Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull Racing laid down the hammer during the qualifying session of the Formula 1 Grand Prix du Canada 2012. After a seemingly effortless qualifying session, Vettel cruised to Pole position. McLaren’s Lews Hamilton will accompany Vettel on the front row of the Canadian Grand Prix after finishing in second place, about 3 tenths of a second behind Vettel.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso came close to ousting Lewis from the front row but was unable to do so. He will start in Row 2 alongside Vettel’s teammate Mark Webber. Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg continued his fine form by qualifying in 5th place alongside Felipe Massa, who is fighting to keep his place at Ferrari and definitely needs a good result at Canada. Romain Grosjean, Paul di Resta, Michael Schumacher and Jenson Button round up the top 10. Tire management will be key in tomorrow’s race especially considering the ambient temperature in Montreal is expected to hit about 105 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius).
The qualifying sessions (Q3, Q2 and Q1) were devoid of much drama aside from some drivers almost losing it at the final corner of the track, the Wall of Champions corner, a fast chicane section leading to the front straightaway and the start finish line. Pastor Maldonado was on track to finishing in the top 5 when he lost control on the final corner and damaged the rear suspension of his Williams-Renault. Here are the results from Qualifying today.