Vettel takes pole, sets lap record in Montreal

Jun 11, 2018, 10:53
Vettel takes pole, sets lap record in Montreal

Reigning World Champion Lewis Hamilton said he was anxious throughout the duration of the Canadian Grand Prix that his engine would fail, as he relinquished the points lead to Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel says starting on the purple-wall tyres was a straightforward decision to make and hope it'll work out in his favour to win around Canada for the first time since 2013. From the number of red flags with the prancing pony logo, the Italian squad remains the clear favourite in the grandstands.

It was also the 50th career victory for the 30-year-old, who was a four-time Formula One champion in his days at Red Bull Renault.

"I think this is a major wake-up call for every member of the team", he said.

"I even watched on TV and it said 'final lap.' I asked and they said 'keep pushing.' I was a bit confused". "I was just anxious that people don't jump on the track and start celebrating".

Before the race on Sunday, the auto Villeneuve used in 1978 will be driven by his 47-year-old son Jacques, the 1997 world champion, to lead the ceremonial parade lap.

Sebastian Vettel was pretty happy with his effort to take pole in Montreal - a lap record at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. "It's great when you have a session like that".

The Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas will also start in the front row.

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.

Stroll, 19, was in is second Canadian GP.

Canadian model Winnie Harlow blamed race officials for telling her the wrong time to wave the flag.

The semi-permanent track combines long straights with tight chicanes and each team sets up their vehicle to maximize straight line speed, although the cars also need to deliver a good ride over the relatively tall curbs.

Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes was second followed by the Red Bulls' Max Verstappen and Daniel Riciardo, the victor two weeks ago in Monaco. I was anxious. I told them on the last lap so that people don't jump on the track, waving flags and celebrating, because we're still going at full pace.

Hamilton ultimately came home in fifth position, having lost out through the pit stop phase to Daniel Ricciardo, but expressed relief at reaching the chequered flag. He and Ferrari executed their race to perfection, took the lead in the title race and have left Hamilton and Mercedes with much to consider before racing resumes in France in a fortnight.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, the 2014 Canadian GP victor, is coming off a victory two weeks ago in Monaco.

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