The grid is set for Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix, and today’s qualifying sessions delivered a few surprises.
Chief among them is Lewis Hamilton’s pole in the McLaren, a lap at 1:17.886 and fully .6 seconds quicker than the 2nd-place car of BMW driver Robert Kubica.
In this sport of tenths, six of them over one lap is a chasm. But F1 is also a sport of fuel strategy, and I can’t wait to see how that unfolds.
Teammate Nick Heidfeld didn’t fare so well on the day and qualified 8th, one second slower than Kubica. Quick Nick has had some bad luck this season. One second to your teammate is a very long time in Formula 1, but Heidfeld is a seasoned guy who knows how to race hard, and I can’t imagine he’s going to take it very much longer.
There are some unexpected contenders in the top ten who certainly excite things, including double world champ Fernando Alonso in the Renault and the Williams-Toyota of Nico Rosberg, who has been strong all weekend. Full results are here.
This race will be televised on FOX (as will the next three), so even the folks without fancy TV access can watch open-wheel racing at its highest level.
Last year in Canada, Lewis Hamilton ignited his challenge for the Driver’s Championship. As amrozinski points out, BMW-Sauber has no eyes for the World Championship, but it is looking for a win.
I said last week I thought a BMW could win. Kubica is well-placed. Heidfeld is ready to change his luck. Come Sunday at 1 pm EST, BMW-Sauber will look to pounce.