Vettel pips Ferraris to Canada pole

Sebastian Vettel has taken his sixth pole position in seven races, in qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix.

The Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa were close behind, while the McLarens struggled. Here is the full report:


Unusually fast times from the frontrunners put the backmarkers under pressure from the 107% rule.

A 1.13.822 from Alonso meant that Jerome D’Ambrosio was outside of the limits. However, despite this lap being the fastest of the weekend (and still outside 107%) the stewards have decided to allow him to race tomorrow.

Jarno Trulli out-qualified Heikki Kovalainen for the first time this year. Jaime Alguersuari was the main loser from Q1, and will start in 18th place.

Drivers knocked out of Q1:

18) Jaime Alguersuari

19) Jarno Trulli

20) Heikki Kovalainen

21) Vitantonio Liuzzi

22) Timo Glock

23) Narain Karthikeyan

24) Jerome D’Ambrosio


All of the frontrunners decided to put on the super-soft tyres, with the field being split on doing either one or two runs.

Times set earlier in the session paid off, as Schumacher (8th) and Petrov (9th) remained in the top 10.

Nick Heidfeld took 10th, while Paul di Resta was just pipped out of reaching Q3.

Drivers knocked out of Q2:

11) Paul di Resta

12) Pastor Maldonado

13) Kamui Kobayashi

14) Adrian Sutil

15) Sebastien Buemi

16) Rubens Barrichello

17) Pedro de la Rosa


Sebastian Vettel set his fastest lap early on in Q3, with Massa and Alonso close behind.

Racing style pit stops were the order for Ferrari, maximising the amount of time they were on the super-softs. They soon switched places, but failed to unseat Vettel.

A KERS problem hindered Webber, relegating him to 4th. Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button were 5th and 7th. Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher were 6th and 8th for Mercedes. The Renaults of Heidfeld and Petrov were the only cars in the 1.14 range.

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