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Vettel takes pole in Canada
19:45, Jun 9 2012
Sebastian Vettel has secured the 32nd pole position of his Formula One career and second in succession ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix.
Reigning world champion Vettel proved to be the class act in qualifying, crushing his rivals around Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in his Red Bull.
McLaren's Lewis Hamilton again lines up on the front row, but the 27-year-old found himself three tenths of a second adrift of Vettel's hot lap of one minute 13.784secs.
The pole elevates Vettel up to fifth in the all-time standings, and he now stands alongside Nigel Mansell, with only Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna, Jim Clark and Alain Prost ahead of him, the latter duo with 33 poles.
Championship leader Fernando Alonso starts third in his Ferrari as he failed to pip Hamilton at the death, followed by the Red Bull of recent Monaco Grand Prix winner Mark Webber.
Mercedes' Nico Rosberg starts sixth ahead of Felipe Massa in his Ferrari and the Lotus of Romain Grosjean, with Paul di Resta in his Force India a stunning eighth, equalling his second best grid slot of his F1 career.
In ninth and 10th are Mercedes' Schumacher and Jenson Button in his McLaren, the latter in the top 10 for the first time in three races, but continuing to struggle and on a circuit where he won in dramatic fashion a year ago.
"We've had a fantastic weekend. Yesterday was very smooth with no problems," a smiling Vettel said afterwards. "We've learned some lessons of late because we've been quick on a Sunday, but not in qualifying.
"Yesterday it was important to have a clean run. We trust the car we have. We go with the circuit, and I was very comfortable.
"I found I was always able to get a bit quicker. I knew it would be tight here, but it seems we've been able to make a bigger difference."
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