Ferrari will have its best chance to secure its first victory in this year’s Formula 1 season, with Fernando Alonso managing to post the second fastest time at qualifying today at the 2011 Canadian Grand Prix. Fellow Ferrari driver Felipe Massa, meanwhile, is third on the grid, firming the Italian racing marque’s chances at tomorrow’s race.
Alonso was just a few tenths of a second off the pace of Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel, who no doubt will be keen to lead from pole and secure his sixth victory this year from seven starts. Additionally, the two Ferrari drivers will certainly have their work cut out for them as Vettel’s teammate Mark Webber will be starting at fourth on the grid.
Rounding out the top five will be McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton, which should ensure tomorrow’s race will be one of the most exciting of the year.
While Red Bull Racing and Ferrari have reason to celebrate, Sauber driver Sergio Perez will be sitting out the race as the young Mexican is still recovering from his dramatic crash during qualifying at the previous Monaco Grand Prix. In his place will be test driver Pedro de la Rosa, who will start at 17th on the grid.
Going into tomorrow’s race, Sebastian Vettel leads the Drivers’ Championship points table with 143 points followed by Lewis Hamilton on 85 points and Mark Webber close behind on 79 points. Not surprisingly, Red Bull Racing is the clear leader in the Constructors’ Championship, with 222 points, followed by McLaren on 161 points and Ferrari on 93 points.
Stay tuned for our remaining coverage of the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix this weekend.