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Qualifying - Hamilton storms to Montreal pole 12 Jun 2010

Qualifying parc ferme top three (L to R): Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing, second; Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren, pole position; Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull Racing, third.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, Canadian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Montreal, Canada, Saturday, 12 June 2010 The Force India F1 VJM03s.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, Canadian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Montreal, Canada, Saturday, 12 June 2010 Michael Schumacher (GER) Mercedes GP MGP W01 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, Canadian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Montreal, Canada, Saturday, 12 June 2010 Vitaly Petrov (RUS) Renault R30 
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, Canadian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Montreal, Canada, Saturday, 12 June 2010 Karun Chandhok (IND) Hispania Racing F1 Team (HRT) HRTF1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, Canadian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Montreal, Canada, Saturday, 12 June 2010

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton left it until the dying moments of qualifying in Canada, but his lap of 1m 15.105s was sufficient to push Red Bull off the pole for the first time in 2010. And as it left Mark Webber second on 1m 15.373s, Sebastian Vettel dropped to the second row of the grid with 1m 15.420s.

Hamilton’s McLaren was so light on fuel he had to stop and push before he completed his in lap. He ran Bridgestone’s option tyre, whereas both Red Bull drivers bucked the trend and used the more durable primes.

Fernando Alonso was fourth for Ferrari on 1m 15.435s, while a late improvement to 1m 15.520s put Jenson Button ahead of Force India’s Vitantonio Liuzzi, who lapped in 1m 15.648s for a career-best sixth.

Felipe Massa was seventh in the second Ferrari on 1m 15.688s, ahead of Robert Kubica’s Renault on 1m 15.715s, Adrian Sutil in the second Force India on 1m 15.881s and Nico Rosberg on 1m 16.071s for Mercedes GP.

Button just saved himself from relegation in Q2 right at the end, but a rapid reshuffle saw the Williams FW32s of Rubens Barrichello and Nico Hulkenberg jump ahead of Mercedes GP’s Michael Schumacher, the trio being the first to miss out in 11th, 12th and 13th places with respective laps of 1m 16.434s, 1m 16.438s, and 1m 16.492s.

Also out were Vitaly Petrov on 1m 16.844s in his Renault, Sebastien Buemi and Jaime Alguersuari in their Toro Rossos on 1m 16.928s and 1m 17.029s respectively, and Pedro de la Rosa in the lone BMW Sauber on 1m 17.384s.

There were few surprises in Q1 as Hamilton set the pace from Vettel, except that the Lotuses picked up speed massively and were very close to Kamui Kobayashi’s BMW Sauber, which was the first car to fail to make it through. The Japanese driver lapped in 1m 18.019s, with Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli hot on his heels with 1m 18.237 and 1m 18.698s respectively.

Timo Glock was also in the 1m 18s for Virgin with 1m 18.941s, then Bruno Senna beat fellow countryman Lucas di Grassi to split the red and black cars with his HRT, 1m 19.484s to 1m 19.675s. Karun Chandhok’s morning troubles persisted, and he was 24th after the HRT F110 failed to let him improve on 1m 27.757s.

The race stewards have since handed McLaren a reprimand and a $10,000 fine after pole-sitter Hamilton exceeded the maximum permitted time to make it back to the pits. He had been told by his team to stop out on the circuit, as he was running low on fuel.