Sunday, June 12, 2011

Vettel Beats Combined Ferrari Force for Canadian GP Pole

Photo Credit: Mercedes GP

As the Formula 1 tour visits Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, it remained to be seen if the Canadian crowd would witness the same scene which six other countries have seen in 2011. In Formula 1 qualifying, it appears that the status quo of the 2010 Formula 1 World Champion's continuing dominance is in force. Needing only to run 17 laps around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in his Red Bull-Renault, German's Sebastian Vettel claimed his 6th pole position for 2011 in the Formula 1 series. Though the end of qualifying session resulted in a familiar outcome, a pole battle for the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix was something unique to this Formula 1 season.

Through Q1 and Q2 sessions, it was the Ferrari team cars that made their strongest showing of the year. In the first session, Fernando Alonso was the top man on the time chart with a run of 1 minute, 13.822 seconds (the first driver to break the 1 minute, 14 second barrier in qualifying). In the second qualifying round, Alonso's teammate shot to the lead at the end of Q2 session. A collectively impressive effort, the Scuderia Ferrari team was unable to hold off the fast Red Bull Racing car of Sebastian Vettel. Lapping Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in a fastest time of 1 minute, 13.014 seconds in Q3, the German Vettel picked up almost a full second from the lap time he set in Q1.

Under two-tenths of a less slower than Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull-Renault, Fernando Alonso earns his first front row starting spot of the 2011 Formula 1 season. Felipe Massa is start third on the grid with his Ferrari. The fastest laps of the two Ferrari cars were separated by just 18/1000th of a second. Showing speed throughout the Canadian Grand Prix race weekend, Scuderia Ferrari has a target set for the top honours in Sunday's main event.

Vettel's teammate will start 4th Sunday beside Massa completing the full presence of Red Bull Racing and Ferrari in the first two rows of the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix. The next rows have Mercedes-Benz engined vehicles from McLaren F1 and Mercedes GP occupying the grid positions. Lewis Hamilton starts inside of Nico Rosberg with Jenson Button and Michael Schumacher just behind. Completing the top-10 in qualifying is the Lotus Renault GP cars. 

With the race starting at 1 pm Eastern time, 24 cars will compete in Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix. While Jérôme D’Ambrosio didn't meet the 107% rule in qualifying, the driver and Marussia Virgin-Cosworth have been permitted to race by Formula 1.

Formula 1
2011 Canadian Grand Prix
Starting Grid

  1. 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing
  2. 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari
  3. 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari
  4. 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing
  5. 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren
  6. 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes GP
  7. 4 Jenson Button McLaren
  8. 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes GP
  9. 9 Nick Heidfeld Lotus Renault GP
  10. 10 Vitaly Petrov Lotus Renault GP
  11. 13 15 Paul di Resta Force India
  12. 8 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams F1
  13. 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber
  14. 14 Adrian Sutil Force India
  15. 18 Sebastien Buemi Scuderia Toro Rosso
  16. 11 Rubens Barrichello Williams F1
  17. 17 Pedro de la Rosa Sauber
  18. 19 Jaime Alguersuari Scuderia Toro Rosso
  19. 20 Jarno Trulli Team Lotus
  20. 21 Heikki Kovalainen Team Lotus
  21. 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT F1
  22. 24 Timo Glock Marussia Virgin Racing
  23. 22 Narain Karthikeyan HRT F1
  24. 25 Jérôme D’Ambrosio Marussia Virgin Racing

Pos #|  Car # |  Driver |  Team

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