Vettel and Ferrari give Mercedes food for thought in Canada

Monday, 10 Jun, 2019

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel took the pole position for the 70-lap race around the 14-turn, 2.71-mile (4.361-kilometer) Circuit Gilles Villeneuve road course on Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Ferrari's first pole position since Charles Leclerc took the pole position for the Bahrain Grand Prix and Vettel's first pole position in the last 17 races going back to last July's German Grand Prix. He will start third from the back in Sunday's race.

"Whoah", he exclaimed. "I'm still full of adrenaline. I'm really happy. I wish I could do it again just for the fun of it".

With the Brit splitting the two Ferrari cars, with Leclerc and Renault F1 Team's Daniel Ricciardo's starting behind both front runners Vettel and Hamilton, he hopes Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix will be a good show. "Yes, yes, yes", he screamed over the team radio before breaking out in song.

"I wasn't quite sure if Lewis was improving because he's pretty handy around here".

Hamilton said there were still humps along the way, but he had developed the "tools to handle and deal with them" and was now "in the best place I've ever been".

Red Bull's Pierre Gasly of France placed fifth while Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas of Finland starts sixth.

The pair's cars stayed apart but Hamilton's Mercedes almost hurtled into the near-side wall in an incident which left him fuming over team radio. The five second time penalty cost Vettel!

Hamilton, who similarly lost a win in Spa with a time penalty for cutting a corner in 2008, said: "That's not the way I wanted to win but I would've been past". "I love being in a fight with another team". We were swapping all the way. He pointedly noted that he had pressured Vettel into an error and would have taken the place had he not had to avoid the German as he returned to the racing line. "That would be fantastic".

Ferrari's straight-line speed advantage has been central to its strong performance so far this weekend, and Vettel says that gives him confidence for trying to turn pole position into victory.

The polesitter has won the last four Canadian Grand Prix races.

"We also avoid the red, soft tyre in the race because we managed to go through with the medium". The field is very tight.

"The older you get the more you understand the world and yourself". I don't think I ever said anything that would lead to that conclusion.

The Formula One championship leader, who topped the first practice but completed just eight laps in the second, had a routine error-free outing with his Finnish team mate following him on the timing charts. "These guys [Mercedes] will be very quick over the distance, but we'll try everything". "We have to keep working on the balance of the vehicle, the performance, to get more lap time out of it". That's how it is.

Kimi Raikkonen was outqualified by his Alfa Romeo team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi.

Haas' Kevin Magnussen hit the Wall of Champions, damaging his suspension and spinning across the track before slamming into the pitwall.

Although the vehicle couldn't be repaired, Magnussen remained in 10h place and Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing, who was on a flying lap that would have seen him move into the top 10 when the crash happened, was eliminated from Q3 and will start Sunday's race 11th on the grid.

It was worse for his teammate, Canadian Lance Stroll, who was knocked out in 18th for his home race, his 11th consecutive Q1 elimination.