Saturday, March 2, 2024

Hülkenberg Loses Front Row Start as Multiple Grid Penalties Given Out Ahead of Canadian GP

The grid for the Canadian Grand Prix will look quite different this afternoon, with multiple drivers being awarded grid penalties following an action-packed qualifying session in the rain.

Max Verstappen secured pole position yesterday for the fourth successive race and was set to start alongside Nico Hülkenberg in second place after the Haas F1 Team driver put in an incredible lap to beat the likes of Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton.

Unfortunately, the German driver’s second-place finish was revoked due to a violation of the red flag regulations. The FIA stewards discovered that Hulkenberg failed to adhere to the minimum lap time during a red flag period that resulted from Oscar Piastri’s crash in Q3.

Impeding took centre stage following the session with seven drivers being summoned to the stewards, with three drivers given penalties for their offences.

Carlos Sainz Jr. qualified eighth during the session, but blocked both Lando Norris and Pierre Gasly in the final corner, resulting in the BWT Alpine F1 Team driver losing out on a spot in Q2 and being eliminated. Sainz will now start eleventh on the grid, behind his teammate, Charles Leclerc, who was also summoned to the steward’s room for impeding Yuki Tsunoda but the incident was dismissed with no further action.

Tsunoda found himself in trouble for impeding Hülkenberg and was handed a three-place penalty, meaning he will now start nineteenth. Home favourite Lance Stroll was also given the same penalty for impeding Esteban Ocon and will start sixteenth on the grid.

Both Williams Racing drivers were also summoned to the stewards for not handing back their tyres after Free Practice Three, resulting in a 10,000 euro fine.

Here is how the grid looks ahead of today’s Canadian Grand Prix:

1 Max Verstappen RED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT 1:25.858
2 Fernando Alonso ASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES 1:27.286
3 Lewis Hamilton MERCEDES 1:27.627
4 George Russell MERCEDES 1:27.893
5 Nico Hulkenberg* HAAS FERRARI 1:27.102
6 Esteban Ocon ALPINE RENAULT 1:27.945
7 Lando Norris MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:28.046
8 Oscar Piastri MCLAREN MERCEDES 1:31.349
10 Charles Leclerc FERRARI 1:20.615
11 Carlos Sainz* FERRARI 1:29.294
12 Sergio Perez RED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT 1:20.959
13 Kevin Magnussen HAAS FERRARI 1:21.678
14 Valtteri Bottas ALFA ROMEO FERRARI 1:21.821
15 Pierre Gasly ALPINE RENAULT 1:22.886
16 Lance Stroll* ASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES 1:21.484
17 Nyck De Vries ALPHATAURI HONDA RBPT 1:23.137
18 Logan Sargeant WILLIAMS MERCEDES 1:23.337
19 Yuki Tsunoda* ALPHATAURI HONDA RBPT 1:22.746
20 Zhou Guanyu ALFA ROMEO FERRARI 1:23.342
*Hülkenberg, Sainz, Stroll and Tsuonda handed three-place penalties.