Canadian GP qualifying: Vettel keeps it together

It was business as usual for Sebastian Vettel at this afternoon’s Canadian GP qualifying, as he stuck his Red Bull on pole position for the sixth time this season. The Ferraris were the session’s surprise challengers, with Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa taking second and third, just ahead of a disappointed, KERS-less Mark Webber.

McLaren’s weak showing was the biggest shock of the afternoon, with Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button qualifying fifth and seventh, split by Nico Rosberg. Michael Schumacher and the Renaults of Nick Heidfeld and Vitaly Petrov also made the top ten.

Though it’s hardly surprising to see Vettel at the front of the grid (lord only knows what advertising space on his front wing must cost these days), anticipation was high that this could be the race where the finger-wagging German came unstuck. He’s never finished higher than third at the Gilles Villeneuve circuit, and his Red Bull has never really looked the part around its sweeping, high-speed corners. But in the end, not even a confidence-battering encounter with the track’s infamous ‘wall of champions’ in Friday morning’s practice session could keep him from the slot he’s become used to. And that’s why we’re tipping him to win his sixth race of the season tomorrow.

Here’s how they’ll line up for Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix:

1. Sebastian Vettel
2. Fernando Alonso
3. Felipe Massa
4. Mark Webber
5. Lewis Hamilton
6. Nico Rosberg
7. Jenson Button
8. Michael Schumacher
9. Nick Heidfeld
10. Vitaly Petrov
11. Paul Di Resta
12. Pastor Maldonado
13. Kamui Kobayashi
14. Adrian Sutil
15. Sebastien Buemi
16. Rubens Barrichello
17. Pedro de la Rosa
18. Jaime Alguersuari
19. Jarno Trulli
20. Heikki Kovalainen
21. Vitantonio Liuzzi
22. Timo Glock
23. Narain Karthikeyan
24. Jerome d’Ambrosio

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can someone win tomorrow other than vettel because the races and gualifying are getting very predictable

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Vettel is an amazing driver. Tomorrow will be a good race, anyone could win. Possible bad weather, Alaso rocket starts, Buttons uncanny ability to run deep with his tires, aggressive moves from Hamilton, an epic driver from Massa Petrov or Schumi.

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hamilton only fifth?,jenson only seventh?,they both have all to do now

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the mclaren has better race pace than qualifying pace. they have had the fastest car during the last 3 races. no good at pole but fast pace durin race.

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Looking for a Massa win here!

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that would be entertaining, massa has not been himself since the accident. maybe he just needed time to get back his mojo, maybe he is back now?

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lookout for Alansos demon starts, Ferrari could easily win in Canada, Mclaren and Lewis is going to drive his car like a mad man so watch out for Ham, he is always a contender for the win. We might have surprise winner tomorrow also. Mclarens race pace is better than there quali performance. Vettel is always a contender but its not going to be easy.

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alonsos looking strong.i tip him to win tomorrow

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wa time d race at

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Vettel must have become a nightmare for the by default egomaniac drivers…

His series and dominance must brake after a while, only – what – 4 drivers? had such a string of successes in the history of formula 1?

Anyway – I would bet my money on Alonso today – he is still the most complete driver in the field, still has the edge over Vettel because of his experience. Webber was fighting back last year, this year it looks like he faced the reality and gave up – he is now the de facto #2 team driver.

Massa – so good to see him back up where he belongs, this is a great sign of live “I`ll be back!” I saw him out already.

Hamilton – well, it looks like he is not learning, he is falling back. He is not the great champion as everybody saw him still some time ago. He will not become either. – but – he is so much fun seeing driving him, he is #1 entertaining driver in the field. Proof me I am wrong please!

Button – this can be a Button race, especially if we get some rain. He is one of the most reliable and intelligent driver.

SO PLEASE LET IT RAIN

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Forecast for the race seems to be light drizzle throughout!
This may play into the hands of the Mclaren’s & Merc’s but i still believe Ferrari has the edge over the rest of the field (including Red Bull…. for this race at least)

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if it rains… remeber that(while there are a number of very good drivers in the wet) its vettel the new rainmaster of f1

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it is raining!

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