Canadian Grand Prix: it’s Vettel on pole, but is Alonso the one to watch?

So. Are we finally starting to see a pattern emerging now? The top four on tomorrow’s Canadian Grand Prix starting grid corresponds, roughly, with the top four in the 2012 World Championship standings; Vettel from Hamilton from Alonso from Webber. Two Red Bulls in there. Two Red Bulls that have this weekend twice had to adapt to regulation, ahem, ‘clarifications’. Maybe the RB8 is every bit as fast as its predecessors after all. Oh dear.

McLaren (and for now that might as well read ‘Lewis Hamilton’, as Jenson Button once again was obliged to phone it in, though he did make Q3 this time) saw its domination of Friday’s free practice fade away. Lewis could not get within three-tenths of the World Champion when it mattered. Jenson Button meanwhile starts in tenth.

Likewise Mercedes, who might as well have designed its trick F1 W03 for this track: Rosberg starts fifth, Schumacher ninth. And this season’s fastest wild cards, Sauber and Lotus, failed to live up to the promise, only Romain Grosjean making the top ten. Driver talent more than chassis speed saw Paul di Resta qualify the Force India in eight. No wonder he is said to be on both Mercedes and Ferraris dance card for next year.

And a Ferrari might just be the best place to be in 2013. The F2012 started this season locking up and sliding about the streets of Melbourne and generally obliging its drivers to miss the apex. Not any more. Though it’s clearly not as quick yet as the RB8, its evolution has been spectacular and there’s a more to come. This is a very different approach Ferrari to anything we’ve seen in the past where, typically, the team’s performance would gently disintegrate over a season if it didn’t start it with a huge advantage.

It’s an approach that has clearly got Fernando Alonso motivated. We’re thinking tomorrow’s race, and indeed the rest of the season, is going to be about ‘Nando versus the Red Bulls. If Sebastian Vettel wants to make it three on the trot, there’s one man he’s going to have to beat, starting tomorrow.

We’ll be back with more thoughts in the morning – let us know your tips for winner below in the meantime…

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why cant jenson have a good car anymore cos lewis has? i genuinely feel sorry for the guy because he had no front end grip in quali and the race in spain and now he can only quali 10th.well done vettel,1.13.7 clearly being a very fast time. i thought alonso might do well this season,but he pulled off near miracles before all the upgrades.with force india i hope this isnt a fluke race where it just happened to be up there like williams and sauber and partially toro rosso (btw im thinking of melbourne). no lotuses up there,quite surprising. i want alonso or hamilton to be WDC but i will not be surprised if it is vettel because it is getting very normal.alonso to win tomorrow

briefly,WHAT A PERFORMANCE!!!!!!!!!!! the russians look really good to win the euros this year

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The bias towards McLaren from the site, let alone the author, is near unbearable. Are you reporting, or cheering? The bias against Red Bull is laughable. “Vettel on Pole”, with a picture of Fernando… Subtle, guys…
Give Seb his dues. Quit whining about Lewis. He’s good but he’s not the best.

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BBC annoys me with this biased trash in almost every F1 article or broadcast.
Guys here are Hamfanboys .. I think the issue is that they are all sour because Vettel is better than their fav driver.

Anyway, good qualifying session as they all have been this season. Its going to be another exciting race, I wonder how these soft tires will hold up on such a fast track?

Will Lewis or Alanso take the position, we know that pole position is not necessarily the most important position on this track, we all remember how the Ferrari teammates are capable of the rocket starts.

Its going to be another exciting race.

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Definitely going to be an exciting race. Lap times are 2 seconds slower on Monaco and that track is shorter by 1.021 km! These high speed sections are going to be great for overtaking as the cars that need more aero downforce will be at a disadvantage to those with less. The turns are just as tight as Monaco too, the tracks are very similar.

Also glad to watch a race live at a normal time being that I’m in NY, USA.

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how much better though,if he is,which he might not bee cos hes A DULL DRIVER AS F***.i agree on the fact that bbc hate vettel just looking at teletext this morning,not picking up about how it was three tenths quicker(the lap) than alonso,but on how they ran “an illegal car” which it wasnt.

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alonso to pip hamilton and vettel going into turns 1 and 2.

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I think its highly possible that Alanso will get a rocket start, he is good at that. No one is as good over a single lap or getting that 1s gas as Vettel is so its going to be an exciting battle, 6hrs to go. My eyes are on Renault and Mercedes, interesting to see what they will do, do not count Button out either.

Vettel being boring is what all Vettel haters say, in my opinion no F1 drive drives boring, thats so ridiculous to say.. because he is efficient, makes little mistakes, able to push to thee limits and restrain himself when necessary, because he job well he is boring? lol yeah huhu Vettel haters be in fear because history books are being rewritten by boring Vettel. 32 pole positions. Think how this pisses off Lewis as he considers himself the best in the world and possibly the best ever, yet Vettel creams him in every category with a younger career.

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Alonso is faster than you, awesome drive
from an awesome driver.
well done Vettel, great lap.

good to see Massa, continue his return to form.

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u dont like being excited clearly

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