Five themes to watch for in Canada

Five themes to watch for in Canada

Does Vettel's Montreal pole mean Red Bull is set to resume its 2011 form? Can Hamilton stay at the front, and what are Ferrari and Mercedes capable of in race trim? Glenn Freeman analyses the Canada prospects

2011 all over again?

By this year's standards, Sebastian Vettel's 0.303-second margin over Lewis Hamilton in qualifying is pretty dominant. There was an air of 2011 about the way the reigning world champion unleashed some fearsome pace in Q3, and the way it seemed to take any sting (and doubt) out of the pole position fight.

For the first time all year, Vettel has spoken of "trusting" the RB8, and the team being able to read the conditions and make the car work – undoubtedly 2012's magic bullet. Of course, Sundays have thrown up plenty of shuffles in the order this year, but it was ominous to hear Mark Webber say that the hotter the weather, the better it is for Red Bull. The forecast for Sunday? Warmer than qualifying...

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