Canadian F1 GP preview…a mixed bag of tricks.

So, just when we thought it was Hamilton setting the pace tbis weekend in his McLaren, Vettel has gone and shown the world exactly why he is a double world champion and master qualifier, placing his Red Bull Racing Renault on pole ahead of tomorrows Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix.

Throughout the weekend’s practise sessions it was clearly anyone’s game, with the top sixteen drivers only being separated by 0.923 seconds, and the top 10 0.5 seconds of each others pace.  Although the McLaren of Lewis Hamilton seemed to have the edge heading into qualifying, Vettel came to the party and set the fastest time of the weekend and setting the bar even higher.

Vettel and Red Bull Racing claim pole ahead of the Canadian F1 GP.

Initial qualifying times seemed to be quite closely pitched from all teams, with all the usual faces gunning for that final top 10 session 3. Great performances saw both Red Bulls, McLaren’s, Mercedes’ and Ferrari’s placed on the first five rows of the grid, with Kimi Raikkonen missing out in his Lotus down in 12th. In the closing moments it was down to the wire with Alonso showing promise to be fastest, but in the end it was double world champion Vettel that claimed the all-important pole for the 2nd time running.

Looking ahead to tomorrow’s race, it will be interesting to see how drivers deal with the first few corners, trying to avoid the body contact we saw in the Monaco GP. Also, team and tyre strategy will also be pivotal as the level of competition between teams growths even closer and closer.

Alonso will be hot on Vettels heels in P2 for tomorrow’s GP in Canada.

Qualifying times ahead of the 2012 Canadian F1 Grand Prix:

Pos No Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:14.661 1:14.187 1:13.784 16
2 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:14.891 1:14.371 1:14.087 22
3 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:14.916 1:14.314 1:14.151 23
4 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:14.956 1:14.479 1:14.346 19
5 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:15.098 1:14.568 1:14.411 25
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:15.194 1:14.641 1:14.465 24
7 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:15.163 1:14.627 1:14.645 28
8 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:15.019 1:14.639 1:14.705 22
9 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:14.892 1:14.480 1:14.812 18
10 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:14.799 1:14.680 1:15.182 24
11 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:15.101 1:14.688 21
12 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:14.995 1:14.734 22
13 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:15.106 1:14.748 18
14 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:15.552 1:15.078 21
15 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:15.326 1:15.156 21
16 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:14.995 1:15.170 20
17 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:14.979 1:15.231 21
18 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:16.263 12
19 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:16.482 10
20 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:16.602 12
21 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:17.492 8
22 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:17.901 10
23 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:18.255 9
24 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:18.330 9

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