Having believed that it had re-closed the gap to McLaren after its beating in Monaco, Ferrari suffered a setback in qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix when Nick Heidfeld's BMW Sauber separated both its cars from the pace-setting Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso.

Kimi Raikkonen headed the times in the first 15-minute knock-out session, but struggled to match either Mclaren thereafter, eventually having to settle for fourth and fifth places when Heidfeld produced a late effort to snatch the inside of row two.

"This was a very disappointing qualifying session for us, the worst of the season as we were no match for our main rivals," team boss Jean Todt admitted, "Of course, the points only get given out in the race, and tomorrow the key factors will be the usual ones - strategy, reliability, performance and team work - but the overall picture after today is not a favourable one."

Kimi Raikkonen reversed the recent trend that saw team-mate Felipe Massa producing the fastest times within the team by claiming fourth spot, but the Brazilian urged caution where race predictions were concerned.

"We certainly cannot be happy with this result, but let's wait for tomorrow's race to produce a true picture of the situation, especially in terms of what strategies the teams have opted to go with," Massa insisted, "Our car is very good in terms of its race pace and, with a bit of luck, it might be possible to make up a few places at the start."

 

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