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)

  1. explosiva said on 12th June 2010, 20:03

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

    • BBT said on 12th June 2010, 20:18

      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)

    • Gustav said on 12th June 2010, 20:57

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

      • macahan said on 12th June 2010, 21:31

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

  2. Johnny86 said on 12th June 2010, 20:32

    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.

    • martin bell said on 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?

      • macahan said on 12th June 2010, 21:42

        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.

      • David BR said on 12th June 2010, 21:48

        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.

        • macahan said on 13th June 2010, 0:42

          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.

  3. Catalina (@catalina) said on 12th June 2010, 20:32

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

  4. LordHesketh said on 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.

  5. Pking007 said on 12th June 2010, 20:44

    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.

  6. Stuart Hotman said on 12th June 2010, 20:49

    I think you need a litre available for sample at any time during the weekend, but thats just from memory. It is not sufficient to just let the vapour condense as Jordan indicated, cos you still may not have enough.

  7. KevinC (@kevinc) said on 12th June 2010, 20:50

    Anyone else think Bruno Senna is doing an excellent job in qualifying this year?

  8. ciaran said on 12th June 2010, 20:55

    I missed nearly all of the qualifying.The Irish teletext service(Aertel)said it began at 20 past 7.
    Anyways good on Lewis on getting pole position.

  9. vitor said on 12th June 2010, 21:02

    Red Bull has the advantage over Hamilton.
    hamilton to go with the heavy car and with the softer tires will eventually destroy them.
    Red Bull and Renault left when they have these tires for the car lighter.
    the red bull abdicated from pole to try a better race.

    • Adam said on 12th June 2010, 21:55

      If Hamilton is infront of the Red Bull until he pits for better tyres, and is quicker down the long straights, such that there isn’t a cats chance in hell of an overtake unless they take him off the line, I really fail to see where Red Bull’s advantage lies.

      That is, of course, before we factor in the standard 0.5s McLaren race pace effect.

  10. Robbie said on 12th June 2010, 21:03

    That final lap from Lewis was a stormer. For a minute there I thought ‘oh no, not another Red Bull lockout…’ but when I saw the big ‘1’ pop up at the end of his lap I actually cheered.

    Gutted for for Schumacher and Kobayashi.

  11. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 12th June 2010, 21:05

    Sure enough, the FIA are looking into Hamilton’s lap:


    • Robbie said on 12th June 2010, 21:08

      That will be extremely disappointing if they penalise him after he put in such a good performance there. I really hope nothing happens.

    • GektorS said on 12th June 2010, 21:17

      If he finally got a penalty my prediction is gonna be screwed up completely!!!

      FIA give Lewis a chance

    • statix said on 12th June 2010, 21:50

      he should be penalised, as an example. teams mistake – they should pay for it. i think -5 places on grid would be fair :)

    • Paul A said on 12th June 2010, 22:00

      Apart from the 30% over-time in the first two sectors, rule 30.13 states: “If a driver has serious mechanical difficulties he must leave the track as soon as it is safe to do so.” Low (or no) fuel must be seen as a “difficulty”; coasting along half out of the car, then pushing it is hardly “leaving the track” let alone “as soon as…”.

      I’m concerned that if this had happened just a few minutes earlier, there could well have been a [potentially major] safety problem – yellow, even red, flag. If the stewards do nothing, are we going to see a proliferation of *ultra* low fuel loads during quali?

      Every driver/team should push the envelope to the maximum, but I’m not convinced that McLaren didn’t take matters a tad too far with Hamilton today (nothing personal, just general safety.)

  12. Robbie said on 12th June 2010, 21:06

    Also nice to see Lotus doing well, really pushing ahead. In a few races time I’m willing to bet they’re going to overtake the Saubers in qualifying.

    Great to see Liuzzi doing really well too.

  13. Dave Nolan said on 12th June 2010, 21:09

    Adam Cooper on his blog site is nearly 100% certain to lose his pole time due to the low fuel issue on his in-lap. His in-lap time was also outside the allowed 30% limit for Sector 1 & 2.

  14. 97kirkc said on 12th June 2010, 21:14

    One of the best qually hours I’ve seen in a long long time. Great to see a vast improvement by Williams and to have MSC behind them I bet will make it seem even better, despite not quite getting into the top 10.

    They need to work with Cosworth though as that does seem to be the achilles heel again, losing around 2/3 tenths in the final sector compared to the drivers around them.

    Safety car is pretty much standard practice, but I cant see those soft tyres working at the start for very long at all, so I think RBR have still got the ball in their court.

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

      I was rooting for one of the Williams to make it to the last Qualifying round, but 11 and 12 ahead of MSC is indeed a good result for them. Maybe they had a point in wishing for both cars in the points after all. Until today I was really skeptical of that coming true.

  15. Younger Hamilton said on 12th June 2010, 21:34

    Lewis on Pole YES!!! Thats what im talking about i knew Redbulls pole streak would end i knew it.But a lot of Hard work tomorrow in the race for Lewis.He’s on the options but Redbulls are on Primes so hoping for a safety car period but its not actually all Red Bull Tyre advantage,they struggled on the Options as well so they might find themselves at a 2 stop strategy as well as everyone else besides i think Lewis coped with the options the best of everyone so Lewis still has a big chance of winning the race.

    • statix said on 12th June 2010, 21:53

      it did not ended? only teoretically. rbr gave away the pole but now they have hard tyres and will win the race.

      • Adam said on 12th June 2010, 21:57

        Please explain how.

        Subject to stewards, they’re behind Hamilton until he chooses to pit, at which point he’ll be on the same tyres as them, except newer.

        • statix said on 12th June 2010, 22:21

          how rbr will win?
          tonight showers = no rubber tomorow on track.
          heavy car + soft tyres + hard track + hamilton style = no tyres afer 5 laps.
          he pits and outs somewhere after buemi = no podium.

          … but thats only my scenario :)

          • Nick F said on 12th June 2010, 22:46

            Yes I think that’s a possibility. Equally likely though is that there is a safety car within the first 5 laps which allows him to change to hards. Then he is in a great position.

            Field spread, how much the track rubbers in and helps the softs later in the race, and safety cars are the imponderables that will decide the result of the race. It’s exciting to have a split of strategies. I have no idea how the race will go. High tyre wear should make the race much more exciting and unpredictable as will the 2nd stop if they are going to do one.

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