Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Vettel takes Canadian GP pole with lap record

Vettel takes Canadian GP pole with lap record

"In practice things looked good and I think I could have been quickest in FP3, but in qualifying I couldn't quite hit the potential we had shown".

The Red Bull driver said at a news conference Thursday before the Canadian Grand Prix that he's exhausted of questions about the crash in Azerbaijan that also knocked out teammate Daniel Ricciardo, or the one in Monaco that sent him to the back of the grid.

German F1 driver Sebastian Vettel has claimed pole position at the Canadian Grand Prix with the fastest lap ever on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. "I'm exhausted of all the comments that I should change", he said. You can see there are a lot of flags. He left a heritage, so I think the people who fell in love with motorsport back then are still there, and their kids and grandchildren.

Vettel steered his Ferrari over the 4.36km track in 1 minute 10.764 seconds to deprive Briton Lewis Hamilton of a record seventh pole in Montreal.

Late in making his qualifying sims, the Australian was hampered by traffic but eventually managed to post a best time just 0.405s off his teammate's pace and good enough for third. "It's great when you have a session like that". When we got to qualifying, we knew it was going to be very close, as it was, but in my heart I really feel like we had the pace to lock out the front row, or I had the pace to be on the front row.

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.

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Mercedes found a "quality issue" with their upgraded engine, believed to be a tolerance that would have made the engine unlikely to last the seven races engines need to run this season.

But Ricciardo points to the fact that neither Mercedes driver used Pirelli's faster hypersoft tyre, the team electing to run on the harder compound instead because it has selected fewer sets of the pink-rimmed rubber than its rivals for the Canadian Grand Prix weekend.

"We all did that, four cars trying to let him past".

"On Friday the vehicle balance was great into [Turn] 10".

Daniel Ricciardo hopes to avoid the Canadian Grand Prix grid penalty Red Bull predicted he would be forced to serve this weekend.

"Yesterday, we were in a bit of trouble", Vettel said. "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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