Intermittent rain dampened the course and slowed the cars for the last two of the three qualifying sessions – but there is only a small chance of rain on Sunday [AFP]

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.

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.  – Source Reuters

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