Lewis Hamilton relieved to finish Canadian Grand Prix

  • Lewis Hamilton relieved to finish Canadian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton relieved to finish Canadian Grand Prix

Vettel says starting on the purple-wall tyres was a straightforward decision to make and hope it'll work out in his favour to win around Canada for the first time since 2013.

"I think we'll look back on this weekend and accept in hindsight it would have been nice if we had more time to prepare on the hypersoft but it wasn't the case", said Hamilton. You can see there's a lot of flags. I think they peaked a bit early, but majority are men so it might happen.

"It's 50 for me but after a long stretch that Ferrari didn't win here, I saw the people around and they were super happy". Her error meant the race was cut short by two laps, but did not affect the result.

But Vettel passed the Briton for a one-point lead in drivers standings.

"Today we're not the favourites", Vettel said. "It's great when you have a session like that".

Vettel improved to a 1m 10.764s with his final hot lap to claim pole position, his 54th in F1, with Bottas securing a front row start alongside him.

Max Verstappen, who was quickest in all three pre-qualifying practice sessions, placed third and will start in the second row next to Hamilton, whose run of three straight Canadian poles ended.

One and done Lance Stroll and Brendon Hartley's races lasted about five corners of the first lap.

His engine was six races old but Hamilton would have expected better. The Briton has won the last three on the track that seems to suit the Mercedes auto with its heavy braking after long straightaways and tight chicanes.

The Red Bull vehicle has tended to be kinder on its tyres this season than either the Mercedes or Ferrari, paving the way for Verstappen and team-mate Daniel Ricciardo to start on a tyre their rivals are set to avoid altogether during Sunday's race.

"We're happy that we qualified on the UltraSoft tyre in Q2, I think it's the right choice for our auto".

Vettel has now opened up the race for the Drivers' Championship title, but can he extend his slender lead in the coming weeks?

Montreal had been a Mercedes stronghold in the current hybrid engine era but Wolff accepts Ferrari simply had a "stronger car" this weekend and that past success counts for little this season.

"It was just a hard session". I wasn't really happy with the auto.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was sixth, and said it had been a boring race, with Renault's Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz seventh and eighth.

"We got pole today for a reason", said Vettel. "I wasn't really happy with the vehicle, we had some problems and I just couldn't get the rhythm", said Vettel, who can take his 50th F1 victory Sunday.