Sebastian Vettel takes Montreal pole, Lewis Hamilton only fourth


"I think we have a really good auto".

Vettel's lap record ensured the Ferrari driver a start from pole position in Canada.

"We are not there yet and we need a little more time to get it all together, but I expect we will be there tomorrow (Saturday for qualifying)".

Vettel won his fourth Canadian Grand Prix pole. "I'm a bit surprised that both of the Red Bulls chose that, but I guess they have their reasons". You can see there are a lot of flags.

Bottas fought off the fast-starting Verstappen to retain second, moments before the race was neutralised when Toro Rosso's Brendon Hartley and Williams' Lance Stroll collided spectacularly.

His latest practice crash in Monaco put Verstappen at the back of the grid, and left him facing calls from Red Bull team boss Christian Horner to rethink his approach.

Hamilton, who leads Vettel by 14 points in the standings, was seeking to equal Schumacher's record of seven wins in Canada this weekend, but his run of supremacy - three straight wins at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve - looks likely to end on Sunday.

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"It was a good race", he enthused.

TOP TEN: Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), Max Verstappen (Red Bull), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari), Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull), Nico Hulkenberg (Renault), Esteban Ocon (Force India), Carlos Sainz (Renault), Sergio Perez (Force India). We still got everything out of the day we needed but we were compromised a bit for pace.

"We knew that, in general, we're lacking power, so we just try to compensate with that", said Verstappen.

The other ace up Red Bull's sleeve will be at the start when the hyper-soft compound should offer better traction off the line.

"Yesterday the vehicle balance was great into Turn Ten", he continued, "and usually the last sector is my strongest at this track, but I was just struggling with massive bumps into Turn Ten".

He then shaved 0.012 seconds off that time on his second run using the hypersoft Pirellis to make sure of pole position. "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".

Lewis Hamilton complained of intermittent power loss from fourth place, and with Daniel Ricciardo - who had jumped Kimi Raikkonen for fifth, bearing down on him, the Mercedes driver was recalled to the pits for an early tire change and to add some cooling to the auto. "It will be very close again".