Canadian Grand Prix qualifying: Sebastian Vettel smashes track record

Canadian Grand Prix qualifying: Sebastian Vettel smashes track record

So, great to carry momentum we've had in qualifying so far this year, even though the last race was a little bit less so.

"The meaning of Ferrari in this country is huge, with the history", said Vettel, a four time F1 champion when he raced for Red Bull Renault.

But Ferrari often start weekends slowly only to leap up the timing sheets on Saturday when it matters, and Vettel was only 0.272secs behind Verstappen's pace-setting lap.

"It was not the happiest of days for me", he said. The history. Gilles Villeneuve was the favourite driver of Enzo Ferrari and the character he brought to Formula One, to racing in general, is still alive today. You can see there's a lot of flags.

"He left a heritage for people who fell in love with motorsport back then, it's still them hanging around, and their kids and maybe their grandkids, I don't know!"

Lewis Hamilton admits a "messy" qualifying put paid to his hopes of claiming a record-equalling seventh Canadian GP pole - but the world championship leader believes all is not lost yet ahead of Sunday's race.

"We have the B-spec engine this weekend, the upgrade, and I think just configurating a few things on that, we're not necessarily aligned, so we just had to go through a little bit of trial and error". "It's great when you have a session like that".

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The Mercedes driver locked up on his final lap and was unable to move team-mate Valtteri Bottas out of second, while Max Verstappen pipped him to third as he continued a strong response to his woes in Monaco. "But as I said at the start, I am exhausted of these questions and if I get any more I am going to head-butt someone".

The Dutch driver has endured a hard start to the season after being involved in incidents at every race so far in the 2018 season.

Sauber's Marcus Ericsson also didn't make it out of Q1, he glanced the wall in Turn 9 and was lucky to not break something on the vehicle, as he continued on he almost collided with a Red Bull, narrowly avoiding contact.

"I think he's pretty headstrong; he won't let it get to him too much", said the Australian, who won in Monaco and now sits in third place, 38 points behind Hamilton, in the standings.

"It once again showed us that this is a championship where tiny details will make the difference in the end", he said.

"I think we looked quite competitive and it was a positive start to the weekend". The second Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo was sixth. "We've seen this year it's very close between the three teams and the six drivers so we'll see, but for sure if you start on pole you want to win".

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