Vettel flies to Canadian GP pole

Sebastian Vettel will start the Canadian Grand Prix from pole position. The reigning world champion's final lap was three-tenths of a second quicker than Lewis Hamilton, who starts second.

The FIA had forced Red Bull to remove holes from the floor of the car last week, but this didn't stop Vettel from dominating the session. His first lap of Q3 was fast enough for pole position and he was the only driver to score a time under 1 minute 14 seconds.

Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber share the second row of the grid. Nico Rosberg will start fifth - a strong result considering he had very little running in final practice due to a fuel connector problem.

He starts ahead of Felipe Massa and Romain Grosjean for Lotus. Paul di Resta's one and only lap of Q3 was good enough for eighth. Michael Schumacher and Jenson Button complete the top 10.

Pastor Maldonado clipped the Wall of Champions on the final flying lap of Q2. He spun, damaging the suspension at the back of his Williams, which then had to be pushed back to the garage.

Maldonado's mistake means that Jenson Button made it into the final 10. The McLaren driver's weekend has been filled with problems so far, including a gearbox change on Friday.

The other casualty of the day was Jean-Eric Vergne, who had very little running in the final practice session following a minor accident. He made a mistake on the final lap of Q1 and was out-qualified by both Caterhams.

All drivers qualified within the 107 per cent time, which means that all 24 cars will start tomorrow's race.

2012 Canadian Grand Prix grid

Position Driver
Team Time
1 Sebastian Vettel
Red Bull Racing-Renault 1'13.784
2 Lewis Hamilton
McLaren-Mercedes 1'14.087
3 Fernando Alonso
Ferrari 1'14.151
4 Mark Webber
Red Bull Racing-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
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
STR-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
18 Heikki Kovalainen
Caterham-Renault 1'16.263
19 Vitaly Petrov
Caterham-Renault 1'16.482
20 Jean-Eric Vergne
STR-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
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