Vettel takes pole, sets lap record in Montreal

Sebastian Vettel swept to an imperious victory at the Canadian Grand Prix in a class of his own. It's Vettel's fourth pole on the Ile Notre-Dame, and his first since 2013.

"Today we're not the favourites", Vettel said.

"Today we switched on. I'm sure they had a blast. Grazie alla squadra".

The German left the field in his wake at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and crucially his world championship rival Lewis Hamilton could not mount any challenge to the Ferrari. Every single lap I was kind of on the edge just waiting for the power to drop away and disappear.

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

New Zealander Brendon Hartley will start in 12th for Toro Rosso. Both cars were badly damaged but the drivers escaped uninjured. The race stewards judged it to be a racing incident, with no driver at fault.

Having clocked banker laps, they switched to "hyper-softs" on which Vettel was slowed by heavy traffic as Ricciardo topped Verstappen with a new track record lap of 1:11.434.

Max Verstappen says Red Bull tried everything to "compensate" for its lack of engine power in qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix but is optimistic it has a vehicle capable of fighting for victory on Sunday.

Despite failing to carry over his pace from practice into qualifying, Verstappen has high hopes Red Bull will be just as strong in race trim versus Ferrari and Mercedes.

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.

He retired in Azerbaijan after a collision with Ricciardo and in China he tangled with Hamilton and Vettel, finishing fifth after a 10-second penalty demoted him from fourth, while Ricciardo won the race.

"Since Lap 1 really seemed to be a bit quicker all the time and they could kind of control the race", he said.

After securing third on the grid for Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix Max Verstappen referenced the criticism which has followed him throughout 2018 so far. It's often the best race of the year.

Renault teammates Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz finished seventh and eighth ahead of Force India's Esteban Ocon in ninth, with Sauber's Charles Leclerc scoring the final point in 10th.

  • Stacy Allen