Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Vettel takes Canadian GP pole with lap record

Vettel takes Canadian GP pole with lap record

"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".

It is the Italian team's first time on pole in Montreal since seven-time champion Michael Schumacher managed it in 2001.

"There will be times where it's probably going to be frustrating but at the end of the day I guess it's in his control".

In the 40th year since Gilles Villeneuve's victory at the Canadian Grand Prix, it is only fitting that a Ferrari will start at the front.

In a tight and intriguing contest between the three leading teams, Vettel clocked a best lap in a record one minute, 10.764 seconds to secure his 54th pole position and outpace nearest rival Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes and Max Verstappen. Yesterday we had a couple of small lock-ups but not a lot and as you continue to push the set-up there are areas that can be affected. We don't know what the other cars are doing, so we can not tell our driver "go right, go left".

"But I think on some tracks we can fight for a win and others we can fight for a podium, but when you want to challenge for a title you need to be there every single weekend and at the moment we are not at that place yet". After leading all three practice sessions, Red Bull driver Max Verstappen will start third, alongside Hamilton.

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Vettel is winless from the last four races but he is now in a strong position to ensure that does not extend to five rounds after edging out Bottas by just eight hundredths of a second. Fortunately the forecast looks good this year, with only partly cloudy skies predicted for both Saturday's qualifying and Sunday's race. "Starting on the softer tyre is a benefit as it's quite slippery on track and in the race I think we'll be competitive".

Hamilton leads Vettel by 14 points in the championship heading into the weekend, with Ricciardo third, 38 points off the lead.

The Red Bull has looked quick all weekend and Verstappen believes his vehicle will be better in the race especially as they are starting on the soft tyre.

Despite his hard start to the season, Verstappen is often praised for being one of the exciting drivers and prospects in Formula 1, with many believing he's a champion waiting for his chance. "I was a lot happier with the auto and I think we can carry that into the race".

And then a quick new track record for Vettel, knocking spots off the Mercedes with 1:10.776.

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