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Vettel takes pole in Canada after Hamilton's error

June 23 2018, 04:41 | Van Peters

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Vettel admitted after qualifying he was "a passenger" during practice but says it felt "more natural" while driving his Ferrari in qualifying.

But Ferrari often start weekends slowly only to leap up the timing sheets on Saturday when it matters, and Vettel was only 0.272secs behind Verstappen's pace-setting lap.

"There will be times where it's probably going to be frustrating but at the end of the day I guess it's in his control".

Lewis Hamilton will join the Dutchman on the second row in fourth place after locking his brakes at the hairpin on both runs in Q3, which meant he lost time down the back straight.

Not only was it Ferrari's first pole in Canada since 2001, this weekend's race marks the 40th anniversary of the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal - with the inaugural race being won by Ferrari legend and the driver the circuit is named after, Gilles Villeneuve.

In a tight and intriguing contest between the three leading teams, Vettel clocked a best lap in a record one minute, 10.764 seconds to secure his 54th pole position and outpace nearest rival Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes and Max Verstappen. Thanks to the team; thanks for fixing the auto yesterday after I hit the wall a little bit. "The auto was working well, but we are still lacking a bit of top speed and you could see that in the long runs. I think we can do a good job".

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"I think we looked quite competitive and it was a positive start to the weekend".

"I was very happy with the last qualifying lap, very happy with my first lap. But for sure qualifying is not as important as Sunday so we've got to go well then too".

Hamilton leads Vettel by 14 points in the championship heading into the weekend, with Ricciardo third, 38 points off the lead. When we got to qualifying, we knew it was going to be very close, as it was, but in my heart I really feel like we had the pace to lock out the front row, or I had the pace to be on the front row.

When asked if he felt Red Bull had the pace for pole after seeing teammate Daniel Ricciardo go quickest in Q2, he said: "I knew we had a good auto, but I wanted to wait and see how competitive we would be in Q3".

It's hard not to feel some sympathy for Max Verstappen as he works through a turbulent period of his Formula 1 career.

It was clearly a strategic scrap as the teams were aiming to use the tyres in Q2 that would suit them best to start the race.

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