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.

Pos. Drivers Teams Time Laps
01. Deutschland Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing 1:25.425 25
02. United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas 1:25.512 31
03. Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams F1 1:25.897 30
04. Deutschland Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG Petronas 1:26.008 32
05. Australia Mark Webber Red Bull Racing 1:26.208 30
06. Spain Fernando Alonso Scuderia Ferrari 1:26.504 30
07. France Jean-Eric Vergne Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:26.543 32
08. Deutschland Adrian Sutil Sahara Force India 1:27.348 29
09. Finland Kimi Raikkonen Lotus F1 1:27.432 32
10. Australia Daniel Ricciardo Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:27.946 31
11. Deutschland Nico Hulkenberg Sauber F1 1:29.435 22
12. Mexico Sergio Perez Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:29.761 23
13. Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Williams F1 1:29.917 24
14. United Kingdom Jenson Button Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 1:30.068 22
15. Mexico Esteban Gutiérrez Sauber F1 1:30.315 24
16. Brazil Felipe Massa Scuderia Ferrari 1:30.354 20
17. United Kingdom Paul di Resta Sahara Force India 1:26.322 12
18. France Charles Pic Caterham F1 Team 1:25.626 10
19. France Romain Grosjean Lotus F1 1:25.716 13
20. France Jules Bianchi Marussia F1 1:26.508 12
21. United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia F1 1:27.062 12
22. Holland Giedo van der Garde Caterham F1 Team 1:27.110 10
  Q1 107% Time: 1:28.080  

Info: Formula1.com