Vettel takes Canadian GP pole with lap record

Vettel takes Canadian GP pole with lap record

Vettel takes Canadian GP pole with lap record

Mercedes was very quick, but I think we are not too far away. It feels like there are no better questions out there than keep asking me about what happened in the previous weekend.

Lance Stroll of Montreal, the first Canadian to race in F1 since Jacques Villeneuve left in 2006, qualified 17th as his Williams team's struggles continued.

Even in a week as rich in sporting spectacle as any you will see - from Alexander Ovechkin finally winning a Stanley Cup and then celebrating with fans in a Washington fountain, to Justify winning the Triple Crown, to Rafael Nadal taking his 11th title at Roland Garros and Simona Halep winning her first - a Formula One race is a scene to match any on the planet.

Vettel converted pole position into a lead at the first corner and was never headed as he kept Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas at arm's length throughout the race.

In the final five laps, Hamilton pushed Ricciardo hard in the battle for fourth but the Australian - victor at Monaco last time out - just held on with the four-time world champion forced to relinquish his standings lead as he recorded his lowest placing of the season.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Mercedes ace Lewis Hamilton, who ended a run of three straight Canadian poles, were third and fourth respectively. The Briton has won the last three on the track that seems to suit the Mercedes auto with its heavy braking after long straightaways and tight chicanes.

Hamilton retains a slim lead over Vettel in driver standings and will likely challenge the German when racing begins in earnest.

"I think Ferrari have had a slightly better package all round, they've been doing a slightly better job so we've got to do more".

From pre-season testing, through Monaco and right up to yesterday morning, Mercedes have steadfastly avoided using the hypersoft tyre introduced by Pirelli this season.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, the 2014 Canadian GP victor, is coming off a victory two weeks ago in Monaco. We learned a bit and I know the direction I want to go set-up wise.

Daniel Ricciardo was sixth fastest, lapping just two-hundredths of a second off Raikkonen.

"Our goal is to finish every single race so I'm hoping for the reliability and I can try and make the difference on the track with my driving".

Vettel sees another chance to honour the memory of Gilles Villeneuve, who died in a crash at the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix, with a Ferrari win.

"Today we switched on". "I think it's the right choice for our vehicle".

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