Kovalainen finishing just two tenths off Kobayashi’s Sauber in 19th place, and Jarno Trulli just behind the Finn in 20th. The Anglo-Asian squad continued their impressive progression at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, and will now be looking forward to a strong race on Sunday, aiming to have both cars finish the Canadian Grand Prix in what promises to be a very exciting race.

Heikki Kovalainen (Lotus Cosworth T127-01) – FP3: 16 laps, 20th, 1.19.447 / Qualifying: 19th, 1.18.237, 12 laps “I’ve felt like I’ve done a few good qualifying laps this year, but this one was really good. I’ve had a decent balance all weekend, and yesterday I didn’t have any problems, so I could find a good setup and had the confidence to push. We just need to find a little bit more to really take the fight to the guys in front, but tomorrow I think we can race them, I think we can have a go. I thought I had Kamui for a while, but he just got in front at the end, but you always find a little bit more when you think you can get the guy ahead and that shows how far we’ve come. Today shows we’re making progress all the time – we were only two tenths away from Sauber today which is just great for the whole team.”

Jarno Trulli (Lotus Cosworth T127-03) – FP3: 15 laps, 19th, 1.19.013 / Qualifying: 20th, 1.18.698, 11 laps “It’s been tricky this weekend as I haven’t managed to complete that many laps and haven’t been able to find a setup I’m really comfortable with. We went with the primes to begin with today, and I could see that I was close to the guys in front, so I took the gamble and went for the options at the end, but unfortunately it didn’t work out. The aim tomorrow is to finish the race, and I’m optimistic we can do that, so let’s see what I can do.”

Mike Gascoyne, Chief Technical Officer: “It’s been a very strong qualifying for the team today. The big question was tyre choice; both drivers did their first run on the harder tyre, and Heikki decided to stay with that, while Jarno switched to the option. I think Heikki managed to get a lot out of it, and it’s a sign of how far we’ve come that we came very close to out-qualifying one of the Saubers – it would have been another great step forward for us to beat one of the established teams in a straight fight, and we’re nearly there.

“Jarno didn’t quite get the lap time out of the option tyre on his last run, and I think we as a team have to take responsibility for that – his lack of running yesterday really hurt his chances, especially on the options, so we have to say sorry to him for that. But overall it was a great performance from the whole team. Looking at tomorrow, this is always one of the unpredictable races, so you never know, but our aim will be to get the two cars to the finish”

Tony Fernandes, Team Principal: “It’s funny – a really good qualifying session for us, but really this weekend is all about getting cars across the finish line on Sunday. Having said that, today was another big step forward for us as we were just 2.34 seconds off the outright pace in Q1 and to be so close to a Sauber in qualifying is absolutely great, but also a bit frustrating as it would have been even better to beat an established team, and that shows just how far we’ve come in such a short time. Heikki did a fantastic job to push Kamui so hard, and Jarno also performed extremely well to stay ahead of the other new teams, particularly bearing in mind how little running he had yesterday. Tomorrow’s all about seeing the chequered flag, and that’s what we’re really focussing on, but I also think we can take the fight to the guys ahead, and I can’t wait to see how it pans out – bring it on!”


Mercedes GP Petronas


A below par qualifying performance from MERCEDES GP PETRONAS today saw Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher qualify in tenth and thirteenth places respectively for the Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.

Using the prime tyre for their only run in Q1, Nico and Michael progressed easily to Q2. Michael missed the cut for Q3 for the first time this season with his fastest time, set on prime tyres on his second run, only quick enough for thirteenth place.

Nico went through in seventh position but struggled with the options on his quick laps in Q3 and qualified in tenth place.

Drivers          Car No. Chassis No.     Practice 3 Qualifying 1   Qualifying 2   Qualifying 3

Nico Rosberg    4   MGP W01 / 02    P18   P4    1:16.350   P7    1:16.001   P10    1:16.071

Michael Schumacher   3   MGP W01 / 01    P4   P10   1:16.598   P13   1:16.492

Weather          Overcast

Temperatures    Air: 22-23°C   Track: 29-31°C


“That wasn’t a great qualifying session for us today. We have a good car here this weekend but unfortunately we couldn’t get the tyres to work properly this afternoon. That was the big issue for us today. The harder tyre wasn’t too bad in Q1 but we struggled with the option later on and there was just no more lap time to be had. It is very disappointing to be starting in tenth place but anything can happen in the race so we can only look forward and take advantage where possible tomorrow.”


“I am obviously disappointed after today’s qualifying. We simply did not have the balance or grip and overall we had a lot of problems with braking and handling. The car was just not performing as we expected. We had similar issues yesterday afternoon and we made some changes after second practice. This morning, the changes seemed to have made sense as our position was reasonable but this afternoon, I was facing similar issues again. It’s difficult to understand the reasons at the moment but we will look deeply into it now and find a good strategy for the race tomorrow.”


“A very disappointing qualifying session for us today, particularly as I was quite encouraged by our performance yesterday and this morning. However when it came to qualifying, we just weren’t able to put our laps together. We tried both the prime and option tyres but finding the performance seemed to get away from us. There was very little difference between the tyres and ultimately we struggled to get the best out of them.”


“Not the best possible result for us today. We certainly didn’t extract the maximum out of our cars and didn’t use the tyres in the best possible way. But tomorrow we will possibly be in a better position.”


Red Bull F1

Car 6 MARK WEBBER, Position: 2nd

“We thought we could do a good job in qualifying on the hard tyre and it turned out to be the case. We knew we would still try and have a crack at the front row, but we also knew the McLarens were very strong on the option tyre, which they elected to take. It’s a long race tomorrow, we’re planning to do the best we can and we’re hoping the tyres will be beneficial to us. We’re also mindful that there might be the odd safety car here and there – there are many different ways tomorrow’s race may unfold. But, we’ve stuck to our guns, done a great job and Seb and I are in the top three again.”

Car 5 SEBASTIAN VETTEL, Position: 3rd

“It was a pretty entertaining session, especially Q3. We went out on the hard tyres, which take a while to come in. We knew that and to be honest I didn’t get a good lap in until the very last lap, so it wasn’t perfect timing, but it worked. My final lap wasn’t that clean, so I’m happy I made it to third today; it’s good. Looking to tomorrow, I think I should have a good start as I’m on the inside. I’m happy that both Mark and I made it to these positions with what is, from my point of view, the right tyre. Yesterday’s practice showed that the soft tyre is quite difficult to last for more than a couple of laps.”

CHRISTIAN HORNER: “A really interesting qualifying session. We opted for a strategically different route to the other cars around us, by opting to run on the hard tyre. Both drivers felt it was the better tyre to start the race on tomorrow. I’m very happy with both Mark and Sebastian’s performance at this track that, coming here, we knew shouldn’t be one of our strongest. So to achieve second and third is a really strong team


(Renault) FABRICE LOM: “It’s a bit of a sad day, as it’s the first time we didn’t get pole position this year. But, it’s still a good result – second and third is very respectable, especially on this track. It’s difficult for engines due to the long straights, but we think we have the tool to do well during tomorrow’s race.”

Practice 3 Mark Webber: P2, Best Time: 1:16.340, Laps: 16, Chassis 4

Sebastian Vettel: P5, Best Time: 1:16.582, Laps: 16, Chassis 2


Renault F1 Team

2010 Canadian Grand Prix, Saturday


Robert Kubica, R30-03, P6, 1:16.653, 18 laps

Vitaly Petrov, R30-02, P10, 1:16.982, 18 laps


Robert Kubica, R30-03, P8, 1:15.715

Robert: It was another good qualifying session for us, but there was a difficult decision to make between the tyre compounds in Q3. During Q2 we clearly saw that the option tyre was quicker for qualifying, but, like yesterday, there was a lot of graining. So we made the decision to run the prime tyre for Q3 and, although that cost us some time in qualifying, it will hopefully put us in a good position for the race tomorrow. I’m looking forward to the race and it will be interesting to see how the tyre strategies unfold.

Vitaly Petrov, R30-02, P14 1:16.844

Vitaly: In Q1 everything went okay and we did a good job, but in Q2 I had some difficulty warming up the rear tyres. I tried to push hard for three laps to build some heat, but it still didn’t work. The main problem was under braking because I was losing the rear and there was very little traction. The car was better in Q1, so we need to understand why we lost performance in Q2. For the race tomorrow, I think it will be tough to overtake here and make up positions, but I will try my best.

Eric Boullier, Team Principal

The session today was all about the tyres because it’s clear that the option is the quicker tyre over one lap, whereas the prime will be better in the race. So it’s going to be interesting to see how the drivers cope with the tyres tomorrow. Robert ran Q3 on the prime, which we believe is the best way to start the race and hopefully we will get the rewards tomorrow. As for Vitaly, it was a little bit frustrating because he had a very good Q1 and showed good pace, but he struggled for grip in Q2 and we need to try and understand the problems he had. It’s a shame because I think he had the pace to make it into Q3 today. For the race tomorrow, we will fight hard to bring home points with both cars.

Alan Permane, Chief Race Engineer

It’s good to see Robert make it easily through to Q3 once again and it was a fairly straightforward session for him. The option tyre was quicker today and he ran that in Q2, but we then chose to use the prime tyre in Q3. This probably cost us a better starting position, but we feel it’s the better tyre to start the race on and hopefully we will have an advantage over those starting on the option in the first stint of the race. Vitaly struggled for grip in Q2 and unfortunately missed out on Q3. He will start 14th and can hopefully make some progress in the race to challenge for points.


Scuderia Toro Rosso


Sebastien Buemi: “Fifteenth is about the most I could do, so I am reasonably satisfied, although it was so close that a couple of tenths might have made a difference to the position, but the same thing applies to everyone and I think my lap was pretty good. The track improved an incredible amount today giving a lot more grip than on Friday, so you could accelerate and brake much harder this afternoon. It would be nice to get into the lower end of the points positions in the race, which would involve passing a few cars, but our long runs in free practice were pretty good and here you often get incidents and Safety Cars which mix up the order, so let’s wait and see. The team did a good job improving the car from yesterday.”

Jaime Alguersuari: “With the lack of grip from the track and the low temperatures it was hard for me to get the tyres to work at their best, but I can be happy with this afternoon’s performance, just half a tenth behind my team-mate. I think that, because of last night’s rain the track condition did not improve as much as we would have liked. As for tomorrow, anything can happen as Canada often produces a crazy race. We just need to stay on the track and see what develops!”

Giorgio Ascanelli: “I am happy to still be one step ahead of my pre-season prediction for where we would be in the order and our mini-battle with Sauber is swinging one way then the other. It seems that so far this weekend we have the upper hand. I suspect our technical package might be a little bit inferior to them at the moment, but today our drivers did a better job. I am more than happy with the work the team here, in the factory and the wind tunnel has done. It was a major effort for us to come here with a few new components: some of them are a factor of the specific nature of this track and others are down to the development programme, one element of which did not work, thus costing us some time yesterday. Overall, we look a bit better than in Turkey and I hope our race pace will be stronger, with the same level of reliability we have seen so far. Strategically this race will probably not be the standard one-stop and Safety Cars could play a big role. Tyre performance will be critical as the new track surface is making things difficult. Earlier this year the teams requested that Bridgestone produce a rear tyre with more degradation to make the racing more exciting and I expect we will see just that tomorrow, which might shuffle the pack a bit more than usual.”

Sebastien Buemi (STR5-02) FP3: Best lap 1.17.633, pos. 16th, 21 laps

Qualifying: Best lap 1.16.928, pos. 15th

Jaime Alguersuari (STR5-03) FP3: Best lap 1.17.331, pos. 13th, 22 laps

Qualifying: Best lap 1.17.029, pos. 16th


AT&T Williams F1

Canadian GP Qualifying

The AT&T Williams team drivers ran each other hard during qualifying for tomorrow’s Canadian Grand Prix, finishing the day just 4/100ths apart in 11th and 12th positions. With a high safety car probability and the likelihood of variable strategy choices driven by tyre characteristics, tomorrow’s race offers plenty of opportunity.

Rubens Barrichello:

It was good to battle with Nico today and I think the fact that we are so close shows that 11th and 12th was the best we could achieve today and we should be happy that we got the upmost from the car. For the race tomorrow, I know from experience that the race really demands that you look after your brakes, so I am confident that together with the tyre issues here that there will be a good opportunity to do well if we get everything right.

Nico Hulkenberg:

I think 11th and 12th is a pretty good outcome today – not of course what we want, but we extracted the most from the situation and for me at least, the track this afternoon was in the best shape it has been all weekend. Although it was a little frustrating to just be pipped by Rubens, I am confident that the tyre management issues will provide lots of strategy options and should make for an interesting race and plenty of opportunity for us tomorrow.

Sam Michael, Technical Director:

We made a good progression from practice to qualifying today and only missed out on the top ten by a narrow margin. Now we’re concentrating on our race strategy and tyre selection, which will be critical for the race.


Bridgestone Motorsport

Bridgestone Motorsport’s Saturday Update

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton powered to pole for the Canadian Grand Prix with Bridgestone’s super soft compound Potenza after an epic qualifying battle in Montreal.

Hamilton set his 1min 15.101secs time in the final moments of the session, edging out medium compound-shod Red Bull Racing driver Mark Webber. Hamilton was also fastest in the morning.

Q&A with Hirohide Hamashima – Bridgestone Director of Motorsport Tyre Development

What was significant about today’s running?

“Today we encountered a dirty, cold and slippery track surface in the morning due to overnight rain, and the track was also damp in places. Track conditions improved in the afternoon, but finding grip and getting the tyres to work at their potential is still difficult here in Montreal. The choice of which compound to use in qualifying was the most difficult it has been all season. The two compounds showed different characteristics, but ultimately similar lap times at the front of the grid. The difference in warm-up between the low temperature working range super soft and the higher temperature working range medium was evident in Q3. Lewis set a fantastic pole with the super soft on his second flying lap and Mark was very close to him with a time set with the medium compound on his fourth flying lap.”

What are the tyre strategy considerations for tomorrow’s race?

“The fastest two cars set their qualifying times on different compounds so they will start the race on different tyres. The medium compound takes longer to warm-up than the super soft, so the initial laps will be interesting. The durability of the super soft at the start of the race will be interesting too. The race start is at 12 noon local time which is probably not going to be the warmest time of the day, which will not assist tyre performance. From the longer run data we have seen we do not predict that the super soft will be very durable, and this and the graining we have seen means it is unlikely that we will see one stop strategies. Of course, there is also the possibility of rain. As ever, Montreal is providing everyone with a very big challenge.”

Courtesy: HRT F1, Lotus Racing, AT&T Williams F1, Renault F1, Red Bull F1, Mercedes GP Petronas, BMW Sauber F1 Team, Force India F1, Scuderia Toro Rosso, Bridgestone Motorsport © RIF