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Canadian GP qualifying as it happened


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By Mark Orlovac

1921: Right then, that's it from me. Thanks very much for your company and all your messages. I'll be back from around 1530 BST tomorrow for what I predict will be an absolute cracker. Do not miss it. Until then, enjoy the England game. Take care.

Pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton: "It's been a great day, it's a bit overwhelming really. When the guys told me I'd got pole, it reminded me of my first win and first pole here in 2007."

1916: That was some qualifying. Hamilton absolutely loves this place doesn't he? The last three races in Montreal have seen the Englishman qualify on pole.

BBC F1 analyst Martin Brundle: "That's a career saving performance from Liuzzi - well done to him."

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United6060 on 606: "Great stuff from Hamilton even if I'm not a fan. Glad to see the Red Bull pole dominance end. Gutted for Schumi though."

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh: "We would hope for an early-ish safety car, but I think the quickest way to run the race anyway is to start on the soft tyre, run a short stint, and run on the prime for most of the race. If there's a safety car it's a very strong strategy!"

BBC F1 analyst Martin Brundle: "A brilliant effort from Hamilton under immense pressure, but he will start on different tyres to the cars around him. The FIA don't take kindly to you not having enough fuel to get into the pits at the end of the lap - they'll be taking a look at that."

1907: So it's Hamilton on pole with Webber on the hard tyres joining him on the front row. Vettel and Alonso make up the second row then it is Button, Liuzzi, Massa, Kubica, Sutil and Rosberg. What a day for Liuzzi, getting ahead of a Ferrari.

1904: Hamilton is told to stop out on the track as he has not got enough fuel to get home and for the team to supply a fuel sample. We then have the sight of a world champion pushing his own car down the track before the marshals arrive. The safety car then comes out to give him a lift home. Priceless.

1902: Incredible. On his last flying lap, Hamilton throws his McLaren around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and for the first time this season, Red Bull have not claimed pole. His time was a 1:15.105.


1859: Webber is flying and he has provisional pole with a 1:15.373. Sensational. The Ferraris and Rosberg are on soft tyres by the way. Last chance for the drivers now, who's going to do it?

1857: Vettel misses the final corner and has to go again, he's currently in eighth. Hamilton still quickest, then it's Webber, Alonso, Button and Kubica.

BBC F1 analyst Martin Brundle: "I have never seen Jenson making as many mistakes as he has this weekend. He is struggling and you can tell he is not fully comfortable."

1854: Webber, Vettel and Kubica are on hard tyres reports BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz. A split in tyre choice, love it.

1853: Hamilton sets a 1:15.500, which is way quicker than Button. Webber, Alonso and Vettel are also out there.

1852: Only the McLarens out at the moment. Soft tyres for both.

1849: Schumacher looks pretty unhappy as he explains what happened to his race engineer Andrew Shovlin in the Mercedes garage. The light turns to green for Q3, Button out first. Here we go.

BBC pundit Eddie Jordan: "This could be a huge turning point for Michael, he'd been looking good coming into this race. Something's wrong, and he will think it's not him, but he's been comprehensively out-qualified by his team-mate."

BBC F1 analyst Martin Brundle: "Schumacher went straight across the final chicane [on his fnal flying lap] - that's his worst moment of the year."

1846: The top 10 finished like this: Hamilton (1:15.528), Vettel (1:15.556), Alonso (1:15.597), Kubica (1:15.682), Webber (1:15.692), Button (1:15.742), Rosberg (1:16.001), Liuzzi (1:16.171), Sutil (1:16.295) and Massa (1:16.314).

1843: Button saves himself with a 1:15.742 - that was enough for sixth. Liuzzi finished eighth and the big news: Schumacher misses out. The cars dropping out are: Barrichello, Hulkenberg, Schumacher, Petrov, Buemi, Alguersuari and De la Rosa.

1842: What drama. Michael Schumacher fails to make Q3. Q2 is over.

1841: Tension. Liuzzi is up to ninth and Schumacher is in 10th, Button is now in the drop zone. He's got one last lap...

BBC F1 analyst Martin Brundle: "You can see the rubber starting to go down in the critical traction zones. The track is starting to come back to the drivers."

1838: Webber posts a 1:16.010 which is enough for sixth. Button is in ninth and Schumacher in 10th. Button is now on the softs.

1837: Mark Webber goes wide at the Turn 10 hairpin and he shelves that lap. Vettel is now on the hard tyres as well. Liuzzi, Barrichello, Petrov, Alguersuari, Buemi, De la Rosa and Hulkenberg are in danger now.

1834: Hamilton is now quickest with a 1:15.528. Button down in ninth. BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "McLaren are the only top team currently on the hard tyres in Q2."

1831: Crikey they are not mucking about. Do they think it's Q3? Up pops Vettel with a 1:15.556, then it's Kubica (1:15.682), Alonso (1:5.954) and Rosberg (1:16.001).

BBC F1 pundit David Coulthard: "Sauber are back to where they were six races ago, and it's just not good enough."

1827: The second session of qualifying gets going with Petrov the first man to take to the track.

1823: The drivers that fell out of qualifying were: Kobayashi, Kovalainen, Trulli, Glock, Senna, Di Grassi and Chandhok.

1820: ... and he doesn't do it. Kovalainen in the Lotus briefly looks like he will out-qualify the BMW Sauber but Kobayashi saves himself from that ignominy.

1819: One final lap for Kobayashi to try and get into Q2...

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Anon via text: Kubica works this track very well, but I don't think he has much hope to get on the podium, don't think the Renault is capable of that. Shame really, he's an exceptional racer!"

1816: The top 10 look like this - Hamilton, Vettel, Alonso, Rosberg, Button, Webber, Sutil, Kubica, Schumacher and Massa. No change at the bottom.

BBC F1 analyst Martin Brundle: "Forcing the top 10 to start the race on the tyres they use in final qualifying is a flawed regulation. It needs to be changed."

1812: Kubica is up to 10th after a 1:16.853. Vettel posts a 1:16.129 to go second while the boys in trouble are Kobayashi, Heikki Kovalainen, Jarno Trulli, Glock, Bruno Senna, Di Grassi and Chandhok.

1810: We have a man in the 1:15s for the first time, and that man is Hamilton. He sets a 1:15.889. BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz says the McLarens started Q1 on a scrubbed set of hard tyres. Alonso is second with a 1:16.171.

1809: Busy, busy, busy out there now. Hamilton is top of the pops thanks to a 1:16.614. Liuzzi is second with a 1:17.086. Kubica has not yet set a time.

1806: Ferrari's Fernando Alonso goes fastest with a 1:17.864 but hang on, Adrian Sutil then goes quickest. Alonso then does it again with a 1:17.255.

1804: Renault's Vitaly Petrov is top of the times at the moment with a 1:20.210.

BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "All the top teams are going to use Q2 as a tyre test between the soft and the hard, and they're all looking like they're probably going to go with the hard."

1800: First qualifying has begun, the Virgin Racing car of Timo Glock is the first man out. In the Red Bull garage, Vettel is sitting in his car with his eyes closed and getting into the zone. Maybe he's just seen pictures of that barbeque as well.

BBC F1 commentator Jonathan Legard: "Everybody was expecting McLaren to break Red Bull's stranglehold on qualifying, but it seems to be a lot closer than they expected."

1755: Track temperature is now 31C according to the graphics on the screen. We are also getting pictures of a jolly gent cooking a fine-looking barbecue. It's making me very hungry. Focus Orlo, focus.

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh: "We're doing things that will hopefully enhance the racing for next year, but I think the fans who've watched the last six races have seen six stunning races. It's not all about overtaking."

JamieTDouglas on Twitter: "Surely if the option tyre will only last a few laps, it's a no-brainer to start on primes? Even to the detriment of quali position."

Lotus technical chief Mike Gascoyne on Twitter: "Ten minutes to go. Big discussion for qualifying is which is the quicker tyre. Track temp going up compared to this morning."

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson in Montreal: "Ferrari have looked in better shape here after their disastrous race in Turkey and Fernando Alonso has looked genuinely quick. But he is still obviously struggling with the car - he failed to complete a lap on the softer tyres in final practice and that has been a theme through the weekend. The Spaniard has had a lot of trips across the grass and the Ferrari looks very unstable in the braking zones. I'm told he is worried that his title challenge is effectively over if the upgrades planned for the next race in Valencia do not transform the car."

Virgin Racing driver Lucas di Grassi: "We've chosen a very, very low downforce for the car, but the difficulty of the track is very low grip and the walls are just so close. Every lap we're within 10cm of the walls - the smallest mistake and you crash."

1747: Jake Humphrey and Eddie Jordan are currently talking to team bosses Martin Whitmarsh (McLaren), Horner (Red Bull) and Ross Brawn (Mercedes). My lovely colleagues say that Brawn is my celebrity look-a-like. I think that's a bit harsh on Ross.

Hispania's Karun Chandhok: "We had a gearbox problem so I missed this morning's practice, which means we haven't run the option today. The track is so slippery, it's worse than Monaco. On my first lap here I thought we had a power steering problem, because there was just no grip. I think that in the race there'll be safety cars and all sorts of stuff."

1741: You probably know that England are playing their first game of the World Cup this evening, you can have a look at our commentary here but I'm not allowing you to go completely until qualifying is over. Deal?

1737: It's stat o'clock. Should Red Bull be on pole again today, it will be the best run of poles in one season since 1998 when McLaren had nine in a row. Webber is going for four in row which will be the best since Fernando Alonso had five successive poles in 2006.

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson in Montreal: "This should be a fascinating qualifying session. There is genuine uncertainty about which tyre to qualify on - teams are struggling on both and they have to take into account the first stint of the race as the top-10 qualifiers have to start the race on the tyres they set their fastest time on. The softer option tyre is going off after not much more than a lap, so teams are giving genuine consideration to qualifying on the harder prime. The consequences are this could be the first dry race this season where drivers make two, or even three, pit stops."

BBC F1 analyst Martin Brundle on Red Bull: "They can paper over the cracks and say 'We're all happy families' but I don't believe it. It'll happen again. Guaranteed."

German drivers Adrian Sutil, Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher show their colours
German drivers Adrian Sutil, Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher show their football colours
BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Montreal: "A large swathe of people in the F1 paddock are hoping for a straightforward qualifying session in Montreal because there are pressing concerns for England supporters 8,000 miles to the east in South Africa. Two English drivers, eight UK-based teams, and plenty of media are waiting to watch England take on USA at 1430 local time. Lewis Hamilton reckons he has no split loyalties despite dating American pop star Nicole Scherzinger. 'I've always supported England,' says Hamilton. 'I don't feel we're going to have problems in the first game. When I sit down with my engineers, I'm sure it will be on in the background - so I don't think we should debrief until after the game.' His McLaren team-mate Jenson Button agreed: 'Perhaps our engineering debrief will go out the window for a couple of hours. The grand prix is the most important thing for us but second to that will be watching the game. I don't think the first game will be as easy as some people believe.'"

1726: Here's a quick run down of how qualifying works. All 24 drivers go in the 20-minute opening session, with the slowest seven dropping out. There are 17 drivers in the 15-minute Q2 - seven dropping out again, with the 10 remaining drivers going in the 10-minute Q3 shoot-out. Where's your money? The Orlovac millions are on Hamilton - a view that is shared by my colleagues in the office. We know how to take a risk here don't we?

BBC commentator Jonathan Legard in Montreal: "Red Bull may have been on pole for all seven races so far this season but they are far from confident of being there here. Team principal Christian Horner sounded genuinely concerned when I spoke to him before qualifying. 'If we can get on the first few rows, we'll be doing well.' A bit of kidology? Let's see."

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Stargazer on 606: "I'm not sure that it will be a McLaren lock-out! But I think that if Lewis Hamilton doesn't break the Red Bull sequence of poles today, no one will. I'd guess at a mix of McLaren, Red Bull and Mercedes on the first two rows, with Button and the Ferraris chasing the third row."

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner on BBC TV: "Do we favour one driver more than another? Absolutely not. We want to see a Red Bull car win. We don't care whether it is Mark Webber or Sebastian Vettel. It would be wrong as a team and for F1 to see after the first corner, no more racing. It's not what Red Bull is about. In the cold light of day it was a racing incident and I'm sure it won't happen again."

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson in Montreal: "The Argentina-Nigeria game provided a bit of a distraction in the gap between final practice and qualifying here, with a small crowd at Mercedes and a larger one at Ferrari. The cloud is lifting and there are flecks of blue in Montreal's big skies and anticipation is building for a great, genuinely unpredictable session."

BBC pundit Eddie Jordan on the Red Bull incident: "I think people are being disingenuous here. There are team orders happening up and down the pit lane all the time. That's my belief."

1712: Fashion watchers, Eddie Jordan is wearing a tasteful dark blue shirt with light blue spots. He gets a ribbing from the other guys that an MBE should be on the way for his services to the fashion industry. There's more stuff on the telly now about Red Bull. Have a look at the stories we've done during the week, from Christian Horner, Mark Webber, and Seb Vettel. Fascinating stuff.

jbaxtersinger on Twitter: "Hamilton has taken pole the last two times here in Canada. Red Bull and Button pose the only threat to him."

The boat trip from the TV compound
Water way to get to the paddock
BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Montreal: "Orlo, I have to tell you that I'm a bit cut off from the paddock this weekend, although Andrew Benson is handily in residence there. The trek from the TV compound involves a walk along the man-made Ile Notre Dame's tow path, a ride on a boat and then a hop on the back of a golf buggy. Failure to take this route has led to serious disorientation and delay. David Coulthard, who was too busy finishing third for Red Bull the last time he was in Montreal to explore the complexities of the route from the TV compound to the paddock, was baffled by the whole experience."
I'm out of breath just reading that. I get lost just going from the office to the tea bar here at TV centre.

1704: There's been some interesting quotes from Lewis Hamilton ahead of the race on the situation and dynamic at Red Bull. Here's what he said: "Clearly they have less chemistry, less of a friendly relationship than myself and Jenson. We do a lot of events together, spend a lot of time with each other and we have a huge amount of respect for each other and what we have achieved." Lewis, haven't you seen that photo?!

1700: Heads up - qualifying coverage on BBC Two and at the top of this page has just begun. Beauty.

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Louise on the train in London with some awesome food for tonight's game, via text: "Let's see some Hamilton magic in Q3! We need to see a real Red Bull v McLaren showdown tomorrow! PS Congrats DC!"
Sounds yummy, room for one more?

James in Essex via text: I'm getting bored of Red Bull qualifying on pole for EVERY grand prix. Come on Jenson! Or Lewis! Or anyone who isn't driving a Red Bull!"

Sebastian Vettel (left) and Mark Webber
We really are friends you know...
1647: Unsurprisingly, talk in the paddock in the lead up to the race has been dominated by the Red Bull nonsense in Turkey. BBC F1 commentator Jonathan Legard has filed a fine blog on the subject. Have a look while you're waiting for qualy to begin. Mentioning this also gives me the chance to reproduce this staged photo of Webber and Vettel taken at the team's factory after the Turkish GP. Wonderful.

Virgin Racing on Twitter: "Time-trap listing for FP3 is interesting. Lucas was fastest 324kph. Timo slowest 306kph. Shows how varying downforce/drag affects things."

1637: Now then, we're going to keep going all the way through for qualifying, so this is your chance to have your 15 minutes of (live text) fame. Use Twitter, 606 or text us on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) with F1 before your message. I'll use as many contributions as I can. Promise.

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt on Twitter: "Intrigued by the DJ outside BBC HQ urging the crowd here to make some noise with a chant of 'Say F1, F1, F1...' You get the idea."

1626: There's been a bit of breaking news while third and final practice was going on in Montreal. Former F1 champion Nigel Mansell has crashed only 17 minutes into this year's Le Mans 24 Hour race. Thankfully, the event's official website says he is "fine". Meanwhile, you can have a glance at Andrew Benson's report on final practice here.

Ferrari on Twitter: "We need to put one perfect lap together to aspire to be in the first three rows."

1617: By the way, right at the end of that session we got telly pictures of Lewis Hamilton brushing a wall - it didn't look like the impact was enough to cause any damage.

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Anon via text: "Thanks everyone for keeping me up to date. Am following you from a remote village in northern Uganda, no tv and snail-speed internet."

BBC F1 commentator David Croft: "Jenson Button had his problems on the option tyres - that wasn't a good session at the end for him."

1606: Kubica was sixth (1:16.653) with Sutil (1:16.673), Button (1:16.699), Liuzzi (1:16.814) and Petrov (1:16.982) following in behind. Rosberg ended up in 18th with a best of 1:17.979. He only completed four laps. Chandhok did not manage to get out again by the way.

1603: Right then, Hamilton set the fastest time in that session - a 1:16.058, with Webber (1:16.340), Alonso (1:16.495), Schumacher (1:16.536) and Vettel (1:16.582) completing the top five.

Williams director of engineering Patrick Head: "Things don't look particularly good for us. We look as if we're definitely Q2 material, and I'd say the lower to middle part of it, as we were at Istanbul."

1559: Rosberg is out on the hard tyres, wonder if Mercedes are thinking about them for qualifying? With seconds to go, Lucas di Grassi parks his Virgin Racing car in the gravel at the Turn 10 hairpin. That's the end of the session.

1556: It's busy out there now, Webber improves to a 1:16.340 but that is not good enough to beat Hamilton. Kubica indulges in a bit of hand waving coming out of Turn Seven, his target? A certain Michael Schumacher, who the Pole felt got in his way. Wonder how many times that has happened?

BBC pit-lane reporter Holly Samos on the problems with Nico Rosberg's Mercedes: "It looks like the problem was a clutch sensor, which is situated in a very inaccessible area. They're sort of happy, in at least they've found the problem and fixed it."

1554: Six minutes to go, and it seems most of the drivers now have the soft tyres on for a bit of qualifying simulation.

BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz on Felipe Massa: "Ferrari have got away with this, they are examining the front wishbone and they seem quite happy with it."

1548: Top-five time update: Hamilton (1:16.259), Webber (1:16.459), Alonso (1:16.495), Vettel (1:16.582) and Button (1:16.699).

Williams director of engineering Patrick Head on the Red Bull clash: "Well, Williams have a great record of managing two senior drivers… but I'd like to have Christian Horner's problems at the moment. I think ultimately the two drivers, whatever was said to them by the team, will have sat down and had a chat. They're both intelligent men and know you don't win races or championships if your car is not on the race track."

1543: Massa is trundling slowly back to the pit lane, he tells the team that he hit a wall. Replays show that he did indeed whack it coming out of Turn Seven, with sparks flying off the front left wheel as the rim brushes the concrete. That just shows how unforgiving this track is.

1540: There's a few changes at the top of the timing sheets now. Alonso is second with a 1:16.495 with Vettel in third (1:16.671) and Webber in fourth (1:16.677). Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has only done one installation lap so far today and BBC pit-lane reporter Holly Samos says the car is up on the jacks as there is a clutch problem.

1538: Up pops Hamilton with a 1:16.259. Ferrari's Felipe Massa (1:17.231) is up to fifth and Force India's Adrian Sutil (1:17.634) is sixth.

1535: Renault's Robert Kubica is not a happy bunny. "The tyres are not working at all, they have no grip," he tells his team. Meanwhile, Button sets the fastest time of 1:16.699, then it's Hamilton (1:16.911), Schumacher (1:16.985) and Vettel (1:17.337).

David Coulthard MBE on the Red Button: "I'm very honoured. It's a reflection on the standing of motorsport generally. A couple of things have surprised me coming here - the teams are not running lower downforce, and the tyres are more marginal than usual. Which is a long-winded way of saying I've no idea who is going to be on pole!"

1532: Hamilton is now quickest with a 1:17.131 with team-mate Button 0.124 seconds behind after a 1:17.255. Then it's Schumacher 1:17.687) and Alonso (1:17.716).

BBC commentator Jonathan Legard in Montreal: "A 'green' track will mean many of them will limit their running and not learn much, so qualifying - which is expected to be dry - could be more unpredictable than normal. There are also contradictory weather forecasts for the race, with some saying wet and some dry."

1530: This is more like it. Renault's Robert Kubica, winner here in 2008, goes second with a 1:18.669 with Hamilton third thanks to a 1:18.886.

1526: Toro Rosso's Sebastien Buemi, visits the wet grass at Turn Four - that won't help the tyres. Alguersuari is quickest with a 1:18.862 with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso second after a 1:18.971.

Force India on Twitter: "Not much action on track as it is wet in places. No rain expected later."

1522: Jaime Alguersuari takes his Toro Rosso around in 1:22.156 before BMW Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi beats it with a 1:20.863. Glock improves to a 1:22.273. Only four drivers have posted times. So far.

1520: Glock sets a best of 1:23.593 with team-mate Lucas di Grassi posting a 1:25.540. There's a few more cars out there now thank goodness.

Ferrari team principal Stefano Domenicali: "We need to be cautious (about our performance in Canada). For sure, the situation, we have seen yesterday it is going in the right direction, but we wait the next two races when we have big updates on the car to see where we are. This weekend, the tyre degradation is new, very different from what we have seen here. I am expecting an interesting race this weekend. The championship is very open. There is a long way to go, we need to do points now when we are not up to the performance we would like to have and then push in the closing part of the season."

1516: Hoorah!! A big up (that's what the kids say right?) to Timo Glock who takes his Virgin Racing car out for a spin. The track is all his.

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson in Montreal: "There is a race for historic Formula 1 cars here this weekend. It was causing a few men of a certain age to go all misty-eyed when they took to the track this morning. And personally it caused me briefly to question my sanity. I was trying to do some work, and was momentarily completely disorientated to look up at the screens in the media centre and see the Ferrari 312T4 in which the legendary Gilles Villeneuve finished second here in 1979 pounding round the track. It didn't help that it had the 'wrong' colour helmet poking out of it - black rather than Villeneuve's famous orange and blue one. Among other cars, there's also James Hunt's 1975 Hesketh, a Penske and a March from 1976, a 1980 McLaren, a 1982 Williams. I wonder if the current F1 cars will be taking part in the same sort of event in 30 years' time."

BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "I asked [Hispania technical director] Geoff Willis what the problem was, and he smiled wryly and said it was hydraulic failure - another one for Hispania."

1512: All quiet on the track at the moment, the only drivers not to have completed an installation lap are Chandhok, Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg.

Ferrari on Twitter: "Everyone will remain on stand-by in the garage waiting for an improvement of the track conditions."

Williams director of engineering Patrick Head on the Red Button: "I think we felt we made a bit of step forward in practice one, and we were reasonably optimistic. But maybe we changed too many things, because we didn't make the progress we hoped for in practice two."

1505: Most of the drivers have done their installation laps and are back in the pits. BMW Sauber driver Pedro de la Rosa reports back to his team that the first sector is "quite slippery" but that the rest "seems to be better".

1502: Only two minutes in and we have a broken down Hispania. Karun Chandhok's car stops as it leaves the pits and in the absence of any help, he starts to wheel it back himself.

BBC pit-lane reporter Holly Samos: "I was talking to Christian Horner, boss of Red Bull, and he said that yesterday the tyres fell apart 'like cheese'."

1500: And we are off for an hour of final practice.

IanSmithF1 on Twitter: "A combination of the weather and poor tyre performance could mean a great chance for Lotus to score some points possibly?"

1451: Here's the plan for today, we've got third and final practice starting at 1500 BST, with the Red Button streaming at 1455 BST. Qualifying starts at 1800 BST in time for you to catch the England World Cup game. Coverage of qualifying begins at 1700 BST on BBC Two with Jake Humphrey and the boys, the team now including David Coulthard MBE to give him his full title. Congratulations.

1445: I don't know how you've spent your morning but bet you didn't, like me, sit down and watch a live video of Australia kids super group The Wiggles. Again. If you haven't heard of them before, well they are a children's version of Crowded House - only with a few more primary colours - and they are huge with the under fives. Unfortunately, I've now got their songs whirling around in my head so do forgive me if I start writing Dorothy the Dinosaur and the like. Anyway, this is your forum so get involved with you predictions for the weekend and how you are going spend this glorious day of sport. Use Twitter, 606 or text us on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) with F1 before your message. Tidy.

Lotus technical chief Mike Gascoyne on Twitter: "Has been raining but our forecast says no more rain for the weekend. Totally different forecast to before so believe what you like. Should be dry for the start of P3 but maybe still damp off line. Will make tyre evaluation difficult."

1439: So what happened yesterday I hear you ask? Well Button and Hamilton were first and third in the first practice session, with seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher in second, but the McLarens could not repeat that in FP2 - ending up in 11th and seventh. Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel topped the timesheets in the afternoon, with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso in second and Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg in third.

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Montreal: "Another drizzly start to the day here in Montreal and while that has caught some of us out in the coat department it's going to cause even bigger headaches for the drivers. Any rubber put down during the two previous practice sessions will have been washed away and that's bad news on a track that was proving tricky to find grip on. McLaren's Lewis Hamilton likened the circuit to an 'ice rink' on Friday and said only Red Bull seemed to be getting their tyres to work properly. Sebastian Vettel said: 'The secret here is the tyres; everyone was sliding around a bit - it was more like rally cross than Formula 1.' It's going to be interesting to see if anyone can figure out how to make the tyres work in third practice ahead of the one-lap dash in qualifying."

1435: Hello gang. How are we doing? Ready for an intriguing day at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve? It certainly was an interesting day yesterday as the drivers battled with tyre graining and a track that had as much grip as Todd Carty in Dancing On Ice. Renault's Robert Kubica called it the "worst grip he'd ever experienced in his whole racing career", Lewis Hamilton said: "It's very difficult to switch the tyres on and get heat into them. It's just like being on an ice rink out there, it's so slippery." McLaren team-mate Jenson Button added: "I ran with the option (soft) tyres with heavy fuel at the end and it grained so much I came in and put the prime (hard) on and then went out and I was two or three seconds quicker than the other cars who were on options." This could be a lively one.

1430: Red Bull have been on pole position for every race so far this season, locking out the front row on three occasions, with Australian Mark Webber at the front of grid for the last three races. Is this the day that sees that impressive run come to an end? Welcome one and all to what is universally called 'third practice and qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix'.

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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

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see also
Hamilton storms to pole in Canada
12 Jun 10 |  Formula 1
Vettel sets Canada practice pace
11 Jun 10 |  Formula 1
No ill feeling with team - Webber
10 Jun 10 |  Formula 1
McLaren pair to battle for wins
10 Jun 10 |  Formula 1
Drivers can still race - Red Bull
09 Jun 10 |  Formula 1
Ferrari retain Massa until 2012
09 Jun 10 |  Formula 1
McLaren admit to errors in Turkey
08 Jun 10 |  Formula 1
Red Bull extend Webber contract
07 Jun 10 |  Formula 1
No favourite at Red Bull - Vettel
07 Jun 10 |  Formula 1
Hamilton expects Button battles
04 Jun 10 |  Formula 1
Force India designers join Lotus
02 Jun 10 |  Formula 1
Kubica lukewarm on Renault future
01 Jun 10 |  Formula 1
Webber calls for united Red Bull
01 Jun 10 |  Formula 1
McLaren will improve - Hamilton
30 May 10 |  Formula 1
Red Bull drivers play blame game
30 May 10 |  Formula 1
Ferrari will bounce back - Alonso
30 May 10 |  Formula 1
Red Bull clash hands Hamilton win
30 May 10 |  Formula 1

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