Hamilton takes the pole in Canada
After an amazing win two weeks ago in Turkey, Lewis Hamilton wowed the fans in Canada with a last second dash to the pole in qualifying.
The McLaren driver took the pole away from Mark Webber, to end Red Bulls seven straight poles this season.
Sebastian Vettel and his car, Randy Mandy, were third fastest ahead of Ferrari and driver Fernando Alonso.
The defending world champion Jenson Button was fifth and a surprisingly fast Vitantonio Liuzzi was sixth in his Force India.
The just resigned Felipe Massa was seventh for Ferrari, followed by Robert Kubica and Adrian Sutil. Rounding out the top ten was Nico Rosberg in hisMercedes.
"Its fantastic for the team. It’s the result of continued hard work from the guys. I saw the second to last lap I saw Mark had gone ahead," said Hamilton to the BBC.
"I was so fortunate the guys came on the radio and said I had chance to get another lap in, it’s great to finally strip these guys. It’s a great result and I’m very happy.
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"I did a good lap. I don’t know where I found that time."
The grid should make for an interesting race, as Red Bull qualified on a different type of tire then the rest of the field.
Webber and Vettel were running on the harder of the two tires and the rules state that the tire that is used during qualifying must be used at the start of the race. That could give them an advantage, as the soft tire has been losing grip rather quickly. Once the field pits, the two Red Bulls could find themselves in a pretty position. That being said, Ferrari and Fernando Alonso ran four very fast times on the softer tire, so the tire wear might not be as bad as it’s made out to be.
McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh said he felt that the fastest race strategy was to run the soft compound in the early laps and then use the hard tires later on. Hamilton added: "It’s a great day for me. We wanted to get as close to the front as we could. We know the option tire is not the best but you might see a different type of race here.
"There is always a chance of a safety car and who knows the track might improve and the option tire might be the best one."
The chances of a safety car are quite good, as the tight Montreal circuit has already seen its share of incidents early in the race weekend.
Source: BBC Sport