Haas F1 Team drivers Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean will start 11th and 20th, respectively, for the Canadian Grand Prix Sunday at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.
While Magnussen was able to advance to the penultimate round of knockout qualifying, Grosjean was unable to turn any laps. His car experienced a power unit problem as he drove down the pit lane, whereupon crewmembers had to retrieve his stricken machine and bring him back to the garage as qualifying began.
Magnussen carried the flag for Haas F1 Team by earning the ninth-fastest time in Q1 with a lap of 1:12.680 around the 4.361-kilometer (2.710-mile), 14-turn track, easily joining the top-15 drivers who moved on to Q2. There, he set the 11th-fastest time with a lap of 1:12.606, just missing the top-10 cutoff to advance to Q3. Magnussen ran exclusively on the Pirelli P Zero Pink hypersoft tire throughout qualifying.
Taking the pole for the Canadian Grand Prix was Scuderia Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel. His fast lap of 1:10.764 set a new track qualifying record at Montreal and was .093 of a second better than runner-up Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes. It was Vettel’s 54th career Formula One pole, his fourth of the season and his fourth at Montreal.
Before qualifying, drivers had one final practice (FP3) to dial in their racecars for a quick lap around the track. Both Magnussen and Grosjean began the session on the Purple ultrasoft tire before switching to the Pink hypersoft tire – the grippiest and fastest tire in Pirelli’s lineup.
Grosjean ran 16 laps and set the ninth-fastest time with a 1:13.014 on his final tour. Magnussen tallied 21 laps and earned his best time on his 16th lap – a 1:13.488 that put him 17th overall. Each driver earned their quick times with hypersofts outfitted on their Haas VF-18s.
Quickest in FP3 was Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, whose fast lap of 1:11.599 was .049 of a second better than Vettel.