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Vettel ends Mercedes run with Canada pole

Last updated on: June 09, 2013 01:12 IST

Sebastian Vettel put his Red Bull on pole position at the Canadian Grand Prix on Saturday and ended Mercedes' hopes of a fifth successive start from the top slot.

The triple world champion lapped the wet Montreal street circuit in a fastest time of one minute 25.425 seconds for his third successive pole in Canada.

In a repeat of last year's qualifying, the German was joined on the front row of the grid by Britain's 2008 world champion Lewis Hamilton - last year's winner for McLaren and now with Mercedes.

Finnish rookie Valtteri Bottas was third for Williams, the highest grid placing of his career and a major boost for a team without a point in six races so far this season, followed by Monaco winner Nico Rosberg for Mercedes.

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull's Australian Mark Webber and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso shared the third row.

Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen, second in the championship behind Vettel, qualified ninth.

Despite his run of poles in Canada, Vettel has yet to win a Formula One race in North America despite his domination elsewhere.

With light rain falling on the track, none of the drivers were able to drive flat out on the slippery Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and used intermediate tyres instead of the faster super-softs.

"It was very, very tricky because you never knew what the conditions were like," Vettel said.

"We're extremely happy with the result and looking forward to the race tomorrow. No matter what the conditions, I think we're in good shape."

Rosberg had taken pole position for the past three races, with Hamilton fastest in qualifying at the round before that in China, but could not match the Red Bull's pace.

McLaren failed to make the final phase of qualifying with either of their cars while Ferrari's Felipe Massa skidded sideways into the tyre wall and starts 16th.

Qualifying from the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix:

1.  Sebastian Vettel (Germany)        RedBull - Renault      1:25.425 
2.  Lewis Hamilton (Britain)          Mercedes               1:25.512 
3.  Valtteri Bottas (Finland)         Williams - Renault     1:25.897 
4.  Nico Rosberg (Germany)            Mercedes               1:26.008 
5.  Mark Webber (Australia)           RedBull - Renault      1:26.208 
6.  Fernando Alonso (Spain)           Ferrari                1:26.504 
7.  Jean-Eric Vergne (France)         Toro Rosso - Ferrari   1:26.543 
8.  Adrian Sutil (Germany)            Force India - Mercedes 1:27.348 
9.  Kimi Raikkonen (Finland)          Lotus - Renault        1:27.432 
10. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia)      Toro Rosso - Ferrari   1:27.946 
- - - - - - - - - -
11. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany)        Sauber - Ferrari       1:29.435 
12. Sergio Perez (Mexico)             McLaren                1:29.761 
13. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela)      Williams - Renault     1:29.917 
14. Jenson Button (Britain)           McLaren                1:30.068 
15. Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico)        Sauber - Ferrari       1:30.315 
16. Felipe Massa (Brazil)             Ferrari                1:30.354 
- - - - - - - - - -
17. Paul Di Resta (Britain)           Force India - Mercedes 1:24.908 
18. Charles Pic (France)              Caterham - Renault     1:25.626 
19. Romain Grosjean (France)          Lotus - Renault        1:25.716 
20. Jules Bianchi (France)            Marussia - Cosworth    1:26.508 
21. Max Chilton (Britain)             Marussia - Cosworth    1:27.062 
22. Giedo van der Garde (Netherlands) Caterham - Renault     1:27.110 
- - - - - - - - - -
1-10: third and final qualifying session
11-16: second qualifying session
17-22: first qualifying session

Photograph: Mark Thompson/Getty Images

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