Vettel grabs pole in Canada

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Sunday 10th June, 2012 - 7:26am

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Sebastian Vettel (centre) along with Ferando Alonso (left) and Lewis Hamilton following qualifying in Montreal

Sebastian Vettel has scored pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal despite a last-ditch effort from Lewis Hamilton.

The Red Bull Racing driver clocked an impressive 1m 13.784s, Hamilton (McLaren), who had a new set of super-soft Pirelli tyres in Q3, had to be content with beating Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso to the front row with 1m 14.087s.

Vettel’s performance came despite Red Bull being told to change their front hubs and brake ducts after the FIA feared that they were conferring an aerodynamic benefit and the recent modification to the rear floor of the RB8.

“I enjoyed qualifying today,” said Vettel.

“Even without the hole in the floor!”

Behind Alonso was Mark Webber (Red Bull) ahead of the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and Felipe Massa (Ferrari).

Romain Grosjean was a strong seventh for Lotus, while Paul di Resta finally turned the tables on Force India team mate Nico Hulkenberg to be eighth. Mercedes’ Michael Schumacher was ninth ahead of Jenson Button (McLaren).

As Vettel headed Alonso and Hamilton, Q2 ended with drama as Williams’ Pastor Maldonado crunched the ‘Wall of Champions’ followed by a 360 degree spin. Kamui Kobayashi (Sauber) was 11th, losing out to Button by eight-thousands of a second, with Raikkonen next for Lotus and Hulkenberg.

Australia’s other representative Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso) will start 14th ahead of Sergio Perez (Sauber), the Williams duo of Bruno Senna and Maldonado.

RESULTS: Canadian Grand Prix Qualifying

Pos

No

Driver

Team

Q1

Q2

Q3

Laps

1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:14.661 1:14.187 1:13.784 16
2 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:14.891 1:14.371 1:14.087 22
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:14.916 1:14.314 1:14.151 23
4 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:14.956 1:14.479 1:14.346 19
5 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:15.098 1:14.568 1:14.411 25
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:15.194 1:14.641 1:14.465 24
7 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:15.163 1:14.627 1:14.645 28
8 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:15.019 1:14.639 1:14.705 22
9 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:14.892 1:14.480 1:14.812 18
10 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:14.799 1:14.680 1:15.182 24
11 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:15.101 1:14.688 21
12 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:14.995 1:14.734 22
13 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:15.106 1:14.748 18
14 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:15.552 1:15.078 21
15 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:15.326 1:15.156 21
16 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:14.995 1:15.170 20
17 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:14.979 1:15.231 21
18 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:16.263 12
19 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:16.482 10
20 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:16.602 12
21 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:17.492 8
22 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:17.901 10
23 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:18.255 9
24 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:18.330 9

 

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