Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel will start from pole position for the Formula 1 Grand Prix Du Canada 2013 after a qualifying session in which the track steadfastly refused to dry out after rain at lunchtime.

Vettel will be joined on the front row by a revitalised Lewis Hamilton for Mercedes, with surprise-of-the session Valtteri Bottas placing his Williams third ahead of Nico Rosberg in the other Mercedes.

It had begun raining at five minutes to one, but the brave all attempted to get away with supersoft tyres for a lap when Q1 began. Kimi Raikkonen slid his Lotus straight over the grass at Turn 2, while Max Chilton spun his Marussia at the hairpin. Everyone came in for intermediates.

Just as it had been in practice, the session was one of rapid-fire improvements as conditions slowly improved and a drying line emerged. In the end Vettel was fastest with 1m 22.318s, almost a second ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, with Mark Webber in the other Red Bull, the surprising Bottas, Felipe Massa in the second Ferrari, Hamilton and Rosberg next up.

01.Deutschland Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing1:25.42525
02.United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas1:25.51231
03.Finland Valtteri BottasWilliams F11:25.89730
04.Deutschland Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG Petronas1:26.00832
05.Australia Mark WebberRed Bull Racing1:26.20830
06.Spain Fernando AlonsoScuderia Ferrari1:26.50430
07.France Jean-Eric VergneScuderia Toro Rosso1:26.54332
08.Deutschland Adrian SutilSahara Force India1:27.34829
09.Finland Kimi RaikkonenLotus F11:27.43232
10.Australia Daniel RicciardoScuderia Toro Rosso1:27.94631
11.Deutschland Nico HulkenbergSauber F11:29.43522
12.Mexico Sergio PerezVodafone McLaren Mercedes1:29.76123
13.Venezuela Pastor MaldonadoWilliams F11:29.91724
14.United Kingdom Jenson ButtonVodafone McLaren Mercedes1:30.06822
15.Mexico Esteban GutiérrezSauber F11:30.31524
16.Brazil Felipe MassaScuderia Ferrari1:30.35420
17.United Kingdom Paul di RestaSahara Force India1:26.32212
18.France Charles PicCaterham F1 Team1:25.62610
19.France Romain GrosjeanLotus F11:25.71613
20. France Jules BianchiMarussia F11:26.50812
21. United Kingdom Max ChiltonMarussia F11:27.06212
22.Holland Giedo van der GardeCaterham F1 Team1:27.11010
 Q1 107% Time:1:28.080