Why Mercedes is the real Canada favourite - F1

"I think if I get any more I might headbutt someone".

Vettel was delighted with his lap, which was Ferrari's first pole in Canada since 2001. "I'm happy for them".

In a closely-fought qualifying session amongst the top three teams, Vettel rose above the parapet to clinch his 54th pole position, beating Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas to the top spot by less than a tenth of a second.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen, under pressure to clean up his act after a string of crashes and costly errors, has clocked the fastest time in both free practice sessions for the Canadian Grand Prix. 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.

After a strong weekend, Max Verstappen was unable to replicate his pace from the previous three practice sessions and had to settle for the third row on the grid, his lap however still impressive.

Vettel, meanwhile, was forced to miss the start of FP2 after lengthy set-up changes were made to his auto, and he conceded that Ferrari have work to do ahead of qualifying.

Sebastian Vettel says building his confidence after a scrappy Friday was the key to securing his first pole position at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve since 2013. The auto all weekend has been really strong, every session we made progress with the vehicle and I'm feeling confident on the track.

"We extracted the best we could out of qualifying".

Grosjean's qualifying lasted only a few seconds. On a track like this when you have to attack kerbs so much it's important you feel at home and have confidence to play around and I think then you can extract a bit more from the auto.

Hamilton tops the championship leaderboard as he pursues his fifth Formula One title.

Red Bull's decision to lock themselves in to starting the race on the fast but brittle hypersoft after running the compound on both their cars in Q2 throws a curveball in to Sunday's opening stint given both Ferrari and Mercedes are starting on a harder compound, the ultrasoft. "I was a lot happier with the vehicle and I think we can carry that into the race".

Renault's Nico Hulkenberg has got back in the groove of qualifying in seventh place for the race, he is joined on the fourth row by Force India's Esteban Ocon.

Mercedes were first out in Q3 and smashed the records, Bottas topping Hamilton in 1:10.857 before Vettel beat that.


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