Vettel takes pole position at Canadian Grand Prix Qualifying

Vettel takes pole position at Canadian Grand Prix Qualifying

I think we need a little bit of time to understand the full picture but as I said I'm not yet happy with the auto.

Today I think we had a couple of small lock ups, but as you continue to push the setup there are areas that can be affected.

Vettel won the pole position with a course-record time of one minute, 10.776 seconds around the 4.361-kilometre Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, thrilling the Ferrari fanatics - the vast majority of whom can only dream about owning one of the company's fancy sports cars.

Hamilton's title rival and fellow four-time champion Sebastian Vettel took his 54th career pole to put Ferrari on top in qualifying in Canada for the first time since 2001.

Kimi Raikkonen had been third after the first runs in Q3, but ran wide onto the grass exiting Turn 2 on his second set of hypersofts and was forced to abort the lap.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo, victorious in Monaco two weeks ago, was sixth in the second Red Bull as his team-mate Verstappen, who had been fastest throughout practice, continued to deliver a ideal riposte to his critics.

Having threatened to "head-butt" someone on Thursday after getting irritated by persistent questions about his many crashes this year, Verstappen was satisfied with his qualifying run.

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"We extracted the best we could out of qualifying". The auto is working well and we're just missing out on top speed. "I am one of the best to have raced in F1", the Spaniard mused earlier this week.

The crowds in Montreal saw the fastest ever laps on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, and the Mercedes garage were not happy to be outstripped for speed.

"I think it was just a combination of things", he admitted. It's often the best race of the year.

Once the main teams emerged, Vettel was soon quickest for Ferrari before swapping fastest laps with Raikkonen as the Mercedes men struggled to keep pace.

Hamilton started fourth but dropped back to finish fifth and is a point behind Vettel at the one-third point of the season.

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. Vettel did attempt a lap on the Hypersoft tyres in the final moments, but aborted his lap after suffering heavy traffic at the end of the lap.

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