Vettel claims pole ahead of Ferrari pair in Montreal

Sebastian Vettel

World champion Sebastian Vettel continued his domination of the Formula One season as he claimed pole position Saturday for the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.

The runaway title leader clocked a time of one minute 13.014 seconds on the testing street circuit to hold off the Ferrari pair of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.

Vettel had embarrassingly crashed into the “wall of champions” during Friday’s free practice but put that behind him with another peerless lap in the Red Bull.

“Thanks you guys for fixing the car on Friday after I stuffed it into the wall,” said the German over his team radio after his winning lap.

Red Bull teammate Mark Webber was fourth fastest with Vettel’s nearest challenger in the championship race, McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton, a disappointing fifth having claimed pole in the last three F1 races in Canada.

“It’s a superb result on arguably one of our weakest circuits,” Red Bull principal Christian Horner told BBC Sport.

Mercedes pair Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher recorded the sixth and eighth fastest times, sandwiching the second McLaren of Jenson Button.

Nick Heidfeld and Vitaly Petrov rounded out the top 10 for Lotus Renault.

Vettel has now taken pole in six of the seven races this season and backed it up five wins and a second place to take a 58-point lead over 2008 champion Hamilton in the title race.

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