Canadian GP qualifying as it happened

Live text commentary of the Canadian GP qualifying from Montreal, with Sebastian Vettel on pole position and Lewis Hamilton second.

9 June 2012 Last updated at 19:50

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  1. 1945: 

    It's time for me to depart, folks. Thanks for your company and contributions. I'll see you tomorrow from 18:00 BST for race day. I have a feeling it's going to be an absolute belter. Until then, goodbye.


    James Rouse on Twitter: "Is Button in 10th simply because he loves scything through the field in Canada? Only time will tell..."

  3. 1939: 

    There's some lovely features up on the website for you to tuck into this evening with Andrew Benson profiling double world champion Mika Hakkinen as part of "Greatest drivers" feature.

    BBC Radio 5 live analyst Jaime Alguersuari think's Canada wil be a "crazy" race in his latest column.

    And there's also a look at why women have yet to taste victory in the man's world of F1 with insight from Williams F1 driver Susie Wolff.

  4. 1934: 

    Keep across for all the reaction and news from across the pond and then tune into our highlights show at 22:30 BST on BBC One.

  5. 1932: 

    Here's Andrew Benson's report which will give you the full picture of qualifying. It was a cracker and the good news is, there's plenty more to come on Sunday.

  6. 1927: 

    I guess we shouldn't be surprised by Sebastian Vettel's pole today. He was on pole here last year and led the race right up until the final lap before he got caught out by the wet conditions. Red Bull have never won here, but based on today's performance they've got to be favourites to change end that run.


    Williams driver Bruno Senna, who will start 16th, on Twitter: "Big track evolution today! Car balance changed a bit from Q1 to Q2. Seems to be a good car for the race, so hoping for points tomorrow!"


    Jonny M on Twitter: "Are Michael Schumacher and Arjen Robben the most unfortunate sportsmen 2012?"


    Andrew Knowles on Twitter: "Looks wide open, But I have a feeling that Jenson Button has something in reserve..."


    Final word from Sebastian Vettel on the hole in the Red Bull floor being declared illegal: "I think it's not just a hole in the floor that makes the difference. I was a bit a shame that it was declared legal and then illegal but in the end we never feared a big impact on the performance of the car."


    Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso, who starts third: "The car felt quite good. Yesterday when we tested some new parts, we feel much more happy with the balance of the car. It's a first step. Obviously the world and other teams will never stop but at the moment we are extremely happy and I'm thankful for the guys in the factory."


    McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton, who starts second: "It was definitely harder for us today - we struggled. We were working with the tyres in P3, and in qualifying we were having to push extremely hard to get the tyres to switch on. We're very happy with our performance, and very surprised to see us on the front row, but happy to be there."


    Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel, who will start on pole: "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 car in qualfying. It was important to have a clean run in qualifying here. 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."

  14. 1912: 

    The top three drivers have made themselves comfortable in the press conference so let's here what they've got to say...

  15. 1910: 

    Three tenths of a second separates Sebastian Vettel in first and Lewis Hamilton in second. That's some gap considering how close the field have been this weekend. The expected pace from Mercedes failed to materialise while Ferrari have given themselves a chance of fighting for victory with their strongest qualifying of the year.

  16. 1907: 

    Replays show Michael Schumacher backed out of his final lap because of traffic, waving his hand in frustration.

  17. 1906: 
    THE TOP 10

    Vettel, Hamilton, Alonso, Webber, Rosberg, Massa, Grosjean, Di Resta, Schumacher and Button.

  18. 1905: 

    Sebastian Vettel heads over to get weighed with Lewis Hamilton and spends some time analysing the data screen which lists the times. Hamilton pats the Red Bull driver on the back as they head outside for the traditional post-qualifying photo.

    BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard

    "I think it's remarkable what Ferrari have done. Only a few weeks ago we were asking 'what are they doing?'"

  20. 1904: 

    Lewis Hamilton will start second alongside Sebastian Vettel with Fernando Alonso in third and Mark Webber fourth.

    BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard

    "Sebastian Vettel looks to have rediscovered his qualifying mojo."

  22. 1903: 

    Vettel, who was on pole here last year, was quickest in all three sessions today. Frighteningly good and consistent pace from the German.

  23. 1902: 


  24. 1901: 

    Fernando Alonso sets the fastest time of all in the first sector but he can't maintain that speed and he crosses the line with the third fastest time.

  25. 1900: 

    Sebastian Vettel goes even quicker with a 1m13.7 and Lewis Hamilton can't beat it. He can only manage second quickest, three tenths off.

  26. 1859: 

    One thing is confirmed, Jenson Button's session is over. He's out of the car and currently lies ninth fastest. He'll start the race on the soft tyre which is the prime here.

  27. 1858: 

    Time for the second runs. Will Sebastian Vettel hold on? Can Lewis Hamilton hook it all up? Will Fernando Alonso surprise us all?

    BBC 5 live analyst Jaime Alguersuari

    Of Sebastian Vettel's quick lap: "Mamma mia!"

  29. 1857: 

    Jenson Button is the only man out on track, but rather than completing his latest lap, he heads back to to the pits to leave the track empty.

  30. 1856: 

    Fernando Alonso improves to second with his second run on that set of tyres, two tenths off the pace. Lewis Hamilton is third, Felipe Massa fourth and Mark Webber fifth. Romain Grosjean is sixth, Nico Rosberg seventh, Michael Schumacher eighth, Jenson Button ninth and Paul di Resta 10th.

  31. 1855: 

    Lewis Hamilton gets it together on his second timed lap, though and goes quickest by 0.026 seconds but Sebastian Vettel slaughters that with a time that is half a second quicker than anyone else. It's a 1m13.9.

  32. 1854: 

    Nico Rosberg goes quickest of all with a 1:14.6 with Fernando Alonso slotting into second. Felipe Massa then crosses the line and goes quickest with a 1:14.4.

  33. 1853: 

    Lewis Hamilton throws that McLaren round the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, coping with an armful of oversteer. He keeps it under control, but he lost a bit of time there sure and has decided to back out of the lap and cool the tyres down ready for another go.

    BBC 5 live analyst Jaime Alguersuari

    "Lewis Hamilton over one lap is a killer. No one has a feel for one lap like him. If not, Sebastian Vettel is the second best contender."

  35. 1851: 

    Lewis Hamilton going out nice and early on a scrubbed set of super-soft tyres while his McLaren team-mate Jenson Button decides on a fresh set of soft tyres. Interesting choice.

  36. 1850: 

    Pastor Maldonado's mangled Williams gets pushed back to the garage by his mechanics while over in the pit-lane his team-mate Bruno Senna heads off to complete his media interviews.

  37. 1849: 

    Just five tenths separated the top 10 in Q2. Could this session be any closer?

  38. 1848: 

    So Jenson Button gets through to Q3 by 0.008 seconds with Kamui Kobayashi missing out in 11th. Lucky boy.

  39. 1847: 

    Vettel, Alonso, Hamilton, Webber, Schumacher, Rosberg, Grosjean, Di Resta, Massa and Button.

  40. 1845: 

    Kobayashi, Raikkonen, Hulkenberg, Ricciardo, Perez, Senna and Maldonado.

  41. 1844: 

    Pastor Maldonado begins the walk back down the pit lane towards his garage. That's not the first time he's done that this season. That's yet more work for his Williams team to do after Bruno Senna's crash on Friday.

    BBC 5 live analyst Jaime Alguersuari

    "We have seen Force India be competitve no matter which tyre compound they use. They were looking good in Barcelona and fantastic around here too."

  43. 1843: 


  44. 1841: 

    Pastor Maldonado looks mighty on his final flying lap, setting the best first sector of anyone, but he bounces across the chicane and thumps the wall of champions. He keeps a hold of the car to prevent any more damage but that's him out of qualifying and some major work for his team.

  45. 1840: 

    Wow, Felipe Massa really attacks the final chicane and gets ever so close to the wall of champions before crossing the line to go eighth fastest. Great stuff from the Brazilian but will it be enough?

  46. 1839: 

    Felipe Massa scrapes into the top 10 in 10th place, but there's still just over a minute left for others to improve. BBC co-commentator David Coulthard points out that the Lotus cars are really struggling for rear grip. Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen are both in the drop zone at the moment.

  47. 1838: 

    Super laps from Kamui Kobayashi and Paul di Resta which gets them both up into the top 10 and sees Felipe Massa and Romain Grosjean fall into the drop zone.

  48. 1837: 

    Fernando Alonso goes second with his first proper run on the super-soft tyres, just over a tenth behind Sebastian Vettel. Ricciardo, Raikkonen, Di Resta, Maldonado, Senna, Kobayashi and Perez are currently in the drop zone.

    BBC 5 live analyst Jaime Alguersuari

    "Fernando Alonso is struggling with [tyre] temperatures, especially with those at the front."


    Stephen Poulton on Twitter: "Good qualifying so far, hope McLaren can take pole! Ferrari have definitely improved!"

  51. 1836: 

    Everyone has set a lap time now, with Di Resta, Senna, Kobayashi, Maldonado, Perez, Ricciardo and Alonso in the drop zone. There's still seven minutes to go, though.

  52. 1835: 

    Felipe Massa is out on the prime tyres and can only manage the eighth fastest time. He'll need to head back to the pits and try a set of super-softs.

  53. 1834: 

    Sebastian Vettel, the fastest man in Q1, goes quickest on his first timed lap, eclipsing Lewis Hamilton's time by fourth tenths of a second. His Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber does a tidy lap and slots into second.

  54. 1833: 

    McLaren's Jenson Button goes second fastest with a 1:14.7 but he drops down a place when his team-mate Lewis Hamilton goes two tenths faster to top the times.

  55. 1832: 

    Nico Rosberg has bolted on the super-soft tyres and clocks 1:14.568 which is pretty good. According to Gary, that'll be enough but he's right on the bubble of that prediction...

  56. 1830: 

    Daniel Ricciardo gets the ball rolling with a 1:15.9 which is certainly not good enough to get him into Q3.

    BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson

    "I think you'll need a 1m14.6 to get through to the top 10 shoot-out. I think there's about 0.5 seconds difference between the two compounds so I think you'll see the guys out on the red tyres pretty early."

  58. 1828: 

    Here we go. Toro Rosso driver Daniel Ricciardo is the first man out...

  59. 1827: 

    Q2 will last 15 minutes and see another seven drivers take an early bath...

  60. 1825: 

    A super job from veteran Pedro de la Rosa who outqualifies Marussia drivers Timo Glock and Charles Pic in a car which has been the slowest of all this so far this season. The Spaniard will start 21st. Bravo.

  61. 1823: 

    Vettel, Button, Hamilton, Schumacher, Alonso, Webber, Maldonado, Senna, Raikkonen, Di Resta, Rosberg, Kobayashi, Hulkenberg, Grosjean, Massa, Perez and Ricciardo will contest Q2.

  62. 1821: 

    Kovalainen, Petrov, Vergne, De la Rosa, Glock, Pic and Karthikeyan.

  63. 1820: 


  64. 1819: 

    Sebastian Vettel currently leads the times from Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton, Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso, Mark Webber, Bruno Senna, Paul di Resta, Nico Rosberg and Nico Hulkenberg.

  65. 1817: 

    Jenson Button goes second with a 1:14.799 on the super-soft tyres. That'll definitely get him into Q2. The Toro Rosso of Jean-Eric Vergne is struggling, though and fails to get out of the drop zone on his latest timed lap. The Frenchman has a lot of work to do.

  66. 1816: 

    Sebastian Vettel goes fastest now on his second flying lap, eclipsing Michael Schumacher's time by one tenth of a second. That Red Bull is looking strong and shouldn't be discounted in the battle for pole.

  67. 1815: 

    It's all gone quiet on track with the majority of the field in their garages deciding whether they need to go again or stick with what they've got.

  68. 1814: 

    Here's the reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel. It's tasty lap, too as he crosses the line to go fourth quickest, two tenths off the pace. Not bad for his first timed lap in qualifying.

  69. 1813: 

    Michael Schumacher takes his turn at the top of the times, getting down into the high 1m14s. That should be enough to get him into Q2. Fernando Alonso down to second, ahead of Nico Hulkenberg, Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa.

  70. 1812: 

    No sign of Sebastian Vettel or Pedro de la Rosa yet. They're in the drop zone along with Narain Karthikeyan, Charles Pic, Timo Glock, Heikki Kovalainen and Jean-Eric Vergne.

  71. 1811: 

    Crikey, Nico Hulkenberg goes quickest in the Force India by 0.02 seconds. Fernando Alonso down to second with Lewis Hamilton third and Felipe Massa fourth.

  72. 1810: 

    Lewis Hamilton goes again and this time improves to second, two tenths off the pace of Fernando Alonso. Felipe Massa goes third, 0.006 seconds off Hamilton with Michael Schumacher lurking in fourth.

  73. 1809: 

    The Force Indias continue their good form on this track so far this weekend with Nico Hulkenberg pops into second with Paul di Resta in fourth.

  74. 1808: 

    Wow, Fernando Alonso gets the hammer down and goes quickest of all by seven tenths of a second. Lovely stuff from the Ferrari driver. Sergio Perez is second, just ahead of Lewis Hamilton.

  75. 1806: 

    Lewis Hamilton is the early pacesetter, clocking 1:16.232, five tenths quicker than McLaren team-mate Jenson Button in second. Felipe Massa locks up the rear axle and goes off at Turn One. There's concrete run-off there so no damage done.

  76. 1804: 

    Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi goes off track at Turn 2, like Jean-Eric Vergne did this morning, but he keeps his car away from the barriers and gets back on his way.

    BBC F1 co-commentator David Coulthard

    "This track is a combination of Monaco and Monza with its tight corners and long straights."

  78. 1802: 

    The silence has been broken with Nico Rosberg getting out nice and early in his Mercedes. He's closely followed by the Sauber of Sergio Perez and Kimi Raikkonen in the Lotus.

    BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson

    "Qualifying is going to be a very exciting session. I think drivers will need to do a 1m15.2 to get into Q2 so they're really going to have to push in this first part of qualifying."

  80. 1800: 

    The lights have gone green and away we go...

  81. 1759: 

    Will McLaren get their fifth pole position in six years? Can Michael Schumacher get his first pole position since his return in 2010? Will Ferrari shock everyone and get their first pole of the season? So many questions, not long to wait to get the answers...

  82. 1756: 

    Felipe Massa gets a final few pointers from his race engineer Rob Smedley as he puts on his helmet and then heads over to his shiny red Ferrari to get himself buckled in.

  83. 1755: 

    Michael Schumacher finishes off the last of his lunch and then jogs across the paddock and into his garage to prepare for qualifying. Only five minutes left now..


    Alex Withington on Twitter: "Canada qualifying looks set to be epic! Rooting for @LewisHamilton."

  85. 1752: 

    As usual, qualifying will be split into three sessions. The first will last 20 minutes with seven drivers getting the boot. Another seven will bite the dust after the 15-minute Q2 session, leaving 10 to fight it out for pole position.

  86. 1748: 

    There's not a raindrop in sight with the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve basking in glorious sunshine under exquisite blue skies. The sunglasses and shorts are out in force in the grandstands. I do hope the fans are using suncream.


    Jenny Ward on Twitter: "Surely if the Red Bull cars were deemed "illegal", then they should have their points taken off them as they broke the rules!"

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson

    "It's dangerous to read too much into practice, but the impression so far in Montreal has been that Ferrari have made a distinct step forward with their new rear bodywork and exhaust design. It was particularly interesting to see Fernando Alonso set the fastest time in final practice - and then return to the pits with five minutes still to go. And even then only Sebastian Vettel beat him. Could Ferrari be in the battle for pole for the first time this season?"

  89. 1744: 

    Last five Canada GP pole-sitters:

    2011 - Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) Race finish 2nd

    2010 - Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) Race finish 1st

    2008 - Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) Race finish DNF

    2007 - Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) Race finish 1st

    2006 - Fernando Alonso (McLaren) Race finish 1st

  90. 1740: 

    2012 pole-sitters:

    Australia - Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) Race finish 3rd

    Malaysia - Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) Race finish 3rd

    China - Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) Race finish 1st

    Bahrain - Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) Race finish 1st

    Spain - Pastor Maldonado (Williams) Race finish 1st

    Monaco - Mark Webber (Red Bull) Race finish 1st


    Sauber driver Sergio Perez on Twitter: "I'm ready! Looking forward for a good result in Qualy session."

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson

    "Mercedes have not shown much headline pace so far this weekend, but the feeling is they are keeping their powder dry. The controversial 'double-DRS' system should give them a significant advantage on the long straights of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and I suspect Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher will be right in the thick of the pole battle. Having said that, Rosberg's hopes won't have been helped by him missing the entire final practice session after being stranded on the track on his out-lap with a fuel connector failure."


    Mercedes on Twitter: "An update on this morning... Nico's car had a fuel connector problem which is why he stopped out on track in P3."

  94. 1735: 

    It was a miserable final practice for Nico Rosberg who stopped out on track with an unknown problem before setting a lap time.


    Jade Warren on Twitter: "Nearly time for qualifying :) Come on Lewis!"


    Alexa Batting on Twitter: "Alonso for pole. Button probs not gonna make it out of Q2. Gonna be close."

  97. 1733: 

    Yep, as Andrew says, this qualifying session has all the ingredients we could possibly need for an absolute humdinger of a qualifying session. So who do you think will be on pole position and why? Get involved by tweeting me @lawrobarretto using the #bbcf1 hashtag. I want to hear from you, so don't be shy.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson

    "It's difficult to remember a qualifying session as mouth-watering as this one, even in this most unpredictable of season. Sixteen cars covered by a second in final practice, Lewis Hamilton on epic, acrobatic form, and a seriously threatening Ferrari, along with expected front-running pace from the Mercedes and Red Bulls."

  99. 1730: 

    This is it. After four hours of practice, it's time for the drivers to show us how fast they can really go over one lap. Qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix is just 30 minutes away...

  100. 1615: 

    I'm going to take a quick break and will return at 17:30 BST to start cranking up the pace for the qualifying hour which starts at 18:00. Here's Andrew Benson's practice report for you to enjoy in the meantime. See you in a bit.

  101. 1610: 

    The season just keeps getting closer and closer. When was the last time we saw the top 16 drivers separated by a single second? It's just ridiculously competitive. Qualifying should be a good'un.


    Williams on Twitter: "It's looking amazingly close ahead of qualifying!"


    Williams driver Bruno Senna on Twitter: "Better session today. Put super softs early and missed the best of the track, but decent evolution. Now work for qualy!"

    BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson

    "My tip for pole position is Lewis Hamilton, but Red Bull aren't going to make it easy for him."


    Caseykayz on Twitter: "Expect Lewis to take pole and his first win too."

  106. 1606: 

    And here's 13-24:

    13) Kobayashi 14) Senna 15) Button 16) Ricciardo 17) Petrov 18) Kovalainen 19) De la Rosa 20) Glock 21) Karthikeyan 22) Pic 23) Vergne 24) Rosberg

    The top 16 were separated by just one second. Everything to play for in qualifying.

  107. 1604: 

    So here's how they finished, 1-12:

    1) Vettel 2) Alonso 3) Hamilton 4) Webber 5) Maldonado 6) Massa 7) Schumacher 8) Grosjean 9) Raikkonen 10) Hulkenberg 11) Di Resta 12) Perez

    The top seven are separated by just three tenths.

    BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson

    "I think pole position is going to be a real shoot-out. Montreal isn't all about being on the front row but it certainly helps."

  109. 1601: 


  110. 1600: 

    Force India's Paul di Resta tells his team on the radio that Jenson Button was backing him up at the chicane. The Scot finished 11th fastest overall.

  111. 1559: 

    Sebastian Vettel goes purple (fastest of all) in the first two sectors but is held up by the HRT of Pedro de la Rosa who is heading into the pits and fails to improve. The German's Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber improves to fourth fastest over all.

  112. 1557: 

    Mark Webber improves from 12th to seventh on the super-soft tyres but his team-mate does even better. Yep, Sebastian Vettel sets a personal best in the first sector, fastest of all in the second sector and then gets a nice tow off the Mercedes of Michael Schumacher down the start-finish straight to go quickest of all by 0.006 seconds from Fernando Alonso.

  113. 1555: 

    Everyone apart from Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Rosberg is out on track as the session comes to a close.

  114. 1553: 

    BBC Radio 5 live analyst Jaime Alguersuari quite rightly points out that the HRTs are doing a fantastic job. Yes, they may be down in 20th and 21st but they're faster than the Marussias of Timo Glock and Charles Pic which is impressive for the tiny Spanish outfit.

  115. 1550: 

    Alonso's Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa is pushing hard, too - though perhaps a little too hard. The Brazilian goes perilously close to the wall as he flies out of Turn 9 before clocking the fifth fastest time.

  116. 1548: 

    And just as you say that Greg, Fernando Alonso goes quickest of all with an absolute stunner. The Spaniard clocks 1:14.448 to go 0.263 seconds faster than anyone else.


    Greg Marshall on Twitter: "If Alonso doesn't win tomorrow, I'll eat my hat and I think he'll probably take his pole too"

  118. 1546: 

    Sensational scenes here as Sebastian Vettel goes quickest of all by 0.001 seconds. Lewis Hamilton is second, only 0.025 seconds ahead of Fernando Alonso. Michael Schumacher goes quicker on his second lap on those super-soft tyres and though he's only 0.085 seconds off the pace, he's still only fourth. Wow this is close. So close.

  119. 1544: 

    Bruno Senna sets personal bests in sector one and sector two, but he loses a stack of time in the final corner and only improves to seventh fastest, 0.526 seconds off the pace.

    BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson

    "I'm just down at the Ferrari garage. During the first four races of the season, everybody was rushing about like lunatics, but this is the most calm I've seen it here. They look much much more confident now they're not fighting with the car anymore."

  121. 1540: 

    Michael Schumacher has bolted on the super-soft tyres but can only improve four places to fourth, nearly two tenths off the pace set by Lewis Hamilton.

  122. 1538: 

    With just over 20 minutes to go, the track temperature has just dipped to under 30C. Lewis Hamilton still leads the pack by 0.025 second with Fernando Alonso second and Romain Grosjean third. Sebastian Vettel is fourth ahead of Bruno Senna who crashed heavily at the final corner in second practice.


    Mercedes on Twitter: "Nico enjoying a bowl of cereals in the garage... Relaxed!"


    Joe Duffy on Twitter: "Fernando Alonso's performance so far this year has proven him to be the best out there. I think he'll win."

  125. 1534: 

    We've got seven different teams in the top 10 at the moment, with the top eight separated by a mere second. Qualifying is going to be mega.

  126. 1532: 

    Fernando Alonso shows us that the Ferrari does have pace with its new updates as he goes quickest of all with a 1:14.737. He doesn't stay there long, though, as Lewis Hamilton gets every sector hooked up nicely to edge in front by 0.025 seconds.


    Pirelli motorsport director Paul Hembery: "A lot of the teams did work with heavy fuel on Friday, trying to understand the degradation of the super-soft tyres which will determine the strategies. The soft tyres are good for 65 to 70 laps, so you could do a one-stop strategy because there's not a lot of degradation, but I think as the temperature rises you'll find there will be more two-stop strategies."

  128. 1531: 

    Red Bull's Mark Webber waves his hand in frustration has he gets baulked slightly by Lewis Hamilton who is treading carefully on his out-lap before putting the hammer down for his first proper flyer of the session.

  129. 1530: 

    Felipe Massa gets seriously lairy as he jumps across the kerbs at the final chicane and almost clips the wall of champions. Wow that was close, but he lives to fight another day. The Brazilian is lapping very quickly at the moment but has just been bumped down to third overall as his Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso goes second, two tenths off the pace.

  130. 1529: 

    As we reach the half-way point of this session, here's how they stand:

    1) Vettel 2) Massa 3) Grosjean 4) Schumacher 5) Maldonado 6) Button 7) Perez 8) Kobayashi 9) Ricciardo 10) Webber

    All those times were set on the soft tyre.

  131. 1527: 

    Sebastian Vettel, last year's pole-sitter, is fastest of all at the moment, clocking 1:15.440. He's one tenth quicker than the Ferrari of Felipe Massa with Michael Schumacher only a tenth further back in third.

  132. 1525: 

    Jean-Eric Vergne hangs his head in shame as he walks back down the pit lane towards his garage. That's a crucial session wasted for the Frenchman who had yet to set a timed lap.

  133. 1522: 

    Ferrari's Felipe Massa has made a slight tweak to his luminous yellow and green helmet this weekend, honouring the legendary Canadian driver Gilles Villeneuve - after whom the Montreal circuit is named - who tragically died behind the wheel of a Ferrari 30 years ago last month. Nice touch, Felipe.

  134. 1519: 

    Replays show that Vergne's Toro Rosso got out of shape as he braked for Turn One. He got on the grass on the outside of Turn One as he tried to catch the loose rear end, but the car ends up swinging round the other way and onto the grass on the outside of Turn Two. He's a passenger as the car then ploughs into the tyre barriers.

    BBC 5 live analyst Jaime Alguersuari:

    "Once you go out on the grass, it's so slippery. You can't stop the car and it just hits the wall."

  136. 1517: 

    Toro Rosso Jean-Eric Vergne has crashed into the tyre wall at Turn Two. Bit of an odd place to crash, that.


    McLaren driver Jenson Button team radio: "Really struggling with the break balance, guys, really struggling."

  138. 1515: 

    Jenson Button is really pushing. He locks his front left into Turn One and the his front right into the hairpin. It's still quick, though, and he goes quickest of all with a 1:16.297. There's still a long way to go to match the fastest time set in this session last year which was 1:13.381 by Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel.

  139. 1513: 

    Kamui Kobayashi is the first man to set a time - 1:17.223 - in his Sauber. Jenson Button, who has a torrid Friday, is out nice and early to make up for lost time. Let's see what the 2009 world champion can do...

    BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson

    "There's another issue with the Red Bull. On their front axle, which is titanium, they have holes that run though it that line up with holes in the wheels. That high-energy air helps cool the brakes and helps improve the performance of the underfloor. But apparently it's been seen as illegal because it's a moving aerodynamic device, so they've had to close them off."


    Lawrence Marinaccio on Twitter: "Hamilton and both ferraris look very strong however I think Schumacher could sneak pole following his strong form in Monaco."

    BBC 5 live analyst Jaime Alguersuari

    "I think we also have to look at Ferrari. They have done a good job with their new exhausts and they looked good on the long runs. I would put Hamilton and Mercedes as pole contenders, though."

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson

    "This season has been one of steady improvement for Ferrari after the shock of discovering how slow the car was at the start of the year, but the upgrades have continued in Canada with revised rear bodywork, including an exhaust position similar to the one they had to abandon in pre-season testing because it was over-heating the rear tyres. This time, it seems to have worked. Fernando Alonso said he was 'rather pleased' with how things had gone, while McLaren's Lewis Hamilton said the red cars 'look very, very quick'."

  144. 1508: 

    The stricken Mercedes has now been cleared out the way so the track status is back to green. Everyone bar Nico Rosberg has completed an installation lap before heading back to the pits so it should be long till we see some proper running. I'm looking forward to seeing how the Ferraris perform. It's no secret their car has been off the pace this season and yet their driver Fernando Alonso leads the championship. Alonso and his team-mate Felipe Massa were second and third respectively in second practice.

  145. 1506: 

    It's all gone wrong for Nico Rosberg as he stops out on track at Turn 6. As he was doing a practice start, he said he felt the clutch was slipping a little bit. That's the end of the German's session which is a nightmare for Mercedes who are tipped to challenge for pole in qualifying.

  146. 1504: 

    Lewis Hamilton, the star of Friday practice, has headed out of the garage. He stops at the end of the pit lane, does a practice start and then gets on his way. Will he replicate his Friday form in these warmer conditions?

  147. 1502: 

    Kamui Kobayashi, Jean-Eric Vergne, Narain Karthikeyan and Kimi Raikkonen have joined Heikki Kovalainen out on track to complete their installation laps. I have to say this is perfect weather for a spot of racing. Bright blue skies and a tasty air temperature of 24C. Splatter that lotion on, people.

  148. 1500: 
    GO! GO! GO!

    A change in conditions from yesterday means the teams have plenty of work to do over the next hour ahead of qualifying. The green lights are on and the pit lane is open. Out goes Heikki Kovalainen in the Caterham. His team will hope he gives the barriers a wide berth today after his crash at Turn Nine on Friday.


    Ed Worthington on Twitter: "One of the mercedes or hamilton on pole is my predicition for canada, be nice to see a 7th winner, too."


    Mahesh on Twitter: "No one's talking about Red Bull here. They were pretty quick yesterday and might be in with a chance as well!"

  151. 1455: 

    Jonathan Legard and Jaime Alguersuari are up and running in the commentary box. You can listen to their musings by clicking on the module at the top right of this very page.

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson

    "Paul di Resta played a starring role for Force India on Friday, fifth fastest behind Lewis Hamilton, the Ferraris and Sebastian Vettel, but the Scot was keeping his feet firmly on the ground as ever when it was suggested things were looking good for him. 'I wouldn't get carried away yet,' he said, before allowing that 'Q3 should be a realistic target'."


    BBC 5 live commentator Jonathan Legard: "We had a torrential downpour here after practice on Friday, but it's an absolutely beautiful Saturday in Montreal. There's not a cloud in the sky. It's already lovely and warm even though it's only 10am here, and it's going to heat up through the day. The expectations here are that Mercedes and Lotus will show more form in this final practice session. It should be close - and fascinating."


    Gary Clark on Twitter: "I expect the trend to continue - 7 races 7 different winners. Hamilton, Schuey or Lotus due a win??"

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson

    "Despite his problems and restricted running, Jenson Button was in a surprisingly buoyant mood after practice on Friday. 'It hurts because you can't do any high-fuel running and you can't do any set-up work. But we're positive, the car is quick, Lewis was fast, I'm not worried.'"

  156. 1447: 

    Practice is not too far away now, with Michael Schumacher placing his ear plugs in, pulling on his balaclava and then sliding on his helmet ready for one final hour of practice. The German was seventh fastest on Friday but will we see him challenging the top of the times later this afternoon?


    Caterham driver Vitaly Petrov on Twitter: "Good morning. All ready for P3. Nice weather :) let's do it :)."

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson

    "On the other side of the McLaren garage from Lewis Hamilton, Jenson Button had completely opposing fortunes, his running severely curtailed by a series of problems at the rear of his car. McLaren managing director Jonathan Neale explained that an initial oil leak led to a gearbox change, and then another problem was discovered that required another gearbox change. Such is the complexity of a modern F1 car that a gearbox change takes about an hour and three-quarter. Hence him only getting out for the final 18 minutes of the second practice session."


    BBC Radio 5 live breakfast presenter Simon King: "It will become gradually more settled throughout the day so while there is a very small risk of a light shower, it should be dry with sunny spells for qualifying with a maximum temperature of 24C."

  160. 1443: 

    This is where you come in. I want your qualifying predictions and hopes for the weekend. Don't be shy. Tweet me @lawrobarretto using the #bbcf1 hashtag or text us on 81111 (UK only) remembering to put F1 and your name at the start of the message. Let's get it started.

  161. 1439: 

    Here's how today is going to work. We've got an hour of third and final practice which begins at 15:00 BST with qualifying a little later at 18:00. We'll have the BBC Radio 5 live boys in the box, too with Jennie Gow scooping up the gossip in the pit lane and paddock.


    Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso on Twitter: "Good morning! At the track deciding test items for this morning free practice! Sunny & warmer than yesterday, it will require some adjustments."

    BBC F1 technical analyst Gary Anderson

    "If I had to put some money on someone for pole, I would be looking at Michael Schumacher. I think Mercedes's 'double DRS' system will give them a good advantage and he is due a change of luck sometime soon."

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson

    "Michael Schumacher was in bullish mood when he arrived in Montreal, saying he was 'very confident' of a good result. Which, for him, is basically the equivalent of saying he expects to be in with a shot of a win. He was slightly less openly optimistic after setting seventh fastest time on Friday. 'I had a good feeling in the car but it's too early to make any predictions for the weekend,' he said. Still, there is a strong suspicion Mercedes will be right up at the sharp end this weekend."

  165. 1434: 

    The Mercedes also looked pretty handy on Friday, too with the team carrying out their traditional programme which focused heavily on race set-up. Their DRS overtaking aid is the class of the field and will have a heyday on the long straights. A first victory for Michael Schumacher since his comeback is a real possibility, then - though he'll have to beat his feisty team-mate Nico Rosberg first.


    HRT on Twitter: "Forecast says that today will be the warmest day of the week. What a change!"


    Caterham on Twitter: "A very good morning from the beautifully sunny Montreal paddock. Quite a contrast from last night when it all went a little biblical...."

    BBC Sport's chief F1 writer Andrew Benson

    "Lewis Hamilton has something of a love affair going with Montreal, and the passion was still burning strong on Friday - fastest in both sessions, and clearly having a whale of time out on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. 'Every year we've come here and been competitive,' said Hamilton of the track where he took his maiden victory in 2007. 'I've always enjoyed coming here. I always suggest people come here on holiday because it is a great city, great food, great track.'"

  169. 1432: 

    Welcome one and all to qualifying day for the Canadian Grand Prix at a gloriously sunny Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. Lewis Hamilton may have dominated Friday practice, but on Friday he was wary of the threat from the scarlet Ferraris after Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa finished second and third respectively.

  170. 1430: 

    Records are there to be broken and Lewis Hamilton took the first step towards smashing one when he finished fastest in both practice sessions for the Canadian Grand Prix on Friday. We've had six different winners in the first six races of the season for the first time in history and remarkably, Hamilton was not one of them. But nail pole position in qualifying today and the 2008 world champion will be one step away from seventh heaven.

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Formula 1 World Championship 2014

Position Driver Team Pts
1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes 384
2 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes 317
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull 238
4 Finland V Bottas Williams 186
5 Germany S Vettel Red Bull 167
6 Spain F Alonso Ferrari 161
7 Brazil F Massa Williams 134
8 Great Britain J Button McLaren 126
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India 96
10 Mexico S Perez Force India 59
11 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren 55
12 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari 55
13 France J Vergne Toro Rosso 22
14 France R Grosjean Lotus 8
15 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso 8
16 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus 2
18 Germany A Sutil Sauber 0
20 Mexico E Gutierrez Sauber 0
22 Japan K Kobayashi Caterham 0
23 W Stevens Caterham 0


After 60 of 61 laps
Position Driver Team

Race stopped at 60 laps

1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes
2 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull
4 Spain F Alonso Ferrari
5 Brazil F Massa Williams
6 France J Vergne Toro Rosso
7 Mexico S Perez Force India
8 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India
10 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren
11 Finland V Bottas Williams
12 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus
13 France R Grosjean Lotus
14 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso
15 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham
16 France J Bianchi Marussia
17 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia
18 Great Britain J Button (ret.) McLaren
19 Germany A Sutil (ret.) Sauber
20 Mexico E Gutierrez (ret.) Sauber
21 Germany N Rosberg (ret.) Mercedes
22 Japan K Kobayashi (ret.) Caterham