Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Vettel takes pole position at Canadian Grand Prix Qualifying

Vettel takes pole position at Canadian Grand Prix Qualifying

The Ferrari man started on pole and lead throughout around Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, where Hamilton had triumphed in each of the past three seasons.

"I need to look into it to see exactly what it is, but there was a good chunk of time there, definitely in that corner alone there was pole position for sure if I'd figured out how to fix it".

An opening-lap collision saw Brendon Hartley and home favourite Lance Stroll take their leave nearly immediately, while Fernando Alonso's 300th grand prix was not an occasion to celebrate as he, too, retired early. Stroll felt he had a puncture, lost control of his auto momentarily and that speared him into Hartley, squeezing the Kiwi up against the barrier.

Vettel wasn't happy about the number of cars on track unaware of the drivers approaching them on a flying lap. He and Ferrari executed their race to perfection, took the lead in the title race and have left Hamilton and Mercedes with much to consider before racing resumes in France in a fortnight. The reigning world champion reported a problem with power.

The world champion was struggling with engine temperatures in the first part of the race, which forced Mercedes into an earlier than planned pit stop for fresh tyres so they could add more cooling to the auto.

But the early stop unleashed Ricciardo's superior pace, and when the Australian emerged from the pits on the next lap ahead of the Briton to net fourth place.

Vettel, Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen ran very deep into the race.

Daniel Ricciardo was sixth fastest, lapping just two-hundredths of a second off Raikkonen. Meanwhile, Hamilton attacked Ricciardo until the chequered flag, but he didn't deal with traffic as well as Ricciardo and ultimately had to settle for fifth.

Behind the leading cars, Renault took a one-two finish in the "Class B" race, with Nico Hulkenberg leading home Sainz to claim seventh and eighth for the team.

Force India's Estaban Ocon took P9 while Sauber's young driver Charles LeClerc finished the top 10.

Fernando Alonso would have hoped to make Q3 in his 300th Grand Prix weekend, but he had to settle for P14 after finishing Q2 more than a second off the pace.

Williams may have had something to smile about when they won F1's Raft Race on Saturday evening, but fortunes reverted to 2018-type on Sunday, as local favourite Stroll retired on lap one and Sergey Sirotkin was the last of the classified runners.

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