Pole Sitter Vettel Says ‘I could have been even faster’ in Qualifying

  • Pole Sitter Vettel Says ‘I could have been even faster’ in Qualifying

Pole Sitter Vettel Says ‘I could have been even faster’ in Qualifying

Sebastian Vettel swept to an imperious victory at the Canadian Grand Prix in a class of his own.

I was there when Hamilton won his first race on this track - and I'd like to see him eventually break Michael Schumacher's record of seven titles in Montreal.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen put in an excellent lap to place third, ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen.

Stroll and Hartley's coming together saw the safety vehicle deployed but that was the extent of the drama.

It was enough for Vettel to leap over Hamilton to reclaim the lead in the drivers' championship by a single point, but it wasn't enough to produce much in the way of competition. "Normally on some tracks we were dominant and others we struggled, but somehow this year the margins have become so tight that if you look at the fastest laps of the race it's five cars within a tenth". Mercedes was very quick, but I think we are not too far away.

"Today we switched on".

Vettel ended Q1 on top ahead of the Finn with Hamilton third, but it was tense for McLaren as twice former champion Fernando Alonso squeezed into Q2 at the end in 14th place ahead of team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne. Grosjean will likely start the race at the back of the grid.

"I think it was just a combination of things", he admitted.

Vettel, who stuck his Ferrari vehicle on pole position with a stunning performance in qualifying by breaking the lap record with a 1:10.764, will be starting on the ultrasoft compound and said it never crossed their mind to think otherwise.

"Our auto wasn't good enough, so I won't get too upset".

The Spaniard now turns his attentions to the Le Mans 24 Hours race with Toyota next weekend.

Behind the leaders, there was chaos when Williams's Canadian Lance Stroll squeezed Toro Rosso's Brendon Hartley into the wall. "Gilles Villeneuve, the favourite driver of Enzo Ferrari".

There was joy for both Force India drivers, though, as they both made it to Q3 for the second race running, so Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez will start either side of ninth-placed Carlos Sainz. "We need to keep applying the pressure, we didn't this weekend but I'm really going to make sure we come back stronger at the next race".

"It's unfortunate, I had a good start", said Stroll. Even given the new engine Vettel had the pace of the field and managed his one-stop race untroubled to the flag.