Lewis Hamilton handed boost after penalties issued at 2023 Canada GP

Fernando Alonso will start on the front row following a three-place grid drop for Nico Hulkenberg.

After a hectic qualifying session at the Canadian Grand Prix, several drivers have seen their grid position for Sunday’s race altered, following a magnitude of grid penalties.

With the Circuit de Gilles-Villeneuve having started dry before turning wet following a late shower, many drivers went through the final sector incredibly slowly, to give themselves space for a push lap.

Carlos Sainz certainly made no friends, as he was seen impeding drivers at the final chicane throughout Saturday, both in Free Practice 3 and in qualifying.

The Ferrari driver was summoned to see the stewards after qualifying, after the Spaniard impeded Alpine’s Pierre Gasly and McLaren’s Lando Norris in the closing seconds of Q1.

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Somewhat ironically, it was Gasly who Sainz impeded during qualifying at the Spanish Grand Prix.

Gasly was absolutely furious with Sainz, given that he failed to make it out of Q1 due to having been impeded.

As a result, Sainz was slapped with a three-place grid penalty, demoting him from eighth to P11.

AlphaTauri’s Yuki Tsunoda was another driver to be awarded with a three-place grid penalty, after being deemed to have impeded Nico Hulkenberg in Q1.

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Tsunoda was also investigated for impeding Charles Leclerc; however, he escaped that incident without punishment.

His three-place grid drop has seen the AlphaTauri driver demoted to P19, as a result of qualifying 16th.

Home driver Lance Stroll also received a three-place grid for impeding, with the Canadian having blocked Esteban Ocon during Q2.

Stroll will now face a huge challenge to finish in the top 10 at his home race, due to him starting from 16th, rather than 13th.

Hulkenberg is another driver to have been slapped with a three-place grid penalty, but not for impeding.

The Haas driver lost his front row start after speeding under red flag conditions, following a crash for Oscar Piastri in Q3.

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Hulkenberg failed to slow to an appropriate speed seconds after setting a lap time good enough for second on the grid, with Piastri having lost the rear in the second sector.

The German will unfortunately start from fifth as a result.

If that wasn’t enough, both Williams drivers have been fined €10,000, after failing to return their tyres at the end of Free Practice 3.