Vettel claims pole for Canadian Grand Prix

In addition to three DRS zones there have been a number of changes to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix

In addition to three DRS zones there have been a number of changes to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix

"Gilles Villeneuve, the favourite driver of Enzo Ferrari".

Vettel powered his Ferrari around the 4.361-kilometre Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in one minute 10.776 seconds.

Verstappen's teammate, Australian Daniel Ricciardo, ran third in practice, with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen between them. That was 0.088 seconds faster than defending champion Lewis Hamilton in his Mercedes. "We improved during the day, but it was not easy and we have had easier days than this!"

Hamilton, on supersofts, was half a second slower than pace-setter Max Verstappen on hypersofts and, asked if the gap to the Red Bull was "big" in reality, the Englishman replied: "Yes, I believe so, but we'll find out tomorrow". "Yesterday we were in trouble in practice as I wasn't really happy with the auto because we had some problems and I couldn't get the rhythm".

He added: "I get really exhausted of all the comments saying I should change my approach".

Hamilton will start from behind the front-row in Montreal for the first time in seven years. Yesterday was very hard, but today it switched on. "The vehicle was working well".

Cape Town - Lewis Hamilton can make history this evening as he fights for his seventh Canadian GP victory, and the honour of being only the second driver to claim more than six wins at a single event.

Vettel is in his 12th season of F1 and long established as one of the sport's most successful drivers thanks to four world titles in a row between 2010 and 2013 plus 49 race wins, two of which have come this season.

Verstappen has failed to finish in two of the six races this season with a best result of third in Spain last month. But I just struggled in the session and couldn't pull it through.

Alonso has said he expected a "tough" weekend for McLaren, but reckoned a "little bit of drama" and some changing weather conditions would open a few opportunities. "We're laughing about it because at one point that's the only thing you've got to do". "I don't know", he said when asked why he had had so many accidents.

It was a rough day for Renault, which saw Nico Hulkenberg fail to post a flying lap in the first session because of a gearbox problem and then run 14th in the afternoon. The circuit, a layout of fast straights broken up by quick chicanes and hemmed in by concrete barriers, has tended to play to the horsepower advantage of their vehicle. On Saturday, he hit an animal that had wandered onto the track and damaged his nose cone. Sauber's Marcus Ericsson also had a spin that left him facing the wrong way on the track, but he straightened out and resumed.

Stroll also had a mishap in the morning session as his back right tire clipped the infamous Wall of Champions on the final turn, causing a puncture. He is hoping to build on last year's appearance at his hometown track, when as a rookie he earned the first points of his Formula One career.

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