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Alonso takes pole for Canadian GP
Canadian GP, 25 June, 1800 BST

Renault duo Giancarlo Fisichella (left) and Fernando Alonso (right)
Alonso (right) led home a Renault one-two with Fisichella
Fernando Alonso claimed his fifth pole in a row in qualifying for Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.

The world champion led home the second Renault one-two of the season as he clocked one minute, 14.942 seconds to edge team-mate Giancarlo Fisichella.

Michael Schumacher never looked like threatening the Renaults and has work to do from fifth spot on the grid.

McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen took third ahead of Toyota's Jarno Trulli while Britain's Jenson Button took eighth.

Alonso has never done better than fourth place in Montreal but the 24-year-old is confident this time things will be different.

"The result is perfect for us and we have to finish the job tomorrow," said Alonso, who is chasing his fourth victory in a row.

"We have been competitive in the first half of the season and are working hard to win the championship.

"Ferrari are our main opponents and we know this is a good circuit for them but hopefully we will be on the podium."

It's not where I want to be but we have a good strategy and we are positive about our race pace

Honda's Jenson Button

McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen claimed the 2005 Canadian crown after Alonso crashed out in the dying stages of last year's race.

The Finn performed well to qualify in third place and Raikkonen is determined to mount a serious challenge again.

"I want to get closer to the Renaults in the race and fight against them," said Raikkonen.

"I was happier with the car in the earlier sessions but we changed it and it did not feel as good in qualifying. Hopefully it will be easier during the race."

Toyota's Jarno Trulli rediscovered some of his old form to claim fourth - his highest grid position of the season.

There was also an encouraging performance from Williams' Nico Rosberg, who took sixth.

However, it was not all good news for the German as his team-mate Mark Webber held him responsible for his elimination in the first stage of qualifying.

Rosberg left it late to post a flying lap in the first session and Webber claimed he got stuck behind the German.

Britain's Jenson Button is focused during qualifying
Button has sets his sights on grabbing some points in Montreal

Jenson Button delivered a solid lap to qualify in eighth place, much better than his last attempt at Silverstone where he crashed out in the first session.

The Briton's confidence will also have been boosted as he edged Honda team-mate Rubens Barrichello into ninth.

"I'm pretty happy because it is an improvement and we can now concentrate on doing a better job," said Button.

"It's not where I want to be but we have a good strategy and we are positive about our race pace."

Scotland's David Coulthard could only manage 16th spot in his Red Bull.


Grid positions for the Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal

1. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Renault 1:14.942
2. Giancarlo Fisichella (Italy) Renault 1:15.178
3. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) McLaren 1:15.386
4. Jarno Trulli (Italy) Toyota 1:15.968
5. Michael Schumacher (Germany) Ferrari 1:15.986
6. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Williams - Cosworth 1:16.012
7. Juan Pablo Montoya (Colombia) McLaren 1:16.228
8. Jenson Button (Britain) Honda 1:16.608
9. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Honda 1:16.912
10. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1:17.209
11. Jacques Villeneuve (Canada) BMW Sauber 1:15.832
12. Christian Klien (Austria) RedBull - Ferrari 1:15.833
13. Nick Heidfeld (Germany) BMW Sauber 1:15.885
14. Ralf Schumacher (Germany) Toyota 1:15.888
15. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Italy) Toro Rosso - Cosworth 1:16.116
16. David Coulthard (Britain) RedBull - Ferrari 1:16.301
17. Mark Webber (Australia) Williams - Cosworth 1:16.985
18. Scott Speed (U.S.) Toro Rosso - Cosworth 1:17.016
19. Tiago Monteiro (Portugal) MF1 - Toyota 1:17.121
20. Christijan Albers (Netherlands) MF1 - Toyota 1:17.140
21. Takuma Sato (Japan) Super Aguri - Honda 1:19.088
22. Franck Montagny (France) Super Aguri - Honda 1:19.152


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