Vettel takes second consecutive Canadian pole
Sebastian Vettel has taken his 32nd career pole position after an effortless Q3 performance last night in Canada.
The fight for pole position became a shootout early on between Rosberg, Hamilton, and Vettel, with the reigning World Champion setting a buffer of half a second to Fernando Alonso in P2.
The second runs of the session only provided Vettel with the chance to improve his pole time, securing his second consecutive Canadian P1 start with a time of 1minute 13.784seconds.
‘I think we’ve had a fantastic weekend so far to be honest,’ said the pole sitter. ‘We didn’t have any problems with the car.’
‘I was very happy in qualifying, so I was able to always get a little bit quicker.
‘Looking forward to the race tomorrow.’
Lewis Hamilton will start alongside the German on the front row, though the plentiful overtaking opportunities provided by Circuit Gilles Villeneuve means he won’t be disappointed with the result.
‘We definitely struggled to work the tyres,’ noted Hamilton. ‘We had to push extremely hard to get the tyres to switch on.’
‘We just managed to get through, so very very happy with the performance.’
Fernando Alonso could only manage third on the grid, just ahead of Mark Webber in fourth. Alonso’s Ferrari has been heavily upgraded this weekend, and the parts are already paying dividends.
‘The car felt quite good,’ explained the Spaniard. ‘We feel much happier now with the balance of the car, and the grip of the car.’
‘At the moment, we are extremely happy – and thankful for the guys at the factory.’
The car felt quite good
we feel much happier now with the blaance of the car, and the grp of the car
at the moment, we are extremely happy, and thankful for the guys at the factory.The car felt quite goodwe feel much happier now with the blaance of the car, and the grp of the carat the moment, we are extremely happy, and thankful for the guys at the factory
Nico Rosberg heads Felipe Massa in P5 and P6, while the lone Lotus in Q3 of Grosjean will start from P7 for tomorrow’s race.
Paul di Resta completed a single flying lap in Q3, which was good enough to beat Schumacher and Button to P8.
Michael Schumacher and Jenson Button – lining up in P9 and P10 respectively – both abandoned their second runs, unable to find performance in their cars.
Raikkonen used his radio at the end of Q1 to suggest that his Lotus-not-Lotus was experiencing differential problems. He used up all of his super-soft option tyres in an attempt to make Q3, but could ultimately manage just P12 while his team-mate passed into the final session.
Kobayashi led the midfield grid positions, pushed into the knockout zone by Button by just eight one-thousandths of a second. He led Raikkonen, Hulkenberg, and a disappointed Sergio Perez.
Bruno Senna and Pastor Maldonado rounded out Q2 for Williams, though Maldonado had the opportunity to progress to the third session before a spin at the final corner on his last flying lap. He had previously set the fastest first sector of the afternoon.
With rain cleaning the rubber from the seldom-used street circuit overnight, qualifying’s first session saw teams experiment with the super-soft tyre for fear of being caught out by a rapidly-evolving track.
The usual suspects found themselves knocked out nonetheless, and were joined by Jean-Eric Vergne. The Frenchman was particularly vocal this week about Toro Rosso’s poor showing so far this season, despite what appeared to be a promising start in Melbourne.
Vergne’s best time was only good enough for P19, and was outqualified by both Caterham drivers, with Kovalinen leading Petrov. The first-year STR driver leads Pedro de la Rosa, Timo Glock, Charles Pic, and Narain Karthkeyan.
The 2012 Grand Prix de Canada start Monday mroning at 4AM AEST.