For the second consecutive Grand Prix, Charles Leclerc failed to make it into Q3, with the Ferrari driver having been eliminated in Q2 at the Canadian Grand Prix.
Leclerc qualified P11 so will provisionally start on the sixth row of the grid at the Circuit de Gilles-Villeneuve; however, there are several drivers being investigated following a magnitude of incidents.
One of the drivers being investigated by the stewards is Yuki Tsunoda, who was eliminated in Q1.
Tsunoda was summoned by the stewards following two cases of impeding, with one of the incidents having involved Leclerc.
Tsunoda separately impeded Leclerc and Nico Hulkenberg, meaning he is at risk of a grid penalty.
Leclerc was furious to have been blocked by the AlphaTauri driver at the penultimate corner, something he made very clear over the team radio.
“Come on Tsunoda!” Leclerc shouted over the team radio. “Yeah, Tsunoda is quite a **** to be honest.”
“Copy, we’ve seen it,” replied his race engineer.
Leclerc was ultimately dumped out of qualifying in Q2, due to another strategy error by Ferrari.
Whilst the circuit was damp in Q1, there wasn’t actually any rain during the opening part of qualifying.
This continued into Q2, allowing drivers to switch from the Intermediates onto the Softs.
Leclerc wanted to make the switch but was told to complete a banker lap on the mixed weather tyre first, something which proved costly.
The 25-year-old was unable to set a competitive lap on the Soft tyres due to heavy rain in the closing stages of Q2, whilst others set multiple laps on the Softs prior to the rain.
Due to the heavy rain, everybody returned to the Intermediates, meaning Leclerc had no chance of setting a good enough time to progress to the final part of qualifying.
Starting from the sixth row will certainly be a challenge for Leclerc; however, he does still stand a strong chance of finishing in the top-five, if the race is dry.
Leclerc showed excellent race pace during Free Practice 2 on Friday, with Red Bull advisor Dr Helmut Marko having noted that the Monegasque’s lap times looked “very good”.