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

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 said on 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 :)

    • flatbeat said on 12th June 2010, 20:04

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

  2. Adam said on 12th June 2010, 19:24

    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.

    • macahan said on 12th June 2010, 20:52


      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)?

      • Adam said on 12th June 2010, 21:26

        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.

        • Enigma (@enigma) said on 12th June 2010, 21:31

          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.

          • 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.

          • Adam said on 12th June 2010, 21:58

            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. Rahim RG said on 12th June 2010, 19:25

    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!!!

    • Electrolite said on 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!

      • Dianna said on 13th June 2010, 12:32

        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. nick said on 12th June 2010, 19:26

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

    • madhu said on 12th June 2010, 19:34

      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??

    • Raveendhana said on 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. Ling said on 12th June 2010, 19:40

    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!

    • S Hughes said on 12th June 2010, 20:08

      Yes, it was lovely.

    • Nick F said on 12th June 2010, 22:25

      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. chris sz said on 12th June 2010, 19:41

    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???

  7. BasCB (@bascb) said on 12th June 2010, 19:43

    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…

  9. Rahim RG said on 12th June 2010, 19:48

    I’m sure Schumi has a wet setup

  10. Calum said on 12th June 2010, 19:48

    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.

    • GWbridge said on 12th June 2010, 20:30

      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. Petron@s said on 12th June 2010, 19:52

    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

  12. James_mc (@james_mc) said on 12th June 2010, 19:54

    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.

  14. electrolite (@electrolite) said on 12th June 2010, 19:57

    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.

  15. Johnny86 said on 12th June 2010, 19:59

    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.

    • explosiva said on 12th June 2010, 20:09

      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.

    • Adam said on 12th June 2010, 20:10

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

    • GWbridge said on 12th June 2010, 20:36

      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?

      • macahan said on 12th June 2010, 21:28

        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.

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