Canadian Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel takes pole, Bottas surprises with third
Triple world champion Sebastian Vettel will start on pole for Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix after topping the times in Saturday's rain-hit qualifying session.
Triple world champion Sebastian Vettel will start on pole for Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix after topping the times in Saturday's rain-hit qualifying session. (All AFP images and text)
The Red Bull ace will be joined by the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton on the front row.
The surprise of the session was the performance of Williams' Finnish driver Valtteri Bottas, who posted the third fastest time ahead of the second Mercedes driven by Nico Rosberg.
Vettel's teammate Mark Webber and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso occupy the third row after an incident-packed qualifying in which the second session was red-flagged after Felipe Massa escaped unhurt after a crash.
Finnish rookie Valtteri Bottas delivered joy and shock in equal measures on Saturday when he stunned the Formula One paddock and delighted his Williams team by qualifying in third place for Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix.
The 23-year-old from Nastola, in only his seventh Grand Prix, felt he had achieved a great feat by progressing to the top ten shootout for the first time.
Besieged Mercedes team chief Ross Brawn was delighted with his team's efforts on Saturday despite their disappointment in failing to land a fifth successive pole position in qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix.
Brawn, who had guided Lewis Hamilton, the 2008 champion, to pole in China and then seen his team-mate Nico Rosberg reel off three in a row in Bahrain, Spain and Monaco, praised his team.
Adrian Sutil continued to impress in his Force India, qualifying eighth, while his teammate Paul di Resta took the 17th position on the grid for Sunday's Grand Prix.
Sebastian Vettel said he is not worried about the conditions or the weather forecasts for Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix after claiming his third consecutive pole position for the race at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
The defending triple world champion and current series leader said he felt confident about his Red Bull car and performance in both dry and wet conditions.