Sebastian Vettel bags Ferrari's first Canada pole since 2001

Sebastian Vettel bags Ferrari's first Canada pole since 2001

Sebastian Vettel bags Ferrari's first Canada pole since 2001

Vettel trails Hamilton - a six-time victor in Canada - by 14 points in the drivers' standings, but his title rival will start down in fourth, behind Verstappen but ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Ricciardo.

Villeneuve drove for Ferrari for five years, claiming six victories, before he was tragically killed in qualifying for the 1982 Belgian GP, and Vettel savoured claiming the Scuderia's first pole in Montreal since 2001.

"Yesterday was really hard but being on pole here with Ferrari means something extra".

"I'm not a bookmaker but I think my [victory chances] are pretty good". Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, the meaning of Gilles for Ferrari is huge. Leclerc once again obliterated teammate Marcus Ericsson and beat both McLarens for good measure, while Hartley - a man under pressure to keep his race seat - finished just shy of a place in the top-ten shootout. "For now we've still got enough parts to run. It's great when you have a session like that". "Today I was a lot happier with the vehicle and I think we can carry that into the race", Vettel said.

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.

The Dutchman's litany of misjudgments means that with less than a third of the season gone, he already trails championship leader Lewis Hamiton by 75 points.

Red Bull have chosen to start the race on the fastest but most fragile "hyper-soft" tyre, while both Mercedes and Ferrari chose to go through second qualifying, which defines the race-start tyre, on the more durable ultra-soft. It's a long race and a lot of laps, a lot of things to look out for so we will see.

The young Dutchman clocked the best time of the day in the afternoon session, one minute, 12.198 seconds, ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull team mate and Monaco Grand Prix victor Daniel Ricciardo. We were just trying to figure everything out. Maybe in the first half of the circuit a bit more.

"Even after Monaco we spoke quite a bit after the race, even Monday we spoke a little bit".

"I don't think it was anything to do with the engine".

In the morning, Latifi ran 28 laps, with 1:17.145 his best.

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