Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel did it again today in qualifying for Sunday's F1 2011 Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal and for the sixth time this season he claimed pole.
Vettel led the way throughout the top-ten shootout and in the end his best lap, a 1 minute 13.014 seconds, was two tenths up on his closest rival. It was another remarkable display from the defending world champion, who is looking increasingly unbeatable in his Adrian Newey-designed RB6.
Fernando Alonso will start alongside the Red Bull man on the front row and late on the Spaniard looked like he might just beat him. However it wasn't to be - although his final lap did put him just ahead of his Ferrari team-mate, Felipe Massa in third, just 0.018 seconds between them.
Mark Webber had to settle for fourth in the second Red Bull RB6, compromised by not having the use of KERS. The best McLaren could managed meanwhile was fifth with Lewis Hamilton and he was more than half a second off the ultimate pace. Jenson Button also had a pretty miserable session in the other MP4-26 and will line-up in P7, sandwiched between the Mercedes GP cars of Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher, in sixth and eighth respectively. Lotus Renault GP duo Nick Heidfeld and Vitaly Petrov rounded out the top ten - neither looking likely to trouble any of the runners ahead.
Force India's Paul di Resta was unfortunate not to make it through to the top-ten shoot-out and finished up just on the wrong side of the cut off in Q2 - 0.285 seconds off Heidfeld. Pastor Maldonado was next up for Williams and will start 12th, three tenths slower, and ahead of the Sauber Kamui Kobayashi and Adrian Sutil, who were split by just two thousandths of a second.
Sebastien Buemi and Rubens Barrichello came in 15th and 16th, while Pedro de la Rosa, who of course has been drafted in at short notice to replace the unwell Sergio Perez, was 17th. Encouragingly though, especially after he brushed against the wall twice in Q1, the Spaniard was only two tenths off Kobayashi in the sister Sauber C30.
Jaime Alguersuari was the big name that failed to make it through the opening phase of qualifying. He looked like he might have done just enough to squeeze into Q2, but the under pressure Torro Rosso man was bumped down near the end by Kobayashi.
Jarno Trulli took 19th and for the first time this season beat his Team Lotus colleague, Heikki Kovalainen. Vitantonio Liuzzi also shone in his Hispania and outqualified the Virgin of Timo Glock, while Narain Karthikeyan did enough to make the cut in the other HRT. Virgin's Jerome d'Ambrosio however, failed to set a time within the 107 per cent and may now be forced to miss the race unless the stewards take pity on him.
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