Vettel continues his unbeatable qualifying form as McLaren pray for rain

Posted on June 11, 2011

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Sebastian Vettel will start from pole position at tomorrow’s Canadian Grand Prix after holding off a resurgent Ferrari team in qualifying.

Relaxed and fastest. Again. Credit: Red Bull/Getty

The world champion starts from the front for the 6th time in seven races after posting a 1m 13.014s, just a tenth quicker than Fernando Alonso. It’s one of the narrower margins to Vettel and it will be interesting to see if he can control the pace.

The McLaren cars found themselves out of position, with 5th for Lewis Hamilton and 7th for Jenson Button – but team boss Martin Whitmarsh suggested his cars were set up for a wet race with unsettled weather forecast. If they get lucky, it could be interesting.

Down the field, Virgin Racing Jerome D’Ambrosio failed to meet the 107% time and he hasn’t all weekend despite normal running in all three practice sessions. It seems unlikely the stewards will let him race. With the upgrades to the Hispania car, it looks like Virgin could be about to fall to the very back.

It should be a great race tomorrow. There’s a slightly mixed up top 10 and the weather is by no means certain. Hopefully the two DRS zones won’t make things too ridiculous but we will see. There is, at least, only the one activation zone so we won’t see cars swapping twice in two corners.

A wet race would be fun. It would be the first of the season and it would be nice to see the wet Pirellis in action.

It’s been true every weekend but my pick for the win is Vettel, followed home by Alonso and Hamilton.

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