It is one of the most memorable corners on the Formula One calendar, having claimed some of the greats over the years, and qualifying 2016 was no exception.
This year the big casualty was Carlos Sainz, who hit the exit of the final corner early on in Q2. The Spaniard lost the rear of the car ever so slightly, just enough to hit the wall and break the suspension. That in turn pitched the car into the wall at the front damaging the whole right side of the car as he headed down the start finish straight, finally coming to rest at the end of the pitlane.
“What a shame. It had been a good weekend up until the first run of Q2, when I made a bit of a misjudgment and crashed at the Wall of Champions,” said Sainz after qualifying.
“It was a small mistake, but we all know that here in Canada a very little error can end your session… The walls here are all so close!
“I’ve slightly touched this same wall a couple of times over the weekend, but in today’s Quali I did it in a different way, just a bit harder.
“I knew that the fight to get into Q3 was going to be tough so I pushed that extra bit more and maybe this is the reason for this mistake. Fortunately though, we are looking strong and the points are won tomorrow, so we will make sure we fight for another top ten finish in the race.”
With rain expected on Sunday, Sainz will be starting out of position at the back of the field.