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Canadian GP as it happened


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By Mark Orlovac

1859: It's time to sign off for today. Thanks for your company and all of your messages - they are very much appreciated. Have a read of the report while you are watching the F1 forum, which is about to begin on the Red Button and at the top of this page. There are also highlights of the race at 0015 BST on BBC Three. I'll be in the chair for the European Grand Prix in two week's time, you lucky people. Until then, take it easy.

gariha on Twitter: Brilliant drive Lewis. Who needs safety cars, eh?!"

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Simon in Edinburgh via text: "Not really a waste, once got told by a champagne maker they make it artificially fizzy and doesn't taste like the real stuff at all!"
You're kidding me? Outrageous!

Second-placed Jenson Button: "It was a very difficult race, the tyres are so important and you are never sure if you are looking after them enough. It was a great race, really enjoyable - you had to think about every situation."

Race winner Lewis Hamilton: "It is one of the toughest races so far. It's another one-two and Jenson did an incredible job. I am very happy and proud of the team."

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Jeff in Canada via text: "Hamilton and Button have restored some British pride in sports this weekend. Thanks guys."

roomurrhamil on 606: "Button, I have to confess he's not average... he's surprising me big time!!!!"

1845: Make no mistake, Hamilton is loving this. He soaks his team in champagne while Alonso does not join in the celebrations and just stands on the podium drinking from his bottle. Don't blame him to be honest - it's a waste otherwise right?

1844: Anthem time. The rest of the top 10: Webber, Rosberg, Kubica, Buemi, Liuzzi and Sutil. Massa ended up in 15th.

1841: Nice touch from Button as he goes over to congratulate Hamilton who is still in the car in parc ferme. Big smile from Hamilton - a little different to bemused reaction he had in Turkey.

Lewis Hamilton to his team: "Woohooh! Yes! Great job guys! Thank you so much for this weekend. There was a lot of pressure on our shoulders, but we stood up to it."

1839: Button is second with Alonso third and Vettel fourth. More ignominy for Schumacher as he is overtaken by both Force India drivers on the final lap and he finishes out of the points in 11th.

1838: A brilliant, brilliant drive from Hamilton. That's his second victory in a row and his second in Canada.


BBC F1 analyst Martin Brundle: "You have to treat the back of Schumacher's car like the back of a donkey. I think Schumacher has driven appallingly today."

Lap 68: Liuzzi is all over Schumacher like a rash. This has really not been a good weekend for the seven-time world champion.

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC F1 commentator David Croft on BBC Radio 5 live: "Lap 26 remember was Lewis Hamilton's last stop for tyres so 44 laps without stopping - very impressive."

Lap 67: A summary of the standings with three laps to go: Hamilton, Button, Alonso, Vettel, Webber and Rosberg. Webber is 6.3 seconds behind Vettel.

Lap 65: It's settled down at the front. Unless something spectacular happens, it look very much like a second straight McLaren one-two. The Schumacher/Massa incident will be investigated after the race.

BBC pit-lane reporter Holly Samos on BBC Radio 5 live: "If it stays like this Lewis Hamilton will go to the top of the drivers table with 109 points."

BBC F1 analyst Martin Brundle: "That was naughty again. This is Schumacher's worst weekend since he came back."

Lap 64: Massa and Schumacher are battling down the home straight coming down to Turn 12. There is a slight touch, did Schumacher make a little second move to the left before turning right? Whatever, Massa briefly runs off the track and front wing is damaged, he'll have to come in for a new one. Hamilton is leading by 3.9 seconds.

McLaren to Hamilton: "You clearly have the pace - look after your tyres."

BBC F1 pundit David Coulthard: "This is absolutely fantastic. How good is it when we have tyres on the limit!"

Lap 61: Well that's something to tell the grandkids, Buemi overtakes seven-time champion Schumacher on the inside of Turn One for eighth. Button is 2.4 seconds behind Hamilton and has a 1.0 second gap over Alonso. Kubica sets the fastest lap of the race, a 1:17.606.

Lap 59: Button is hunting down Hamilton - the gap? It's 2.2 seconds now. Alonso is 0.7 seconds behind Button. Where's your money? This is not over.

Lap 58: Hamilton leads Button by 3.1 seconds, Alonso is third then it's Vettel, Webber, Kubica, Rosberg and Schumacher. Webber is 8.9 seconds behind his team-mate. Does he have enough time to catch him?

Lap 56: Hold the phone. Alonso gets trapped behind Karun Chandhok's Hispania car coming out of Turn Seven and Button is on hand to take full advantage. He takes him on the outside coming down the straight towards Turn Eight and all of a sudden we have a McLaren one-two.

Lap 54: Massa is now up to 11th after a nice move on Sutil and Alguersuari at Turn Six and Seven. "Good move, kidder," his Ferrari team tell him. Aaah, that's nice.

Lap 52: Hamilton leads by 2.5 seconds from Alonso but the Spaniard is lapping much slower than the Briton and Button in third. Vettel is in fourth, Webber fifth, Kubica sixth.

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC pit-lane reporter Holly Samos on BBC Radio 5 live: "Red Bull are having a radio issue with Sebastian Vettel. You may have heard it was sporting director Christopher Horner on the radio to him just now."

Lap 50: It was coming. Hamilton gets past Webber at Turn One - tidy move - and at the end of the lap, the Aussie comes in for soft tyres. UK residents, we've got some nice video now of Hamilton and Alonso battling for position as they come out of the pits. Take a look.

Lap 48: Interesting chat between Vettel and his team. Here it is - Vettel: "Seriously, how do you expect me to pass, we are going slower and slower!" Horner: "We are managing an issue, repeat, we are managing an issue." Hamilton has Webber in his sights, it will not be long now before he takes the lead - the gap is 0.5 seconds.

BBC F1 pundit David Coulthard: "Red Bull have taken a gamble, and it was looking good for a while while the gap was opening, but reality is setting in. It's looking like fifth for Mark Webber."

Lap 46: Webber's lead is just 3.1 seconds now. He will not win this race, surely. Vettel, in fifth, is 8.5 seconds behind his team-mate.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner to Sebastian Vettel: "The cars ahead are going to the finish - try and pass."

Lap 44: The Aussie will not be happy with this. Hamilton is 4.8 seconds behind now and the top five cars are separated by just 10.3 seconds.

Lap 43: Alonso sets the fastest lap of 1:18.567 - this is really costing Webber. The gap is down to six seconds.

Lap 42: The gap at the front is coming down rapidly - it's 8.2 seconds.

Lap 41: Hamilton is catching Webber - it's 8.8 seconds now. How much longer is Webber staying out for? Vettel set a 1:18.650 on lap 40 by the way.

McLaren team radio to Hamilton: "Webber is struggling on tyres, he's coming back to us. You need to keep looking after your tyres - you are the quickest car out there."

BBC F1 commentator David Croft on BBC Radio 5 live: "The race stewards are also going to investigate Jaime Alguersuari and Rubens Barrichello after the race."

Lap 39: Webber tells his team that his primes are "slowly starting to go". BBC F1 analyst Martin Brundle: "It's not looking good unless Hamilton's tyres start to fall away." The gap between the front two is now 10.2 seconds, that's not enough for Webber to come in for a pit stop and to keep the lead.

Lap 37: Button sets the fastest time of the race so far - a 1:19.021. He's 2.7 seconds behind third-placed Alonso. Webber leads Hamilton by 11.7 seconds. Sebastian Vettel, in fifth, is on the radio: "Do I have to pass Button to win?" Team: "Yes. The three cars in front are for position."

Lap 34: Kravitz says that Red Bull do not expect Vettel to pit again. Buemi is in sixth followed by Kubica, Rosberg and Alguersuari. Schumacher pits for the third time and is 10th.

BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz reports McLaren have just told Lewis Hamilton to 'look after these tyres - they need to go a long, long way".

Lap 32: Pedro de la Rosa's car has some thick smoke coming out of the back of it. He's out - it's not a good weekend for the BMW Sauber team. There is a brief yellow flag but racing quickly continues. Webber is 10.4 seconds clear of Hamilton and it's Alonso, Button and Vettel.

Lap 29: Webber is 8.2 seconds clear of Hamilton but he's only had one stop for far remember. Nico Hulkenberg is given a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pit-lane.

Lap 28: Alonso comes into the pits for another set of hard tyres. He gets caught up behind a Lotus, can't see which one though, and there's a bit of hand waving going on. Webber leads from Hamilton, Alonso, Button and Vettel.

Lap 27: Button and Vettel come into the pits now. Button gets out ahead of Vettel.

Lap 26: Alonso and Hamilton are wheel-to-wheel again coming down the straight towards the final chicane but the McLaren driver dives into the pits for another set of hard tyres. BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz says that was a very late call. Alonso now leads.

Lap 24: Vettel is told to let his team know when his soft tyres are falling apart. The Red Bull driver, who is lapping quicker than the leaders, replies that the rears are falling off "slowly". He is 4.2 seconds behind Hamilton.

BBC F1 pundit David Coulthard: "This is great stuff with the tyres, this is a great opportunity to see different teams and drivers managing their tyres. What a great race we're seeing."

Lap 22: "We're looking good, we're looking good," says Alonso to his team after being told the situation in the race and that Vettel is on the soft tyres.

Lap 20: Hamilton is 0.9 seconds ahead of Alonso, with Button 1.9 seconds behind the Spaniard.

BBC F1 analyst Martin Brundle: "What's interesting now is that Vettel and Webber on two different tyres are doing exactly the same lap times."

Lap 18: Alonso reduces the gap at the front to 0.6 seconds. This is going to be some battle. Petrov comes in for a new front wing.

BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "The reason so many people are having problems is that tyre degradation is much worse than the teams predicted. It is forcing them to switch to a three-stop strategy."

Lap 16: Hamilton is 0.8 seconds clear of Alonso. Then it's Button, Vettel, Webber, Kubica, Sutil, Buemi and Rosberg.

BBC F1 analyst Martin Brundle: "That was bordering on very naughty by Michael Schumacher because Robert Kubica had the inside line, the racing line."

Lap 15: Hamilton overtakes Alonso on the straight coming down to Turn 12. Easy. Schumacher in the pits as is Buemi. Hamilton leads Alonso by 0.4 seconds.

Lap 14: Vettel is in the pits and switches to soft tyres. Buemi leads the Grand Prix. I wonder how many times I'll say that this season?

Lap 13: Schumacher comes in at the end of lap 12 and there is drama as he rejoins the race. He is side-by-side with Kubica at Turns Three and Four, with Schumacher going over the grass, but the Mercedes driver gets in front. Vettel still leads. Webber comes in to the pits.

BBC F1 analyst Martin Brundle: "Vettel is pulling half a second a lap on his team-mate Webber."

Lap 11: Petrov gets a drive-through penalty for a jump start. Alonso, in fifth, is told that he is gaining on the leading Red Bulls.

Lap 9: Vettel leads Webber by 1.7 seconds. Kubica is now in the pits. Schumacher is up to third, Buemi fourth, Alonso fifth.

Lap 8: Wow, Hamilton and Alonso almost collide as they come out of their pit box and then they are wheel to wheel as they come down the pit lane. Incredible stuff. Alonso wins that little battle though and he is ahead of Hamilton.

Lap 7: That early safety car period just didn't happen for the McLarens and Hamilton comes in for new tyres - as does Alonso. Vettel and Webber lead.

Lap 6: Button comes in for new tyres. Vettel is all over Hamilton but the McLaren driver is holding firm, for now.

Lap 5: And so it happens, Webber overtakes Button on the inside at Turn Eight for fourth.

BBC F1 analyst Martin Brundle: "The harder tyres are coming on song, they're being switched on as the drivers say, especially for the Red Bulls - look how quickly they're closing up."

Paul di Resta on BBC Radio 5 live: "There could be problems for McLaren - the 'option' tyres are clearly struggling already and the 'prime' tyres are working better. Jenson's really struggling for pace. There's a long way to go in this race yet."

Lap 3: Hamilton increases his lead to 1.1 seconds. Schumacher is in eighth by the way, Rosberg in 13th. Massa and Liuzzi had contact at least three times at the start. Petrov took off Pedro de la Rosa at the start, which is why the BMW Sauber driver came in for a new front wing.

Lap 2: Hamilton leads Vettel by 0.4 seconds. Then it's Alonso, Button, Webber and Kubica. Kobayashi walks forlornly back to the pits, his race is over.

Lap 1: Hamilton leads from Vettel and Alonso. Kamui Kobayashi hits the wall in the final chicane. Liuzzi comes in for a new front, as does Felipe Massa. They must have collided.

Lap 1: As you would expect, there's contact at the first corner. Liuzzi is the main victim. Hamilton holds position and leads into the opening corner.

1702: And we are go...

1659: The drivers begin their formation lap - 70 brake-punishing laps are about to begin. I don't know about you but I'm feeling a little nervous.

1656: The track temperature is 38C by the way, which, as BBC F1 analyst Martin Brundle points out, is the warmest we've had all weekend.

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Anon via text: "Greetings from Laos - should be a cracking race. Go Mark Webber!"

McLaren's Jenson Button: "It's warmer today, so that will be better for the soft tyres, but we are struggling with graining on the rear tyres - hard as well as soft."

Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali: "It's an important day for us. Our situation is much better than at the last Grand Prix but here anything can happen. We need to understand how the tyres can behave - this could make all the difference. There could also be a safety car, so it should be interesting."

1650: Here's a quick reminder that Robert Kubica won his only F1 race the last time it was held here in 2008. Hamilton won his first F1 race in Montreal in 2007, when Kubica was involved in a horrific crash. Not long now people, the waiting is almost over.

BBC F1 pundit David Coulthard on Alonso: "Alonso is a lot closer to the pace than I expected this weekend. In normal racing circumstances I don't think he can win, but with the tyre situation, these are maybe not normal racing conditions."

Force India driver Vitantonio Luizzi: "It was a good qualifying lap for me, the car was good and we found a good balance. Can we win? We keep our fingers crossed, but it's Montreal - who knows?"

terptm on Twitter: "Hi from Holland. I hope Webber can make the Red Bull go fast. Webber deserves a win after last race, where they were both wrong."

Sebastian Vettel on the grid: "Obviously the harder compound tyre is more difficult to get up to heat quickly than the softer compound, but it lasts longer. We are happy we are on the right tyre for us. We'll see how bad it is for soft tyres."

1644: Good work from Brundle on the grid in that heat. Force India's mechanics are in confident mood, saying that Vitantonio Liuzzi, who is in fifth place on the grid, will win the race.

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson in Montreal: "The Canadian Grand Prix promises to be a fascinating tactical battle, with the Red Bulls starting on the harder 'prime' tyre and the leading cars starting on the soft 'option'. The 'prime' is a better race tyre because after just a handful of laps the option starts to suffer from graining, a phenomenon where the surface of the tyre tears, and the shreds of rubber stick to the tyre, preventing it gripping the track. So in theory the Red Bulls are in good shape. But Mercedes team boss Ross Brawn explained why it might not be as simple as that: 'If people can't do the race on one stop, do you get rid of the weak tyre at the beginning or do you try to put it on at the end and hope you're OK then? There are strong arguments for both cases. It will be fascinating to see how the race develops. The option will grain at some point. It's a question of whether you can go long enough on the option to make the race work. When you come in and change to the prime you will be quicker than the guys who stayed out on the prime and start catching up. They then have to make their decision when to stop and do they take another prime and then put the option on the end or do you put on the option and try to make it last? It will all depend on how the tyres hold together, but on Friday they weren't holding together at all well.'"

BBC F1 pundit Eddie Jordan: "For me, yesterday's qualifying was one of the most exciting qualifying sessions in many years. The big story was that Michael Schumacher did not even make the top 10. That's a big, big concern about the Michael Schumacher comeback."

McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh on tyre choice: "The drivers express an opinion, but ultimately the buck stops with me. We'll soon see if the decision was the right one."

1638: Martin Brundle is out for his grid walk - lots of people in shades as there are not many clouds in the sky - it's a lovely day.

1633: This could be a momentous race for Williams driver Rubens Barrichello. If the Brazilian completes 59 laps, then he will be the first F1 driver to complete 15,000 racing laps. Telly coverage has just shown footage of Fernando Alonso taking Jake Humphrey out for a spin in a Ferrari road car. It really is awful being an F1 driver isn't it?

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson in Montreal: "Mercedes had a terrible time in qualifying, with Nico Rosberg slowest in the top-10 shoot-out and Michael Schumacher, who did not even make it that far, lining up 13th. But they are reasonably optimistic of making progress in the race. The drivers could make the tyres work on heavy fuel loads, but not in qualifying trim. Schumacher said: "On low-ish fuel we seemed to struggle a lot more than we struggle with high fuel. We were quite competitive on high fuel, if not even the fastest. So we look much stronger in race pace. The race is very long. It is difficult. It is easy to have a safety car or whatever, so it is not finished. But where we're starting it doesn't help."

WAYNEEBCFC on 606: "Let's hope the race is more entertainment than the World Cup games so far."

1626: Want to know what happened with Webber's gearbox? Here's our intrepid reporter Sarah Holt with more: "A last-minute dash around the paddock and, Orlo, I found one Andrew Benson at the heart of things at Red Bull. It was a bit of a hot spot for the media after news of Mark Webber's grid-place drop from second to seventh. The word is his Red Bull's gearbox was changed after some oil analysis post-qualifying. Red Bull aside, the biggest huddle was around F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, who was bathed in sunshine as he entertained the locals on F1's return to Canada. The weather has cleared up nicely ahead of the race. That may not be what fans of rain havoc want to hear but with Lewis Hamilton's McLaren and Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull on the front row with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button in the second McLaren pressing behind you have to think the start - and Montreal's propensity for safety cars - will throw up plenty of excitement."

Kittywitchin on Twitter: "Wonder how many cars will hit the wall today? Fingers crossed for Lewis and also Mark Webber."

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dbfinch on 606: "Given how his last visit to Montreal saw him run wide at turn one numerous times, I can only imagine that Fernando Alonso is delighted to now be starting on the inside line..."

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alwaysred on 606: "OK Orlo, drinks ready, friends round, all sitting comfortably! Let the show begin!"
You're making me jealous!

1618: By the way, the telly boys are quite reserved in their wardrobe choices today. Not a pastel pink in sight, and no white jeans for David Coulthard MBE.

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson in Montreal: "Ferrari's Fernando Alonso is in his best grid position since the Spanish Grand Prix in early May, after his crash in Monaco and his failure to get into the top-10 shoot-out in Turkey. Ferrari look more competitive here after their poor weekend in Istanbul and the Spaniard says he should get on the podium, but really this race is damage limitation for Ferrari until their major car upgrade arrives for the next race in Valencia. A Red Bull-type rear end, it should give the Ferrari a big step forward in performance. But, after slipping back in competitiveness since Alonso's win in the opening race of the season, the team are aware that it needs to be."

1613: Now this venue, which was not on the calendar last year, is a bit of a favourite of the F1 community. Described as a cross between Monza and Monaco, it's 2.681 miles (4.316km) long with long straights and tight, slow corners with concrete walls lying in wait for anyone who makes a mistake. A great stat mentioned this weekend is that on average, the Canadian Grand Prix has 1.7 safety cars per race. Told you it could be spicy.

SingaporeTD on Twitter: "Superstitious? England rugby didn't win, England soccer didn't win, will English racers fail? Things come in threes!!! Hope not!"

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Montreal: "McLaren arrived in Montreal as pre-race favourites because of their greater straight-line speed, so with Lewis Hamilton on pole and Jenson Button now in fourth where does that leave their hopes of a third one-two of the season? Tyre management is going to be key to their chances and both McLarens start on the soft tyres, which have been crumbling 'like cheese' apparently, while the Red Bulls begin on the hard tyres, which are a little more durable. Button, who is second in the championship, says: 'It's fun for the people watching F1 because there will be some different tyre strategies today. We'll see more than one stop strategies during the race, different pit stops, lots of cars moving around and a lot of rubber being thrown up. We have to be careful to be consistent and not make mistakes.' Hamilton, winner last time out in Istanbul, adds 'We have to try and nurse the soft tyres as long as we can before our first stop.'"

VikrntShrma1991 on Twitter: "I have a feeling that Force India might finish on the podium today!! Go Force India."

1606: There was some interesting chat after qualifying yesterday. Alonso believes that the soft tyre will not be as bad for the race, saying: "The track is completely different now compared to Friday - we are running in the 1m15s and on Friday we were in the 1m18s. [On Sunday] with the track evolution and the rubber that we have in the corners maybe the tyre will have much better degradation than we expected and we have less problems than we did on Friday." Jenson Button also doubted whether starting on the hard tyre will be beneficial. He said: "Overall, I think it's going to be a good race - both fascinating and fun - and strategy will be very important: it will be all about tyre management, so going flat-out every lap might not be the quickest way to get to the end of the race in the shortest possible time."

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson in Montreal: "The Canadian Grand Prix is usually one of the more dramatic races, and the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve is one of the better tracks for overtaking. But senior figures in F1 all acknowledge that it is still too hard to pass in F1 and it looks as if next year the cars will be equipped with two systems to improve the situation. One is a return of the Kers energy storage and power-boost system, but with more power than it had last year. The other is an adjustable rear wing that would enable drivers to reduce downforce - and therefore increase speed - on the straights to help them pass another car. The rules are likely to be framed to limit the use of the two devices in a way that promotes good racing."

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt on Twitter: "I can tell you that David Coulthard has his white jeans with him today but that he's having second thoughts about wearing them."

1559: Rain fans, I'm sorry to upset you but we are getting telly pictures from Montreal and it looks absolutely glorious. Apparently the chances of rain are diminishing. Remember the programme is on air on BBC One from 1605 BST.

Lotus technical chief Mike Gascoyne on Twitter: "If there is an early safety car expect those starting on options to be diving into the pits."

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Montreal: "There were a few raised eyebrows after qualifying when pole position man Lewis Hamilton used his muscles to push his car back to the McLaren pits after the team told him he probably didn't have enough in the tank to make it back AND still be able to provide the FIA with the requisite fuel sample. The team were fined $10,000 for contravening an FIA memo which says the cars have to be driven back to the pits. Team principal Martin Whitmarsh said: 'We didn't set out to do this. It wasn't Lewis' fault - a mistake was made. The regulations require us to provide a sample so we felt that was the dominant requirement rather than a memo which isn't in the rules. There's nothing in the regulations that say you have to return to the garage after qualification.' Some of McLaren's rivals were disgruntled about it because it meant Hamilton had had an advantage in qualifying because his car was lighter than it should have been. But at a team managers' meeting on race morning the teams were shown the radio transcripts and have now accepted that it was a genuine mistake. Apparently, the fuel man misheard a request for more fuel and put in an extra 0.2kg rather than an extra 2kg. Nevertheless, now the issue has been raised race director Charlie Whiting is expected to issue a rule clarification to ensure teams don't try to exploit this in the future."

1550: This is your chance to get involved with this text - it's a once in a lifetime opportunity. Or something like that. Give me your predictions about who has made the best choice with the tyres, who you think will win this thing and how many safety cars will be deployed. You can Tweet, send a message on 606 or text us on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) with F1 before your message.

BBC Sport's Andrew Benson in Montreal: "All the teams are expecting a cracking grand prix - one leading engineer said this morning that this would be 'the best race of the season'. That's based on two things - the high probability of a safety car and the problems teams are having with their tyres. None of the teams know how the tyres will behave in the race, beyond the assumption that they will wear so quickly that no one will be able to do the race on only one stop. In theory, starting on the softer 'option' tyre, which goes off quicker, is the faster strategy. But absolutely anything could happen."

1546: For those of you who were not with us yesterday, you missed a pretty momentous day in the world of F1. For the first time this season we've not got a Red Bull on pole, with the McLaren of Hamilton leading the way after a blistering last-gasp lap. One of the main talking points from qualifying is that Hamilton will be starting the race on different tyres than the Red Bulls - Hamilton on the softer tyres, the Red Bulls and Renault's Robert Kubica on the harder ones. In Friday practice, those softer tyres didn't seem to like heavy fuel loads - especially on a 'green' track that had less grip than Robert Green's gloves.

1543: So what's the plan for today? Well the race begins at 1700 BST and you can catch it all here on the BBC. The race is shown live on BBC One with the programme starting at 1605 BST, coverage will also be streamed at the top of this page from that time. There is also commentary on BBC Radio 5 live with David Croft. Oh yeah, and if you really want to you can also follow my text updates on this page.

1540: Crikey, the race hasn't even started yet and we already have a bit of breaking news. Red Bull's Mark Webber, who qualified in second for today's race, has received a five-place grid penalty for changing his gearbox. Team-mate Sebastian Vettel will now start on the front row alongside Hamilton, with Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button on the second row. Webber will now start from seventh next to Robert Kubica.

1538: Hello you. A warm welcome to our coverage of the Canadian Grand Prix. Put the frustration of England's performance last night behind you, settle yourself down with something cold - and possibly fizzy - and enjoy what is left of this pretty special sporting weekend with one of the most eagerly-anticipated races of the season.

1535: Lewis Hamilton on pole, a return to one of the most thrilling venues on the calendar, the front of the grid starting with different tyres - who needs football anyway? Welcome to motorsport's very own 'Greatest Show On Earth'.

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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

FIA Formula 1 World Championsh 2016

Position Driver Team Pts
1 Germany N Rosberg Mercedes 385
2 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes 380
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull 256
4 Germany S Vettel Ferrari 212
5 M Verstappen Red Bull 204
6 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari 186
7 Mexico S Perez Force India 101
8 Finland V Bottas Williams 85
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India 72
10 Spain F Alonso McLaren 54
11 Brazil F Massa Williams 53
12 C Sainz Toro Rosso 46
13 France R Grosjean Haas F1 29
14 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso 25
15 Great Britain J Button McLaren 21
16 Denmark K Magnussen Lotus 7
17 Brazil F Nasr Sauber 2
18 J Palmer Lotus 1
19 P Wehrlein Manor Marussia F1 1
21 Mexico E Gutierrez Haas F1 0
22 Sweden M Ericsson Sauber 0
23 E Ocon Manor Marussia F1 0

Points projected from latest race positions

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see also
Superb Hamilton wins in Montreal
13 Jun 10 |  Formula 1
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
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