2018 Canadian GP: McLaren’s Worst Qualifying Yet, Alonso to Start 14th

Fernando Alonso, Qualifying, Canada 2018

As Fernando Alonso takes part in his 300th Grand Prix this weekend in Montréal, McLaren have not pleased their fans in the slightest, as they’ve delivered their worst qualifying performance of 2018.

McLaren, who got rid of Honda engines ahead of the 2018 season, have once again managed to be the worst of the Renault running teams – actually worsening their qualifying position in comparison to Canada 2017.

Alonso qualified 12th last year, 2.2s off Hamilton’s pole time – this year, it’s 14th for Fernando, 2.1s off this years pole time – meaning McLaren have barely improved…

Stoffel Vandoorne completes McLaren’s worst qualifying effor this year in 15th.

The McLaren’s are set for one of the most difficult races of the season due to the Montreal track layout, favoring Mercedes & Ferrari’s much stronger engines.

Race pace has been much better than qualifying pace for Fernando Alonso this season, but will this convert on a massively power demangin circuit? Only time will tell…

2018 Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix Qualifying Results
 DriverTeam
EngineTimeGap
1.germany Sebastian VettelFerrariFerrari1’10.764 
2.finland Valtteri BottasMercedesMercedes1’10.8570.093
3.netherlands Max VerstappenRed BullTAG1’10.9370.173
4.united_kingdom Lewis HamiltonMercedesMercedes1’10.9960.232
5.finland Kimi RaikkonenFerrariFerrari1’11.0950.331
6.australia Daniel RicciardoRed BullTAG1’11.1160.352
7.germany Nico HülkenbergRenaultRenault1’11.9731.209
8.france Esteban OconForce IndiaMercedes1’12.0841.320
14.spain Fernando AlonsoMcLarenRenault1’12.8562.092
15.belgium Stoffel VandoorneMcLarenRenault1’12.8652.101

Fernando Alonso, Post-Qualifying:

“We knew this could be a difficult circuit for us, but yesterday we felt competitive, the car was feeling good and we were fast.”

“Today the car was still feeling okay, but we lost that level of competitiveness. In FP3 we felt a little bit worse and less competitive and unfortunately, we confirmed in qualifying that we were not on the pace today.”

“It’s a disappointing day but the race is tomorrow, and hopefully we can recover some places with a solid start and the right strategy. This is a circuit that provides good opportunities for overtaking, and I still think points are a possible target for us.”