Grand Prix F1 Canada 2013: Top Contenders to Watch at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

Mike Hoag@MikeHoagJrCorrespondent IIJune 8, 2013

MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 08:  Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Scuderia Toro Rosso drives during the final practice session prior to qualifying for the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 8, 2013 in Montreal, Canada.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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German Sebastian Vettel won his third consecutive pole during 2013 Formula One Canada Grand Prix qualifying on Saturday. To this point, he hasn’t been able to turn his pre-race success into a victory at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

The 44th F1 Canadian Grand Prix and seventh race of the 2013 season is packed with all of the top Formula One drivers from around the world.

Besides Vettel, there are some others who have enjoyed sustained success at the circuit. We’ll take a look at a couple of those drivers who may come away with the victory on Sunday.

2013 F1 Canadian Grand Prix Qualifying Results

Pos. Car No. Driver Team
1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull
2 10 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
3 17 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault
4 9 Nico Rosberg Mercedes
5 2 Mark Webber Red Bull
6 3 Fernando Alonso Ferrari
7 18 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari
8 15 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes
9 7 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault
10 19 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari

*Visit Formula1.com for full Canadian Grand Prix qualifying results.

Drivers to Watch

Sebastian Vettel

As mentioned, Sebastian Vettel has made a habit of winning the pole in Montreal. It’s also his second pole of the 2013 season.

Vettel is currently having a fantastic season too, sitting atop the F1 points standings by 21 points over countryman Kimi Raikkonen as we head into Montreal.

In addition to his two previous poles, the driver has also scored two wins—one in Bahrain and another in Malaysia. His previous pole win did not correspond to an ensuing victory, coming in March in Australia to kick off the season.

He has never won at Montreal but could finally get it done this season if he drives to his potential on Sunday.

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton’s former McLaren team has captured four of the past five F1 Canadian Grand Prix wins. Hamilton has secured three of them himself in 2012, 2010 and 2007. There was no race in Montreal in 2009 due to financial reasons.

McLaren is having one of the worst starts to a season in recent memory. That prompted some pessimism from within the team’s ranks.

"We've won there the last three races, but this time around we're not going to set the world alight simply because we are going to Canada,” Sam Michael, McLaren’s sporting director, said, according to Gary Rose of BBC Sport.

Luckily for Hamilton he parted ways with the team and is with Mercedes now.

Will the driver find success again this season after finishing second behind Vettel during qualifying for the second year in a row?

Nico Rosberg

Anytime a driver is coming off of a win, it’s important to keep a close eye on them during their ensuing race. Of the six previous race winners and six pole winners, there have been just six different drivers among the group.

Nico Rosberg won the 2013 F1 Monaco Grand Prix and captured all three of the previous poles prior to finishing fourth in qualifying in Montreal.

Rosberg’s qualifying was hampered by a radio malfunction during the poor weather conditions of Saturday’s qualifying session, according to Alan Davies of WHTimes.co.uk.

Will he continue his hot streak by collecting his second win of the season in Montreal?


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