Vettel and Raikkonen subdued after hard day for Ferrari

Vettel and Raikkonen subdued after hard day for Ferrari

Vettel and Raikkonen subdued after hard day for Ferrari

Right behind him will be Vettel, who took a first Canadian pole position for Ferrari since seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher in 2001.

"The vehicle was incredible in qualifying and it just kept getting quicker", said Vettel, whose Ferrari team were using new engines.

TOP TEN: Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), Max Verstappen (Red Bull), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari), Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull), Nico Hulkenberg (Renault), Esteban Ocon (Force India), Carlos Sainz (Renault), Sergio Perez (Force India).

Sebastian Vettel gave Ferrari pole position on Saturday with a record lap in qualifying on the track now named Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Hamilton tops the championship leaderboard as he pursues his fifth Formula One title. "But in qualifying I couldn't quite hit the potential we had shown". "The vehicle was working well, but we are still lacking a bit of top speed and you could see that in the long runs".

'Of course the beginning of the year so far, it hasn't been going that well and not in the way that I liked it. It would be much more of a problem if I would be really slow, because that is a critical problem.' When pushed further to explain why he had crashed so much this year, Verstappen replied: 'Like I said I get a bit exhausted of all the questions. We knew in Q3 it would be a bit harder for us but to be still so close was good.

A smoking start to qualifying as Romain Grosjean's Haas started off by spewing oil all over the place, resulting in a massive cloud all over the pit lane.

Once the main teams emerged, Vettel was soon quickest for Ferrari before swapping fastest laps with Raikkonen as the Mercedes men struggled to keep pace.

It was a strong result for Bottas, who made himself the leading Mercedes driver for the weekend thanks to his better feeling for Pirelli's softest tires, but he lamented that his auto didn't have the pace to challenge for more. The The Red Bulls will be the ones to look out for at the start.

"For me, it was pretty straightforward, and in terms of strategy, we did what we wanted to do".

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.

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