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Sebastian Vettel sets course record to claim pole for Montreal Grand Prix

10 June, 2018, 02:00 | Author: Lula Armstrong
  • Daniel Ricciardo

There's much more scope for overtaking in Canada than there is at most Grands Prix, so Hamilton could still get on the podium or better if he does well on Sunday, but he'll need to find the kind of pace his rivals displayed so readily here.

It is the Italian team's first time on pole in Montreal since seven-time champion Michael Schumacher managed it in 2001.

When asked about the status of the component which failed in Monaco, he said: "I wouldn't describe it as serviceable.it's not happy!"

Bottas added: "It's always annoying when it's so close and we're not ahead but starting on the front row is good for this race".

Sebastian Vettel and his Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen were subdued after finishing fifth and second respectively at the end of Friday's practice for the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix. "It was a bit surprising, there was no way for me to carry on".

Vettel, meanwhile, was forced to miss the start of FP2 after lengthy set-up changes were made to his vehicle, and he conceded that Ferrari have work to do ahead of qualifying.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen placed third in the dying moments of a thrilling qualifying session to bump championship leader Hamilton further down the order.

"I think they'll be at this stage hard to beat", he admitted, "but I think we can still improve the auto a lot, do more laps, learn a bit more and I think we'll be okay".


"We extracted the best we could out of qualifying".

Mercedes" Lewis Hamilton will start the Canadian GP in 4th place after a "difficult qualifying session'.

"I guess the fight will be with Ferrari, too early to really know, but I'm sure Mercedes will be really fast tomorrow afternoon".

Hamilton leads Vettel by 14 points in the championship heading into the weekend, with Ricciardo third, 38 points off the lead.

Mercedes asked for so few hyper-softs because they believe it will be a poor race tyre but Red Bull proved at the last race in Monaco that they can run it longer and more competitively than other teams and Verstappen is confident he can challenge the Ferraris and Mercedes in the race.

But Bottas and Hamilton may have been set back by the team's inability to get an updated engine ready in time for the race, while Ferrari and Red Bull both had new parts.

The young Dutchman Verstappen clocked 1:12.198 seconds.

And then a quick new track record for Vettel, knocking spots off the Mercedes with 1:10.776.

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