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Canadian GP: Good race for Lotus as Rookie Grosjean finishes 2nd, Raikkonen comes home in 8th place

The Lotus team had a very good Canadian GP, as Romain Grosjean registered his best finish in Formula One with an excellent 2nd place, while teammate Kimi Raikkonen also finished in the points after a poor Qualifying session. The team could have been genuine contenders for victory had their drivers qualified in better positions.

The race start was an uneventful one for the team as Grosjean starting from 7th place on the grid did not make the progress expected to challenge for a podium. His teammate, the immensely experienced Finn Raikkonen gained a place on the Sauber of Kamui Kobayashi to be on the cusp of the point scoring places in 11th. Raikkonen battled with Jenson Button early in the race. Grosjean by lap 14 set a string of fastest laps when the first round of pit stops began. The Frenchman kept up his pace to match the leaders and led the race before making his first pit stop on lap 21.

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Vettel powers to Pole at Canadian GP, Hamilton & Alonso lead chasing pack

vettel_canadaA beautiful sunny day greeted the Formula One paddock for the all important Qualifying session in Canada. Sebastian Vettel gave Red Bull the last laugh in the final practice session by beating the charging Ferrari of Fernando Alonso to top the time sheets. Only one second covered the first 16 cars in FP3, and this set up a mouth watering Qualifying session. The McLarens were extremely quick all weekend, while the Mercedes team was being tipped for a great result this weekend. The Ferraris were not to be forgotten as the team was swiftly improving, and promised to unleash the warrior in championship leader Fernando Alonso.

It was Sebastian Vettel though who claimed pole position in Montreal, Canada by finishing three-tenths of a second quicker than the McLaren of Lewis Hamilton. Fernando Alonso had one of his best Qualifying sessions of the season as he lines up in 3rd place alongside Red Bull's Mark Webber on the second row of the grid for tomorrow's race. Nico Rosberg was disappointed with only 5th place on the grid after a weekend which promised a lot for the Mercedes team.

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Vettel dominates FP3 in Canada, Alonso and Hamilton round off top 3

Sebastian Vettel finished on top of the time sheets in FP3 at the Canadian Grand Prix with a super quick lap of 1.14.442 seconds to confirm Red Bull's pace this weekend. Fernando Alonso continued to go faster in his rapidly improving Ferrari to go 2nd fastest just 0.006 s off Vettel's best lap. Lewis Hamilton, Mark Webber and Pastor Maldonado rounded off the top 5 in what was a considerably quicker final session of practice ahead of the Qualifying session later in the day.

Montreal basked in dry and sunny conditions for this vital one hour practice session. As all the teams focused on chassis set –up and tyre evaluation on Friday, this session offered a glimpse of the true pecking order for this race weekend. The signs were ominous for Ferrari's rivals as the Maranello based team seemed to be on the pace, despite running heavy fuel loads. The McLaren of Hamilton blazed the entire grid away to be on top of the timesheets in both sessions on Friday.

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Hamilton dominates FP2 in Canada, Ferrari exhibits strong pace

lewis_hamilton5Lewis Hamilton continued to dominate Friday's practice sessions in Canada as he followed up his timechart topping run in FP1 to also end Free Practice 2 as the fastest man on track courtesy a lightning quick lap time of 1.15.259 seconds. The Ferraris too showed strong pace as Fernando Alonso was just 0.054s off Hamilton's lap time to finish a close second. Felipe Massa continued his return to form to finish in 3rd place behind his teammate. Sebastian Vettel and Paul Di Resta rounded off the top 5 in FP2.

The McLaren team had its work cut out early on as a gearbox change was needed on Jenson Button's car, after an oil leak caused a slipping clutch in FP1 for the Briton. This change will not incur a penalty for Button, as the change was performed before Saturday's all important Qualifying session.

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Hamilton quickest in FP1 at Canadian Grand Prix, Top 5 covered by 0.3 seconds

lewis_hamilton5Lewis Hamilton went quickest in the First free practice session in Canada with a time of 1.15.564. The Red Bull of Sebastian Vettel closely followed in 2nd with a best lap of 1.15.682. Nico Rosberg, Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber rounded off the top 5 in what was a truly eventful session.

Montreal played host to the 7th round of the Formula One championship, with showers anticipated on Friday. The Canadian Grand Prix always dishes out one of the most electrifying races of the season. History could be made this race weekend if we witness a seventh different race winner from as many races. Aiming to stop that from happening are any one among McLaren's Jenson Button, Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, Mercedes' Nico Rosberg, the Red Bull duo of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel, and Williams' Pastor Maldonado.

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Montreal Race Feature: The Legend of Gilles Villeneuve

Gilles Villeneuve was born in Richelieu, a quiet little town in the province of Quebec in Canada in 1950. Young Gilles holds the unique distinction of having won a World Championship Snowmobile Derby in his early years. He credited the excellent car control he had over racing cars to his snowmobiling days: "Every winter, you would reckon on three or four big spills, and I am talking about being thrown on to the ice at 100 miles per hour. Those things used to slide a lot, which taught me a great deal about control. And the visibility was terrible! Unless you were leading, you could see nothing, with all the snow blowing about. Good for the reactions — and it stopped me having any worries about racing in the rain."

Villeneuve's driving skill and daring personified the ideals of Grand Prix racing. With his flamboyant and uncompromising driving style, in his Scarlet Ferrari he captured the imagination of a vast audience. He is regarded as one of the greatest racing heroes the sport has produced.

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Pole to flag victory for Sean Edwards in Austria

Only at the start did pole-sitter Sean Edwards have to fear for his position at the lead. Taking up race seven of the Carrera Cup Deutschland season from the second grid spot, Kévin Estre (Hermes Attempto Racing) pulled alongside the Deutsche Post by tolimit pilot from Great Britain at the entrance to the first corner. Edwards, however, did not open the door to the Frenchman. Estre braked too late, had to take the wider line – and Edwards pushed through to defend his lead. The reigning vice-champion pulled ahead to bring home his third win of the season. Kévin Estre followed him over the finish line in second, with René Rast (Germany, Team Deutsche Post by tolimit) finishing the 19-lap race on the 4.326 kilometre Red Bull Ring in third.

The top drivers of Sunday's race reflect the top positions of the overall classification. Carrera Cup newcomer Estre, who has already notched up a win on the Nürburgring as well as two second places this season, travels to races eight and nine on the Norisring in Nuremberg as the points' leader. Sean Edwards now ranks second overall, followed closely by his teammate René Rast, who lost the top spot yesterday. The two-time champion of the international Porsche Mobil1 Supercup came from sixth on the grid and in a perfectly prepared and executed overtaking manoeuvre he bagged first the winner of race six, Austria's Norbert Siedler (Konrad Motorsport), followed by Denmark's Nicki Thiim.

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