Canadian Grand Prix qualifying: Sebastian Vettel smashes track record

Canadian Grand Prix - Strategy guide

Canadian Grand Prix - Strategy guide

Sebastian Vettel says he was very happy to secure pole position ahead of tomorrow's Canadian Grand Prix, but the German believed he could have gone even faster than he did.

Villeneuve, from Berthierville, Que., claimed his first Formula One victory on what was then called Circuit Ile Notre-Dame in 1978 in a Ferrari.

"We extracted the best we could out of qualifying", Verstappen said. "To have a race like we had today is unbelievable".

"We think it's a good tyre for us, and in the long run [in practice] I felt good on it", he explained. I'm sure there was more to come today, and the end result is not what we were looking for.

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

"It's just been a hard day", he said after unexpectedly being out-qualified by team-mate Bottas.

"It was a bit different, it was a bit mixed today so I'm not entirely happy with the feel inside the vehicle yet".

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The Canadian Grand Prix typically promises action, and Lance Stroll in his home race got proceedings off to a dramatic start, oversteering out of Turn 5 and into an unwitting Brendon Hartley, sandwiching him against the barrier. 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.

A steward's investigation found neither driver at fault.

It took four laps of caution behind the safety vehicle for the debris to be cleared, and once the race resumed, Vettel sprinted away with the lead, and with drivers keen to maximize tire life, the field spread out behind him.

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.

Ferrari was the first to pull the trigger, stopping Raikkonen on Lap 33.

Valtteri Bottas was second fastest for Mercedes, but was unable to improve on his first-run lap having lost time in the first and second sectors.

Driver of the race: Sebastian Vettel looked completely in control from the moment the lights went out, but we're going to give this to a man who may one day be his teammate - Charles Lecerc scored another point for Sauber, managing a significant brake issue in the closing stages at one of the toughest circuits for braking on the calendar.

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