Symbolic 44 for the HAMmertime!

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The n°44 has just reached his 44th pole in F1 (6th pole of the season). It’s a pretty wink to Henry Louis Aaron!He’s had no rival this afternoon. Both of Lotus and Sahara Force India have achieved their mission while Sebastian Vettel, Felipe Massa and Jenson Button had no power. Let’s review these qualifying tries in Notre-Dame…

Weather report: blue skies, T. air: 16-18°C ; T. track: 42-44°C ; humidity rate: 28-32% and wind speed: 1m.s (south)

Lewis Hamilton wants to forget his last disappointments on this track that he loves. The Briton started the HAMmertime from the Q2 (P1 in 1’14’’661 and pole in 1’14’’393). Mission hat-trick on tomorrow (pole, win and best lap on race). His new fan Gigi Hadid has to be happy with this result, eh? Nico Rosberg, second (+0’’309s), reported a huge lack of grip during his first attempt. Mercedes kept the best set of tyres for the race. Kimi Räikkönen has signed his best qualifying of the season (3rd ; +0’’621s). Valtteri Bottas has been classified fourth and he’ll aim the podium (fastest speed of the line-up in Q1=337,7 Km/h). Excellent prestation from both Lotus which have appeared in the top 6 (advantage for Romain Grosjean who was ahead in Q1 in 1’15’’833). Nico Hülkenberg has been a brilliant seventh (+1’’221s). Daniil Kvyat has been eighth in front of his team-mate. Sergio Perez has been tenth. Sahara Force India hopes to leave Canada with some points. Carlos Sainz Jr has signed the eleventh time. Max Verstappen, twelfth, is going to fall down in the bottom of the grid (P+5 because of the accident from MC and P+10 for the 5th engine). The STR driver can’t move back as many places so he’ll have a driving through on race. Marcus Ericsson has been thirteenth. Fernando Alonso has been inserted between both Sauber. Sebastian Vettel fails at the sixteenth row because of some electronic issues (MGU-H failure). In FP3, the German overtook a Manor under red flag and the FIA toughly punished him (P+5 on the starting grid and -3pts on his license). Being in the same situation as Max, he’ll have a DT. Felipe Massa, seventeenth, complained about some power issues in Q1. Roberto Merhi has taken the advantage on Will Stevens. Jenson Button didn’t take part in the session because of his ERS-related issues from this morning. McLaren changed some PU elements and the MGU-H on his car. That means a DT penalty on race.

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