Alonso makes it five poles in a row 25 Jun 2006
Renault have both cars on the front row for Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix, after Fernando Alonso took a fifth consecutive pole position and Giancarlo Fisichella slipped ahead of McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen in the dying moments of the final session.
The Spaniard lapped in an unbeatable 1m 14.942s (backing that with the second fastest time too, 1m 14.967s), while the Italian posted 1m 15.178s and the Finn 1m 15.386s.
The presence of Jarno Trulli in fourth place (on 1m 15.968s) poses questions over Toyotas planned race strategy (three or two stops?), while Michael Schumacher was left only fifth for Ferrari (having improved from seventh in the final moments) on 1m 15.986s.
Nico Rosberg was in strong form for Williams with sixth fastest 1m 16.012s, beating Juan Pablo Montoyas 1m 16.228s for McLaren. Honda had a better time than of late with Jenson Button pipping Rubens Barrichello for eighth, 1m 16.608s to 1m 16.912s, and Felipe Massa completed the top 10 with 1m 17.209s for Ferrari.
The first session saw Alonso fastest in 1m 15.350s from Raikkonen and Schumacher, but weeded out the Williams of Mark Webber who did not manage to complete a quicker lap before the clock stopped, leaving him a frustrated 17th on 1m 16.985s. That was just ahead of Toro Rosso's Scott Speed (1m 17.016s), the Midlands of Tiago Monteiro and Christijan Albers (1m 17.121s and 1m 17.140s), and the Super Aguris of Takuma Sato and Franck Montagny (1m 19.088s and 1m 19.152s respectively).
Session two accounted for the BMW Saubers, with Jacques Villeneuve 11th on 1m 15.832s and Nick Heidfeld 13th with 1m 15.885s. Between them was Red Bull's Christian Klien with 1m 15.835s, while right behind them was Ralf Schumacher on 1m 15.888s in the second Toyota. Toro Rosso's Vitantonio Liuzzi and Red Bull's David Coulthard also lost out, on 1m 16.116s and 1m 16.301s respectively.
Again, Alonso set the pace, upping the ante to 1m 14.726s to edge out Schumacher, Montoya, Rosberg (who had been lucky to escape any real damage in the first session when he grazed a wall so hard that sparks flew from his right-hand wheel rims), Raikkonen, Fisichella, Trulli, Massa, Barrichello and Button. Very late improvement by the two Hondas edged out Villeneuve and Klien.
Renault have been strongest here for the last two years, but have been unlucky. Alonso and Fisichella look set to eradicate the memories tomorrow afternoon.