Vettel takes pole, sets lap record in Montreal

Canadian Grand Prix - Strategy guide

Canadian Grand Prix - Strategy guide

"I quickly saw that it was going to be hard to take pole position but you always do your best and try to get the best out of the vehicle".

"I think if I get a few more I'll head-butt someone", he said, only slowly allowing a faint grin.

In the 40th year since Gilles Villeneuve's victory at the Canadian Grand Prix, it is only fitting that a Ferrari will start at the front.

Red Bull continued to suffer from lack of speed down the straights as they tried to put the pressure on Ferrari, but Vettel finished the session by knocking 12 milliseconds off his own best time.

After clinching his fourth pole position of the season, Vettel was delighted with the response after a tough Friday practice in Canada. "For sure it's a good side effect".

"Today was a good day, the vehicle is working very well".

The Canadian Grand Prix typically promises action, and Lance Stroll in his home race got proceedings off to a dramatic start, oversteering out of Turn 5 and into an unwitting Brendon Hartley, sandwiching him against the barrier.

Esteban Ocon, who was ahead of both Renaults early in the race, was the first auto to make a scheduled pitstop, and he lost out to Hulkenberg and Sainz having been holding them up before he suffered a slow pitstop, which relegated him to ninth. The race stewards judged it to be a racing incident, with no driver at fault.

Despite failing to carry over his pace from practice into qualifying, Verstappen has high hopes Red Bull will be just as strong in race trim versus Ferrari and Mercedes.

The second Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo claimed fourth place, taking advantage of difficulties for Hamilton early in the race to jump the Mercedes during the pitstops.

Ferrari was the first to pull the trigger, stopping Raikkonen on Lap 33.

Valtteri Bottas was second fastest for Mercedes, but was unable to improve on his first-run lap having lost time in the first and second sectors. I wasn't really happy with the vehicle, we had some problems and I couldn't get the rhythm.

"Since Lap 1 really seemed to be a bit quicker all the time and they could kind of control the race", he said.

Kimi Raikkonen says a surprise bout of understeer was to blame for his mistake on his final push lap during qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix.

Renault's Nico Hulkenberg took seventh place ahead of Force India's Esteban Ocon.

His engine was six races old but Hamilton would have expected better.

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