After the excitement of Monaco last time out, the drivers headed over to the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit for qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix.
The man setting the benchmark in Q1 was Fernando Alonso in the Ferrari, with a lap time of 1:14.916. But with eight minutes to go, Michael Schumacher was looking to turn around his misfortune of late and went quicker with a 1:14.892. Fellow German, Sebastian Vettel left it late to leave his garage and when he did, within a few laps he was topping the timesheets.
The first to drop out in Q1 were: Heikki Kovalainen, Vitaly Petrov, Jean-Eric Vergne, Pedro de la Rosa, Timo Glock, Charles Pic, Narain Karthikeyan
With the track temperature rising, Q2 saw Vettel continue to set the pace, but it was Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen having to climb out of the dropzone with five minutes remaining. Frantic action on track saw Felipe Massa in the Ferrari pick up his pace to go 8th, but hot on his wheels to get into Q3 were Romain Grosjean and Pastor Maldonado. With less than a second covering the top 14, it was Maldonado that provided an interesting end to the session, clouting the Wall of Champions as he tried to eliminate Jenson Button from the top 10.
Drivers out in Q2 were: Kamui Kobayashi, Kimi Raikkonen, Nico Hulkenberg, Daniel Ricciardo, Sergio Perez, Bruno Senna
Massa briefly took provisional pole in Q3, but then Lewis Hamilton, followed by Vettel took the top spot. The Red Bull driver gave the rest of the grid a masterclass in how to qualify on the front row and did so with a 1:13.784 to take a second successive pole in Canada.
- Sebastian Vettel
- Lewis Hamilton
- Fernando Alonso
- Mark Webber
- Nico Rosberg
- Felipe Massa
- Romain Grosjean
- Paul Di Resta
- Michael Schumacher
- Jenson Button