Vettel takes pole ahead of Hamilton in Canada

Oscar Cross
June 10, 2019

Vettel, who won from pole position past year in Canada to revive Ferrari's title hopes, will be hoping for the same on Sunday with world championship leader Hamilton, chasing a record equalling seventh win in Montreal, starting alongside him.

Poleman Sebastian Vettel says Ferrari will require nothing short of a "perfect race" to trounce the mighty Mercedes squad in Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix.

Hamilton was fastest in Friday's early practice, but damaged his auto when he hit the wall in the afternoon.

Afterward, the Ferrari driver, who hadn't won a pole in the past 17 races, explained his enthusiasm. "We need to look at our options for overtaking cars tomorrow".

But the German, who trails Hamilton 45 points in the championship standings, said he wasn't convinced his single-lap pace would translate over a race distance. "The steps we took from FP1 (free practice) to FP2 have been very good".

"You can not compare this time with 20 or 30 years ago when Nelson Piquet and Nigel Mansell or whoever collapsed after a race", Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost said on Friday.

"The whole of Maranello is throwing everything at it to try and give us a better auto and make it better races to come".

"I don't particularly feel disappointment, I think I gave it everything we could", he said.

"There are some ideas to improve where we are and they sound quite promising so I am optimistic but the real proof the only proof is the stop watch".

The 20-year-old was forced to retire from the practice session earlier when the back of his auto erupted in flames due to a hydraulic fluid leak. Lewis Hamilton is already the most successful driver there, having won six times. "It's very bumpy, it's very tight".

Still convinced he was the worthy victor in Montreal, Vettel even took a step up to the No 1 position on the podium as he continued to feel aggrieved at missing out on his first race victory of the season.

Canadian Lance Stroll was forced to retire from the practice session in his hometown before he could complete a lap.

Vettel's Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc claimed third place on the grid.

"This will make Canada a huge challenge for us as the track characteristics could favour our opponents".

"The guys and girls in the garage did a great job to fit the new power unit in time for qualifying, but I just felt on the back foot going into the session", he said.

Bottas edged out the Red Bulls of Dutchman Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly of France.

Stroll's Racing Point teammate Sergio Perez of Mexico was also knocked out at Q1, alongside Alfa Romeo's Kimi Raikkonen, who was eliminated in the first round of qualifying for the first time since 2015.

He will start Sunday's race in 11th position.

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