Sebastian Vettel 'surprised' by one Red Bull decision during Canadian GP qualifying

Sebastian Vettel 'surprised' by one Red Bull decision during Canadian GP qualifying

Vettel's best lap time of one minute 10.776 seconds bested the record of 1:11.459 set previous year by Mercedes ace Lewis Hamilton.

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. But the number that will matter to Vettel is the one-point advantage he leaves Canada with.

Again, Kimi Raikkonen led the Ferrari charge in second place, but Monaco victor Daniel Ricciardo, who missed a large chunk of FP2 as mechanics rushed to fix a mechanical problem, was able to end the day third.

"It was a good race", he enthused. Mercedes were also due to bring a new engine but put it back to the next round in France after concern over quality issues and the Scuderia were able to make the most of their advantage.

And then taking a sweet victory and winning the Canadian GP for the first time since Schumacher did so in 2004. Finally returning to the top step is significant in indicating that they will take the fight to their rivals on the majority of tracks.

It was a strong result for Bottas, who made himself the leading Mercedes driver for the weekend thanks to his better feeling for Pirelli's softest tires, but he lamented that his vehicle didn't have the pace to challenge for more. He converted his storming run for pole into victory with absolute precision.

The world champion was struggling with engine temperatures in the first part of the race, which forced Mercedes into an earlier than planned pit stop for fresh tyres so they could add more cooling to the vehicle. These facts meant achieving pole was more special than usual for the four-time champion.

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Hamilton, who had a hard weekend, was unable to find the performance he wanted.

"I think we have a really good vehicle".

After leading all three practice sessions in the build-up, Max Verstappen had to produce an excellent lap just to claim third for the German's former team, beating Lewis Hamilton in the process.

His engine was six races old but Hamilton would have expected better. Constantly today going into that corner I was struggling to get the vehicle stopped, be it front locking or rear locking, so it was quite messy.

Which was of no concern to Vettel who led the train from lights to flag. Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull have dominated the field this season.

Kimi Raikkonen ended the race in P6 while the Renault team Nico Hulkenburg and Carlos Sainz took P7 and P8 respectively.

Sauber driver Charles Leclerc was 13th, with McLaren duo Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne never looking like a Q3 threat and ending up 14th and 15th - separated by just 0.009s.

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