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Rosberg edges Hamilton for Montreal pole

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Sunday 8th June, 2014 - 5:00am

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Nico Rosberg celebrates pole in Montreal

Nico Rosberg celebrates pole in Montreal

Nico Rosberg recorded back-to-back pole positions after coming through a classic duel with his team-mate Lewis Hamilton in Montreal.

The Mercedes drivers went head-t0-head once again but it was Rosberg who pipped his team-mate for the second race in succession as he scooped pole by just 69 thousandths of a second.

Hamilton had topped the timesheets at the end of free practice on Friday and looked to be favourite for pole after heading Q1 and Q2.

However, the Monaco Grand Prix winner saved his best to the final top 10 shootout by posting a 1.14.874s effort.

Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel was third fastest a full six tenths behind the battling Mercedes duo, while his Australian team-mate Daniel Ricciardo was sixth.

Williams made the most of their Mercedes power advantage to record their best team qualifying of the season as Valtteri Bottas was fourth quickest just ahead of his more experienced team-mate Felipe Massa.

It proved to be a disappointing session for Ferrari as Fernando Alonso could only muster a time good enough for seventh spot, while his opposite number Kimi Raikkonen will line up in 10th position. The Scuderia boosted by upgrades had shown signs in practice that they could challenge both Mercedes and Red Bull.

Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne continued his impressive display at the Circuit de Gilles Villeneuve this weekend by securing eighth on the grid ahead of McLaren’s Jenson Button.

Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg narrowly missed out on the top 10 shootout by half a tenth and was forced to settle for 11th on the grid alongside rookie Kevin Magnussen.

Caterham’s Marcus Ericsson produced the only incident as he brought out the red flags at the end of Q1 when he crashed on the exit of the first chicane.

Meanwhile, Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez was unable to take part in qualifying after his car sustained chassis damage following an accident in final free practice.

Canadian Grand Prix Qualifying Results

Position Driver Team Time Gap
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m14.874s
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m14.953s +0.079s
3 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m15.548s +0.674s
4 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m15.550s +0.676s
5 Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m15.578s +0.704s
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m15.589s +0.715s
7 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m15.814s +0.940s
8 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m16.162s +1.288s
9 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m16.182s +1.308s
10 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m16.214s +1.340s
11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m16.300s Q2 +1.246s
12 Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m16.310s Q2 +1.256s
13 Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m16.472s Q2 +1.418s
14 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m16.687s Q2 +1.633s
15 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m16.713s Q2 +1.659s
16 Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m17.314s Q2 +2.260s
17 Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m18.328s Q1 +2.578s
18 Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m18.348s Q1 +2.598s
19 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m18.359s Q1 +2.609s
20 Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m19.278s Q1 +3.528s
21 Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m19.820s Q1 +4.070s
22 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari No Time   Q1 No Time

 

 

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