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Christopher Bruce2013-06-08 20:01:50

*Update* Sebastian Vettel Tops Grid in Wet Grand Prix of Canada Qualifying

Vattteri Bottas qualifies third for Williams

Vettel breaks Mercedes' string of pole positions

*Update: After qualifying Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo each received a two-place grid penalty for not restarting from the fast lane of the pit lane after the red flag in Q2. However, the stewards decided that Raikkonen's infraction took place first, then Ricciardo's, because Raikkonen was ahead in the queue. Because the two of them qualified  in ninth and tenth respectively, they will actually only lose one grid position each. The table below reflects the post-penalty qualifying order. Nico Hulkenberg is the big winner by going from 11th to ninth place.

Sebastian Vettel has broken Mercedes string of pole positions in a wet qualifying session for the Canadian Grand Prix. Beside him on the front row will be Lewis Hamilton, and Valtteri Bottas will start third, his career best. 

The Q1 session started damp and quickly started really raining. It caused a lot of spins and slides but no one took any damage. Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber were the three fastest drivers in Q1. Surprisingly, Bottas was fourth fastest in Q1. 

Romain Grosjean was handed a 10-spot grid penalty for his collision with Daniel Ricciardo in Monaco, which puts him at the back of the grid. 

The rain continued in Q2, and all of the cars were forced to use intermediate tires. Felipe Massa had a big incident with 1:50 left in the session to bring out a red flag. The car slid sideways into the wall. Massa was not injured.

While the session was stopped, the rain stopped, which meant everyone but Vettel, Button and Webber had to come out to set a faster lap. 

Lewis Hamilton was fastest in the Q2 session.

The track was drying in Q3 but still certainly damp. The cars were still sliding all over the place. Raikkonen made a valiant effort, but the car was sliding all over the track. Vettel led the session, but the real star was Valtteri Bottas who had not only his first Q3 of the season but his highest qualifying ever. 

Canadian Grand Prix Qualifying Results
Position Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3
1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1:22.318 1:28.166 1:25.425
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:23.801 1:27.649 1:25.512
3 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1:23.446 1:28.419 1:25.897
4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:23.840 1:28.420 1:26.008
5 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:23.247 1:28.145 1:26.208
6 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:23.224 1:28.788 1:26.504
7 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:24.159 1:28.527 1:26.543
8 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1:24.551 1:28.799 1:27.348
9 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1:23.899 1:29.435  
10* Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1:24.451 1:28.667 1:27.432
11* Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:24.770 1:29.359 1:27.946
12 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1:24.176 1:29.761  
13 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:24.776 1:29.917  
14 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercdes 1:24.021 1:30.068  
15 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1:24.408 1:30.315  
16 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:23.735 1:30.354  
17 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:24.908    
18 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1:25.626    
19 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1:26.508    
20 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1:27.062    
21 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1:27.110    
22* Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:25.716    


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