Hamilton beats Red Bulls for third pole in Canada (Canadian GP qualifying)

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

It's three out of three for Hamilton in Montreal
It's three out of three for Hamilton in Montreal

Lewis Hamilton claimed his third pole position on his third visit to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

But he cut it very fine on fuel and had to switch his engine off as he returned back to the pits as McLaren feared they wouldn’t have enough to give a sample to the FIA.

The two Red Bulls, who had dominated qualifying previously this year, line up behind Hamilton on the grid for tomorrow’s race.


Qualifying began on a dry track in slightly warmer temperatures than at the end of final practice.

The teams wasted no time getting started, with Timo Glock queueing up at the end of the pit lane ready for the start, and quickly being joined on the track by the Lotuses, Vitaly Petrov and Karun Chandhok.

Most of the front-running teams used the medium compound tyres including the McLarens and Ferraris. But Red Bull began the session on the super-soft tyres, and Sebastian Vettel’s best time put him second, just 0.3s slower than Lewis Hamilton’s.

Kamui Kobayashi faced the threat of elimination at the end of the session and his last lap wasn’t good enough to reach Q2. He only narrowly beat Heikki Kovalainen’s Lotus.


Hamilton was the fastest driver again in Q2, but Jenson Button did not look as comfortable in the McLaren. The pair did lap times at the same time and Hamilton was a second quicker than his team mate.

The McLarens started the session on the medium tyres while most other teams ran the super softs. Button improved his time on the super softs but Hamilton didn’t need to improve his time and came back to the pits.

Vettel in the Red Bull was second, just three hundredths of a second slower than Hamilton, having used the super softs. Fernando Alonso was third, as he had been in Q1.

Button’s late improvement pushed Michael Schumacher deeper into the drop zone. He needed an improvement on his final run but braked too late at the final chicane and had to abort his run.

That left him 13th behind the two Williams cars while his team mate made it into Q3.


Only the McLaren drivers did two sets of laps in final qualifying. Hamilton’s first effort was again a second quicker than Button’s.

As they came back onto the track their rivals had joined them. And three of them, unusually, were using the medium compound tyre instead of the super-softs: both Red Bulls and Robert Kubica.

Red Bull found plenty of speed on the medium tyres, Mark Webber beating Hamilton to set the fastest time with a 1’15.373.

Sebastian Vettel look set to beat Webber’s time but repeated Schumacher’s mistake of cutting the chicane at the end of the lap and had to abort his lap.

McLaren cut Hamilton’s final lap very fine in more than one way. He had just six seconds to spare as he begun his lap, but set a 1’15.105 to beat Webber by more than two-tenths of a second.

But on his cruise back to the pits his team instructed him to stop the car as they were concerned he was short on fuel. Hamilton switched the engine off and stood up in the cockpit as the car rolled along, eventually getting out to try to push the car home.

McLaren will have to give a fuel sample after the session and if it turns out there is too little fuel in the car Hamilton could receive a penalty.

Assuming he doesn’t, this wasn’t just the first time Red Bull had been beaten in qualifying this year. It was also Hamilton’s third pole position in as many attempts at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Full qualifying times

Pos. # Driver Car Q1 Q2 Q3
1 2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’15.889 1’15.528 1’15.105
2 6 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’16.423 1’15.692 1’15.373
3 5 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’16.129 1’15.556 1’15.420
4 8 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’16.171 1’15.597 1’15.435
5 1 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’16.371 1’15.742 1’15.520
6 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1’17.086 1’16.171 1’15.648
7 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’16.673 1’16.314 1’15.688
8 11 Robert Kubica Renault 1’16.370 1’15.682 1’15.715
9 14 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1’16.495 1’16.295 1’15.881
10 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’16.350 1’16.001 1’16.071
11 9 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1’16.880 1’16.434
12 10 Nico H???lkenberg Williams-Cosworth 1’16.770 1’16.438
13 3 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’16.598 1’16.492
14 12 Vitaly Petrov Renault 1’16.569 1’16.844
15 16 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’17.356 1’16.928
16 17 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’17.027 1’17.029
17 22 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber-Ferrari 1’17.611 1’17.384
18 23 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’18.019
19 19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Cosworth 1’18.237
20 18 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Cosworth 1’18.698
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1’18.941
22 21 Bruno Senna HRT-Cosworth 1’19.484
23 25 Lucas di Grassi Virgin-Cosworth 1’19.675
24 20 Karun Chandhok HRT-Cosworth 1’27.757

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87 comments on “Hamilton beats Red Bulls for third pole in Canada (Canadian GP qualifying)”

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  1. Electrolite
    12th June 2010, 19:23

    Gutted for Koboyashi! I’m really hoping for no knee-jerk reactions on his performance.

    Thrilled for Williams’ climb, like a lot of people I can imagine :)

    1. gonna be a super exciting race tomorrow with the teams choosing different tyre strats…

  2. Anyone have speedtrap data for the full 24? Would be interesting to see the Mclaren/RB differential on their flying laps.

    On the basis on the straight line advantage and the nature of the track, I’m struggling to see how a red bull overtakes Hamilton unless his tyres go off to the tune of >2 seconds a lap. And starting on the option seems to me a far better proposition if you wish to switch to single stopping too; if the most aggresive tyre wear is going to come in the first 10 laps as the race gets established, I’d rather it happened on tyres I don’t intend to race 75% of the laps on.

    1. http://www.formula1.com/results/season/2010/831/6746/speed_trap.html

      What I think is interesting RedBull starts on hard and Ham on soft. They should be able to run lot longer then Hamilton if one of the two of them can jump him on the first lap if that is the case Hamilton is royalty sc…ed.
      Hamilton is 7 fastest and none faster then him has a higher then 8th start position. Webber 17 and Vettel 19th fastest yet 2 and 3rd. So I don’t think straight line no matter what all been said is not THAT important consider Ham 7th, Webber 17th, Vettel 19th, Alonso 10th fastest and starting in that order.

      Red Bull might have this race in the bag thanks to great strategy and excellent starting position. Will be one exciting race this I guarantee.

      So who will do the wall of champions?
      1 or 2 safety care periods? Will it happen before pit stop window opens (probably)?

      1. The idea that running long is an advantage is sooooo last year.

        Come on, anyone with sense looked at the new refueling rules and realised that as a general rule, stopping early is the best policy – no longer any fuel weight penalty for doing it, and you’re on better tyres on the crucial cross over laps.

        1. Well it’s not so hard to overtake in Canada – and the Red Bulls will have an advantage latter in the race, with fresher tyres, which means they’ll be faster than Lewis.

          1. McLaren may well be two stopping though. The Redbull isn’t a good car for overtaking and the McLaren is a good car for defending with, Redbulls only chance really is to jump Hamilton into the first corner.

            Frankly in a two stop situation I’d say McLaren have superior strategy, use soft tyre’s for a ten lap dash to the first pit stop. run a large portion of the race on hards, then possibly take another 10 lap dash on a rubbered in track at the end.

          2. They’re slower down the straights. Any overtaking will be a breaks test at the end of the straights. QED, they won’t be overtaking him.

  3. Great Battle…..Red bull look the Dark Horse….
    I dont know i have a feeling Michael or may be Rosberg are on a Wet Setup……?
    I think it either vettel or Hamilton tomorrow…
    Good job by Liuzzi too!!!

    1. Electrolite
      12th June 2010, 19:31

      I doubt it, but I sure hope they’r eon a wet setup! As a bit of Brawn GP/Mercedes fan i’m distrought they’re down in 10th and 13th :( My guess is neither of them could get a lap together. It happens!

      1. I know isn’t it dreaful :( Never mind perhaps the race will turn up trumps for MS as he was/(hopefully still is) a master at “moving up” when his back was/is too the wall.He seemed upset with the car I thought when he arrived back in the garage.

  4. liuzzi p6:)
    was sutil not using f-duct?

    1. i think yes from wht he said after the free practice……

      great job by liuuzi….
      and looks like a 2 pit strategy for all those who are in the soft compounds…..
      is it possible??

    2. Raveendhana
      12th June 2010, 19:48

      both force india drivers used f-duct, luizzi outpaced sutil because he reverted back to his old chassis, that might have helped him.

  5. Yes!!! Lewis finally did it!!
    Nice to see him stood up in the cockpit as the car rolled along & getting out to try to push the car home..sweet!

    1. Yes, it was lovely.

      1. Loved hearing the crowd cheering Lewis! Was an awesome lap and was great to see him pushing the car with the crowd cheering.

    2. I thought that was great too. Although at the time he was doing it I wasn’t sure what the rules were. I felt at the time that there was a high possibility he would have some kind of penalty. It didn’t happen though so I guess you are allowed to run out of fuel on your in lap.

      If you are allowed to run out of fuel then why doesn’t everyone do it? I can’t remember seeing it before. The less fuel ,the less weight, the faster you go.

      … I’m expecting the whole field to stop on track during qualifying for the next race. ;-)

  6. really disappointed about schumi! i wonder if their are hoping for a wet race,but if thats not the case they are laking quite some speed in canada.

    was hamilton told to stop his engine cos his tank was empty or was it because they thought he might not have the minimum weight in parc-ferme???

    1. They were consened that there might not be enough fuel to provide the mandatory fuel sample.

    2. Things are looking down for Schumi. This week BOTH Nicos outqualified him.

      1. Schumacher was outqualified by both Nicos in Malaysia too.

  7. That was a really thrilling qualifying.
    Q1 with Heikki getting in front of Kamuji, then the Sauber narrowly getting in front in the last moments. Button going throug to Q3 only in the last moments, both Williams getting in front of Schumi, Liuzzi getting into Q3.
    Then in Q3 we had Liuzzi right at the front, a stunning lap from Webber and great lap from Alonso. Vettel blowing it in the last chicane and Lewis really throwing the car around to get the last 100th out of it.
    And what a great scene with Lewis getting up in the car and even pushing it.

  8. FINALLY the red bull’s spree is over!! I wonder why Alonso did not switched to the harder primary tyres, they are always better for Ferrari…

    1. Your wrong, they heading for easy one-two with those tyres.

      1. your wrong, why would those tyres give them an easy 1-2 on a two stop track?

  9. I’m sure Schumi has a wet setup

    1. Yes.


  10. So you are pretty sure mclaren are going to get a punishment for too little fuel :/ that isn’t too good, I hate when you celebrate in f1 but the final results can be altered afterwards, but if it’s fine it will be a great Saturday result for mclaren.

    1. Does someone have a reference for a rule that running out of fuel is a violation of? I’ve seen that stated a couple of times with nothing to back it up. If he’s underweight, he’s underweight, but I would think they would have checked that before the interview session. I don’t see where there will be any penalty at all other than starting on used up tires.

  11. 1. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.889 1:15.528 1:15.105 -SOFT
    2. Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:16.423 1:15.692 1:15.373 -HARD
    3. Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:16.129 1:15.556 1:15.420 – HARD
    4. Alonso Ferrari 1:16.171 1:15.597 1:15.435 – SOFT
    5. Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.371 1:15.742 1:15.520 – SOFT
    6. Liuzzi Force India-Mercedes 1:17.086 1:16.171 1:15.648 -SOFT
    7. Massa Ferrari 1:16.673 1:16.314 1:15.688 – SOFT
    8. Kubica Renault 1:16.370 1:15.682 1:15.715 – HARD
    9. Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:16.495 1:16.295 1:15.881 -SOFT
    10. Rosberg Mercedes 1:16.350 1:16.001 1:16. -SOFT

    1. It’s awesome ain’t it.

  12. The Mercedes were poor. Schumi didn’t look on the pace and Rosberg kept on making the rookie error of following the racing line to the finish line rather than keeping alongside the wall to minimise the distance travelled.

  13. Uncle Ron back patrolling the garage this weekend, just to make sure there are no more unfortunate “miscommunications” where his lad is concerned, eh?

    Whitmarsh vs Dennis, the Legacy Battle.

    1. Yes, and so he should. He can see that there has been too much funny business going on.

    2. You are simply Hillarious

  14. Kubica is only the 3rd fastest on hard. I think he’s going to live up to the expectations for this race tomorrow and get into the top 5, provided the race benefits the strategy.

    1. red bulls are quite punishing on tires as compared Mclaren and Ferrari,

  15. Surely the fia must clarify the rules properly.Not to take anything away from him, clearly hamilton had a “lower fuel weight” advantage over the others.If no action is taken or at least a rule is clarified we may see all the Q3 runners just put enough fuel to complete their final flying lap and then park their cars with the minimum amount of fuel required.

    1. I don’t really understand your comment. All teams are carrying as little fuel as they can, and most add a little safety margin. Therefore, no team really has a “lower fuel weight” advantage over another as you put it. That was the whole point of the discussions that took place after last race, because the race pace and the subsequent “save fuel” messages up and down the paddock revealed that the teams are cutting it really fine w/ the amount of fuel they carry.

      I think Lewis just butchered his first lap and had to do another hot lap. So he may not have had enough fuel to get him back to the pits.

      1. http://adamcooperf1.com/2010/06/12/hamilton-pole-under-threat-from-fia/

        This could mean that Red Bull due to miss hands Pole to Red Bull and continue to dominate pole.

    2. Clarifications remove ambiguity – please let me know which rule you think is currently ambiguous, because otherwise you’re simply advocating a rule change.

    3. How can you clarify a rule that has not been written? There is no “fuel weight” requirement, and if Lewis had been underweight in general following qualifying, he’d probably be starting at the back of the grid rather than giving an interview. I do think they check these things, don’t you?

      1. There is a in lap speed requirements. Read the Adam Cooper blog link I posted above.

        “The question mark is over the fact that drivers are given a lap time within which they have to return to the pits during qualifying, a legacy of the fuel saving days of several seasons ago.”

        Time is 30% of your lap time. Over S1 and S2 he was 51% slower and aborted the lap without any mechanical failure.

  16. Anyone know how much fuel the teams need to give to the FIA?

    1. You are correct in that Hamilton never intended on doing a 2nd flying lap but had too with something like 15sec to go until the chequered flag. If it hadn’t of been for that he would of had enough fuel.

      Also the margin he go pole by is more than benefit he might of got by less fuel.

      Hope there is no silly penalty, he’s been faster all weekend, (FP2 they weren’t really trying)

    2. I think it is 3 liters, so Nicolas Kiesa on danish TV..

      1. Adam Cooper hints of 1 liter. If you discount his last lap he would been 4th fastest, second fastest of the soft tired cars.

  17. My point is that every car is filled with fuel thats enough to bring the car back to the pit lane after quali with at least the minimum amount of fuel required.Hamilton’s car didnt have that much fuel and hence stopped midway.Thus he had an unfair advantage over the others.i dont care if that advantage was less than the gap between him and mark.But the fact is he had an unfair advantage. What if mark had done the same thing . Maybe secure provisional pole,park the car mid-track,yellow flags come out and then you get pole. I know lewis didnt ruin anyone’s lap but unless the fia makes its compulsory for the cars to be parked in pits after quali with given amount of fuel(barring accident or mechanical problem in the in lap)this could happen again.

    1. martin bell
      12th June 2010, 20:56

      I think that you make a fair point here. If it gets waved through by the stewards, as seems likely, are we from now on going to see cars running out of fuel as they cross the finishing line at the end of their last qualifying lap?

      1. He get a reprimand and a fine. So now you can buy yourself a pole position. This is absurd. How many reprimands will Hamilton be allowed? This is to much. MacLaren deliberabtly broke regulations and allow to pay their way out of it. If he failed not having enough fuel in the car they should have been penalized. Nothing wrong with the car and he wouldn’t had brought it in within the 30% allowed margin per the rules and should been penalized.

        EPICFAIL.. Bad precedent.. McLaren buying themselves to pole. Lewis last lap at least should been taken away from him putting him 4th.

      2. That’s a risk they’re all welcome to take. If they want to cut it that close, they could very well run out of fuel 100m *before* the line.

        Hamilton’s final run was simply superb. As the other seasons have shown, he dominates quali at Canada through skill and courage. It would be cool if people could just acknowledge that instead of constantly trying to find some non-issue to whine about.

        1. NO it’s NOT. It’s not legal per the regulations. Reprimand now penalty for next offender. So Lewis stole pole on breaking rules and got away with it. P4 is his rightful position not P1.

  18. I wonder what kind of strategy are aiming Red Bull and Renault :O

  19. LordHesketh
    12th June 2010, 20:42

    The circuit must have started rubbering in like crazy. I can’t believe that Hamilton was able to get that lap out of the super-softs his second go around.

  20. Hamilton seems to flourish anytime Ron Dennis is around brimming with confidence. same happened today and the ol man was keeping a keen eye out and seemed to be enjoying it.

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