Lewis Hamilton will start tomorrow’s Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal from pole position ahead of both the Red Bulls. The McLaren driver who was practically running on fumes on his final run scores his third consecutive pole at the North American race and his first since last year’s Abu Dhabi GP. This result ends Red Bull’s recent dominance in qualifying. Both Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel secured second and third places respectively.
A Ferrari was also seen in the pole battle but had to settle for fourth place. Yes we are talking about Fernando Alonso who will start the race ahead of Jenson Button in the other McLaren. Vitantonio Liuzzi made it onto sixth place for Force India while Felipe Massa from Ferrari secured seventh. Renault’s Robert Kubica, Force India’s Adrian Sutil and Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg made up the rest of the top ten.
Rosberg out-qualified his more experienced team mate, Michael Schumacher who only managed 13th. Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli from Lotus Racing will lead the new teams when the lights go green tomorrow with their 19th and 20th positions. The final four positions were taken up by Timo Glock of Virgin, Bruno Senna of Hispania and respective team mates Lucas di Grassi and Karun Chandhok.
Following Hamilton’s last minute pole, the Brit was told by his team to stop the car on the in-lap as it was about to run out of fuel and the team wanted to collect a sample. Hamilton stopped his McLaren on the back straight, got out of it and started to push the car, while waving to the fans! That pretty much overshadowed his final pole-securing run and became the highlight of the session.
The Canadian GP makes a return after a year of absence and just like all times, it is expected to host a very entertaining race as drivers push themselves to the limit and closer to the walls at the same time. Safety car periods are highly anticipated so look out for a spectacular event. For those of you who won’t be able to watch the race tomorrow midnight, you can come here to read about what you’ve missed!
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