MONTREAL: German Sebastian Vettel secured his second pole position of the season and 32nd of his career on Saturday when he clocked the fastest time during qualifying for Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix.
The 24-year-old Red Bull driver, last year’s pole-winner, scorched to the front of the grid in dramatic style with a fastest lap of the Gilles Villeneuve circuit in one minute 13.784 seconds.
Briton Lewis Hamilton of McLaren was second, closely followed by championship leader Spaniard Fernando Alonso of Ferrari.
Australian Mark Webber was fourth fastest in the second Red Bull followed by German Nico Rosberg of Mercedes.
“I think we have learned a couple of lessons from the last few races where we were quick but we didn’t get it out of the car in qualifying,” said Vettel, who is hoping to become the first driver to win two races this season.”I was happy throughout qualifying really, I was able to get a little bit quicker each time. It looked tight in the beginning but in the end we could make a bit more of a difference.
“I’m looking forward to the race. I think we have a good car.” Vettel’s time was a third of a second quicker than Hamilton.
“It was definitely harder for us today – we struggled,” admitted Hamilton.