Vettel leads all the way in Canadian GP qualifying

2012 Canadian Grand Prix qualifying

Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Montreal, 2012Red Bull have been forced to remove holes from their floor and change their wheel hubs in the past two weeks – but it didn’t stop them being quickest in qualifying in Canada.

Sebastian Vettel led qualifying every step of the way and claimed pole position for the second year in a row in the Canadian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton took second on the grid ahead of Fernando Alonso.


As qualifying began under clear skies, temperatures at the track had climbed to their highest so far during the weekend, passing 40C.

The drivers found the tyres gave their best performance after several laps. Vettel began his run late and stayed out on softs, setting a best of 1’14.661.

As usual the Caterhams, Marussias and HRTs were eliminated, but there were a few changes in the usual order. Both Heikki Kovalainen and Vitaly Petrov out-qualified Jean-Eric Vergne, who was over a second slower than his team mate.

Pedro de la Rosa delivered on the potential HRT showed in practice, out-qualifying both Marussias.

Several of the front runners made late runs on super-soft tyres in case of sudden improvements by the slower drivers, but few found it necessary to improve their times and returned to the pits.

Drivers eliminated in Q1

18 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1’16.263
19 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1’16.482
20 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’16.602
21 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1’17.492
22 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1’17.901
23 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1’18.255
24 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1’18.330


Vettel led the times again in the second session, setting a 1’14.187 which put him out of reach of Hamilton by over a tenth of a second.

Alonso split the pair with a late lap in the Ferrari. He pitted, joining them along with Webber, Schumacher and Rosberg as the rest made final attempts to reach Q3.

Grosjean fell short with his first effort but had just enough time to start a final lap. That proved crucial as he crossed the line with a 1’14.627 to take seventh. Massa was also safe with a 1’14.641.

For the third weekend in a row Button’s time looked vulnerable – his lap of 1’14.680 left him tenth and Pastor Maldonado was on a hot lap. The Williams driver was fastest in the first sector but as he came out of the final corner he clipped the wall and spun.

That let Button off the hook and condemned Maldonado to elimination along with his team mate.

Daniel Ricciardo produced an excellent lap for 14th ahead of Sergio Perez.

The other Sauber of Kamui Kobayashi missed the final ten by the tiny margin of eight thousandths of a second.

Drivers eliminated in Q2

11 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1’14.688
12 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1’14.734
13 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1’14.748
14 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1’15.078
15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1’15.156
16 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1’15.170
17 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1’15.231


Vettel’s first lap in Q3 was quick enough for pole position. But with Hamilton and Alonso looking quick, he returned to the track for another effort.

He lowered his best to a 1’13.784. Hamilton came closest to beating him but he was still over three-tenths of a second slower.

Alonso began his last lap with a first sector that was fractionally faster than Vettel’s. But he lost time over the rest of the lap and ended up third. He will share the second row with Mark Webber.

Nico Rosberg made it four different constructors in the top five, followed by Felipe Massa.

Paul di Resta did a single run which was good enough for eighth behind Grosjean.

Behind them were Schumacher, who crossed the start/finish line too late to begin his final lap, and Button, who set his time on softs instead of super-softs.

Top ten in Q3

1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1’13.784
2 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1’14.087
3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1’14.151
4 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1’14.346
5 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1’14.411
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1’14.465
7 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1’14.645
8 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1’14.705
9 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1’14.812
10 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1’15.182

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59 comments on Vettel leads all the way in Canadian GP qualifying

  1. Eggry (@eggry) said on 9th June 2012, 19:14

    It was so disappointing that getting into Q3 the gap got much wider than previous sessions.

  2. evolutionut (@evolutionut) said on 9th June 2012, 19:18

    first five guys in quali are exactly how i predicted for sunday :)

    • Divye (@ironshirt) said on 9th June 2012, 19:22

      same here! however of them in the same order for me :-(

    • xeroxpt (@) said on 9th June 2012, 20:45

      Yesterday I was so sure about Hamilton, despite that all my predictions went right, the increase in 10 degrees really made Vettel get in the groove again, his level of confort is amazing the car looks amazing and great performance by Seb again yet we must hope for another winner maybe Hamilton can have a say about it, they have better straight line speed for sure and maybe this will be the day where RedBull makes a mistake, let’s hope for it so I can win this round of the Predictions champ. lol.

      • Teteto said on 9th June 2012, 20:47

        I don’t think so . Alonso is the one that has a say in it. Hamilton used all of his se tires while Alonso and vettel save one set.

        • danclapp (@danclapp) said on 10th June 2012, 10:58

          @ tetalo lol keep talking my friend we know u always use ham in every sentance lol alo gt done by ham and u can clearly see macca are nt quick look at button were as we know ferrari r good because mass is quick

  3. walster (@walster) said on 9th June 2012, 19:18

    just heard horner, red bull haven’t beaten canada yet. i’d say they are very determined. on a side note, i have to use my facebook to log into live blog, and my acount to post in comments. sorry they are not the same. is this just the way it is. likely me eh?

    • Jeanrien (@jeanrien) said on 9th June 2012, 19:39

      @walster Same here … I wish I could post under my F1 fan account into the live (in fact I can reply to people but not send new thread with this one, quite annoying … Anyway always nice company to follow it live here and complete those comentators :p )

  4. BOSS (@boss) said on 9th June 2012, 19:18

    go hamilton go

  5. Mallesh Magdum (@malleshmagdum) said on 9th June 2012, 19:26

    Good to Force India in P8 after a long time

    • mhop (@mhop) said on 9th June 2012, 23:30

      Another great performance from di Resta.

      Is Paul a contender for driver-of-the-season-so-far? He’s absolutely maximising the opportunity in that car.

    • rahulsampath said on 10th June 2012, 5:02

      Good pace from Force India. Nico Hulkenberg would have easily got through Q3, as his first and third sector was quicker than di resta by .3 seconds,but due to yellow flag he had to slow down in the second sector.

  6. Younger Hamii (@younger-hamii) said on 9th June 2012, 19:31

    Was an interesting quali today, should not really been that mystified as to where had all the extra pace gone from Ferrari & McLaren, I’d say… Vettel somewhat surprised to be three tenths quicker than Hamilton & Alonso in P2 & P3 respectively, Alonso will be disappointed but very satisfied at the same time & Hamilton will be happy to be on the front row. Great lap by Vettel it must be said, especially the first run in Q3, just well controlled, Webber & Button have been true disappointments of the weekend so far, honestly I’d much prefer Rosberg ahead of Webber ( Massa is a bit questionable too).

    This season seems to be quite shape-shifting; running along with the unpredictable, with Canada showing glimpses of the 2010 season, one-stop strategies being the favourable direction for tomorrow’s race (which manufacturer does that remind you of?) but with warmer track + air temperatures than on Friday, it would be intriguing to know how the race is going to pan out. Hoping for a stunning race that will contrast Monaco.

    • Antonio Nartea (@tony031r) said on 9th June 2012, 19:58

      Webber & Button have been true disappointments of the weekend so far

      I don’t know about Webber. P4 seems a decent spot to start the race from. He equaled his second best quali result at Montreal, if I’m not mistaken…

  7. carbon_fibre (@carbon_fibre) said on 9th June 2012, 19:37

    Very good session.And for once there were no surprises in the top 3.
    I hoped Massa would do a bit better.He was constantly 3 tenths off Alonso in sector 1.That’s strange.

  8. I Love the Pope said on 9th June 2012, 19:43

    I think Vettel could put a Mercury Cougar on pole.

    • xeroxpt (@) said on 9th June 2012, 20:47

      the way he set up that car is unreal watching his onboards watching the rear slide through corners on such a perfectly controlled manner when he sets it up right no one can beat him, just unreal gosh how i dislike Vettel.

    • BBT (@bbt) said on 9th June 2012, 20:49

      RBR currently have the best car IMO, as I said yesterday, but I agree he maximised it.

      • dkpioe said on 10th June 2012, 8:25

        i think the difference was the driver this time. hence the margin to webber. vettel is a masterful qualifier.

    • Max Jacobson (@vettel1) said on 10th June 2012, 10:38

      With a predictable car and a good set-up, Vettel beat Webber by almost 6 tenths of a second. I think Vettel has re-discovered his qualifying mojo!

  9. damonsmedley (@damonsmedley) said on 9th June 2012, 19:48

    Pretty standard qualifying session with nothing too exciting.

    Had a strong sense of déjà vu, too, as it reminded me of the 2010 season with Vettel, Alonso, Hamilton and Webber battling it out for pole. All the whining about F1 being too predictable will look a bit silly later in the year, especially if someone runs away with it like in 2011. There’s only so many drivers that will win this year, and the championship story will develop itself along the way. And hopefully that feeling of déjà vu continues, as I’d readily welcome another 2010!

  10. Overwatch (@overwatch) said on 9th June 2012, 19:56

    Same song with Schumacher and Mercedes…Possible second row wasted…

    • dkpioe said on 10th June 2012, 8:26

      yep, this track and monza look like the ones that would best suit their car, a wasted opportunity.

  11. AndrewTanner (@andrewtanner) said on 9th June 2012, 20:13

    Like @damonsmedley said, not the most exciting of qualifying sessions, however, we should be in for a good race tomorrow. Button having a bit more freedom with the tyres should allow him to make up some places in the race and who knows, with last years heroics he could be in the mix for 25 points. Impressed with Massa, just .3s off Alonso is respectable and so far looks like a continuation in form from Monaco. Given the completely different characteristics of the circuit that’s good, however we will only know for sure tomorrow.

  12. sumedh said on 9th June 2012, 20:17

    I hope it is not a 1-stopper tomorrow as many are predicted. It will be boring as hell then.

  13. xjr15jaaag (@xjr15jaaag) said on 9th June 2012, 20:18

    I said after P3 that I’d tip Vettel for pole, but by that margain given the relative performance between the cars is incredible. 0.562 seconds faster than webber. WOW

  14. Guilherme (@guilherme) said on 9th June 2012, 20:23

    I am very surprised with Ferrari’s pace. Good traction is imperative in this track, and that was probably the biggest weakness of the car at the start of the season. You don’t need a car that is the fastest on a straight line, but good top speed also helps, and Ferrari was dismal on that front too. So I am very impressed with how they turned around their car.

    I guess you can never write off Ferrari and Alonso!

  15. reeop (@reeop) said on 9th June 2012, 20:40

    Lewis qualifying pace year has really been the benchmark of consistency: 1-1-2-2-1-4-2, about time tomorrow that it translates into a high scoring race finish if McLaren team doesn’t bottle it!

    • MylesW (@mpw1985) said on 10th June 2012, 2:29

      Actually, it’s 1-1-2-2-1-3-2, so even better! I’m so glad we’re seeing the real LH this year, and all the damn Button fans are getting off their damn high horse. Button is having an absolutely pathetic year, bar his win in Australia.

      • rantingmrp (@rantingmrp) said on 10th June 2012, 4:28

        Nice to see that the more annoying Jenson die-hards have drawled back into the woodwork. This time last season, they were heaping insults on Lewis and calling him a waste of space at McLaren. But what goes around has come around – thank heavens they now see that it’s not always the driver’s fault.

        • David-A (@david-a) said on 10th June 2012, 7:29

          I think Lewis’s woes last year were mostly his fault, just like Button’s lack of any pace at all this year is his fault as well.

          • dkpioe said on 10th June 2012, 8:30

            i agree. lewis race performance hasnt been anything like his qualifying performances but, i think he has underachieved in possibly the best car, and button dreadfully underachieved. alonso seems like the only one to have achieved better then the car should have on paper.

      • Neel Jani (@neelv27) said on 10th June 2012, 11:24

        It is 1-1-2-2-1-4-2. He qualified 4th in Monaco but started 3rd due to MS’s penalty.

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