Red Bull’s World Champion driver, Sebastian Vettel was the fastest driver at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve earlier today. After leading lap times in Practice 1 and Practice 2 on Friday, McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton will start today’s Canadian Grand Prix from the second place. Ferrari, the most successful team here (13 wins), will be able to start from the third spot, thanks to Alonso.
Vettel’s team-mate and winner of last race in Monaco, Webber will start from the fourth place. Pastor Madonado and Felipe Massa start in the third row while Michael Schumacher, the most successful F1 driver at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (7 wins), will start from 7th place. Coincidentally, the number of his car is also 7.
Meanwhile, the famous Wall of Champions did claim another victim in the form of Pastor Maldonado (See video below).
Complete qualifying result below driver quotes.
Vettel said, “We were clear about the car today and able to improve step by step in qualifying. I’m very happy with the result and the laps at the end of qualifying, as we were able to improve each time. It puts us in a great place, but nevertheless tomorrow is more important. We put ourselves in a good position, eight metres ahead of Lewis and then we go from there. It’s supposed to be hotter tomorrow, so it’s important to get a good start and see what we can do. A lot of things can happen.”
Hamilton said, “I was very happy with my lap – I squeezed every last ounce out of the car and didn’t expect to be so far up the grid. In fact, I struggled a little in Q1 and Q2, and I wasn’t sure about my ultimate pace at first, but, fortunately, in the end, I pulled it all together for Q3. Compared with yesterday, things were definitely a bit harder for us out there today, though. It was tough trying to get the tyres to switch on properly – today’s warmer temperatures made that trickier for us, I think. Still, I’m very happy with our performance and very pleased to be on the front row – we can have a really good race from there. And, remember, our long-run pace on Friday looked good, so I’ll definitely be looking to go forward in the race. Having said all that, I’ll be doing absolutely everything I can to look after the tyres. Lastly, the guys have been working really hard to improve our pit stops, too, so I think there’s a lot to look forward to.”
Alonso said, “I am happy with the way things have gone so far this weekend, especially because the car has proved to be competitive, even on a track which certainly does not suit its characteristics. That is mainly down to the updates we have brought here, which have worked as we expected, which makes me confident for the rest of the season too. I well remember where we were in Australia and if today we are in the fight for pole, it signifies that we have done a good job over the past few months, especially as the others have not exactly been twiddling their thumbs. I am also pleased for Felipe, who is confirming the progress we already saw in recent races: at the start of the championship he was definitely unlucky, but we have always stayed united and now the results are coming, as indeed they should for a driver of his talent. Having said all that, we must not forget that today there are two drivers who were quicker than us, therefore there is still some ground to make up in performance terms, although finally we seem to be able to fight on level terms with the best. It was a rather stressful qualifying because here the times are always very close and it only takes a few tenths of a difference to be in front or down the back. Third on the starting grid is a good position from which to attack in the race, especially as pole is not so important here as elsewhere. Tyre degradation will be one of the key factors on Sunday, given the temperatures will be very different to what we saw yesterday afternoon. Races here are always unpredictable, but for sure it would be very nice to give all the Canadian Ferrari fans a nice result in the thirtieth anniversary year of the death of Gilles Villeneuve. Italy-Spain in the European football? We haven’t spoken about it yet with the team but, if we win, then maybe I might find there are not too many people on hand to change my tyres at the pit stop…!”
2012 Formula One Monaco Grand Prix Final Qualifying Results
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault (10)
2 Fernando Alonso Ferrari (6)
3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes (4)
4 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault (2)
5 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault (9)
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari (7)
7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes (1)
8 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault (5)
9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault (8)
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes (11)
11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes (15)
12 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari (24)
13 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari (12)
14 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault (14)
15 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes (13)
16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari (16)
17 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault (19)
18 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault (18)
19 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth (21)
20 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth (20)
21 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth (23)
22 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth (22)
23 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari – No time (17)
24 Nico Rosberg Mercedes – No time (3)
Note – Figure in brackets , is the qualifying position of the respective driver in the previous race.
Pastor Maldonado Crash – Q2 – Wall of Champions