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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