Vettel beats Bottas & Verstappen to Montreal pole – Qualifying Report

Ferrari take first Canadian GP pole since 2001

Canadian Grand Prix – Sebastian Vettel’s aim to reclaim the lead in the drivers’ championship were boosted by the four-time champion securing his 54th career pole position at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

In a tightly-contested qualifying hour, Vettel’s lap record of 1:10.764 edged Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas by less than one tenth of a second.

The Finn was able to record only the second occasion where Lewis Hamilton has been beaten by a team-mate in a Canadian Grand Prix qualifying session.

Untidy lap times from Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen opened the door for Red Bull’s Max Verstappen to take third place on the grid, with the Dutchman aiming to complete a clean weekend.

Hamilton and Raikkonen line-up fourth and fifth, whilst Daniel Ricciardo occupies sixth place on the grid. However, it remains to be seen if Red Bull elect to take a grid penalty for an MGU-K change.

In what should be a tactical race, Red Bull completed Q2 on the hypersoft tyres, whilst both Ferrari and Mercedes progressed to Q3 on ultrasoft tyres, meaning they will start on those tyres in tomorrow’s race.

Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg finished the session as the best of the midfield, beating the two Force India’s of Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez and team-mate Carlos Sainz in Q3.

Romain Grosjean was an early casualty from qualifying; his Haas failed to leave the pit lane after initially setting off with a plume of smoke coming from the back of the VF-18.

A continuation of his poor fortune means he will start the race from the back of the grid.

To view the full results of the session, click here.

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Luke Murphy

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