LEWIS HAMILTON took his first pole of the 2010 season yesterday in Montreal for today’s Canadian Grand Prix. This is the first time this season that a Red Bull hasn’t taken pole position.
The McLaren driver’s Q3 time was a 1:15.105 (129.898 mph). Championship leader Mark Webber (Red Bull) will line up alongside Hamilton on the first row of the grid, and his team-mate (and man who ruined the team’s Turkish Grand Prix) Sebastian Vettel is third on the grid.
Webber, an Australian will be hoping that his football team will beat Vettel’s (he is German) later today in the World Cup.
The remainder of the top 10 are in grid order: Alonso (Ferrari), Button (McLaren), Liuzzi (Force India), Massa (Ferrari), Kubica (Renault), Sutil (Force India) and Rosberg (Mercedes).
Michael Schumacher starts way down the grid in 13th place after just not being quick enough in Q2. He has won this race a record seven times in the past in: ’94, ’97, ’98, 2000, ’02, ’03 and ’04, but I can’t see him winning in 2010 unless something stupendous happens.
I was dead right with my race prediction for Turkey (apart from Vettel taking off Webber) so I’m feeling lucky. I reckon Hamilton will win again at the track where he won his first race back in 2007. If Vettel can pass Webber early and chase Hamilton we could have a classic on our hands.