Canadian F1 Grand Prix 2018 Qualifying: Saturday's Results, Times, Final Grid

  • Canadian F1 Grand Prix 2018 Qualifying: Saturday's Results, Times, Final Grid

Canadian F1 Grand Prix 2018 Qualifying: Saturday's Results, Times, Final Grid

Lewis Hamilton accepts Mercedes have "fallen back" in F1's pecking order over the last month but retains absolute faith that their 2018 vehicle can take him to a fifth world title.

Cue some serious work overnight, both in Montreal and at Ferrari's Maranello base with reserve driver Antonio Giovinazzi putting in the miles in the simulator.

Asked after the race if he felt any consolation in seeing Hamilton's team-mate Finn Valtteri Bottas come home second, Wolff said: "No, not at all..."

"I honestly think - and we do as a team - that if we would have chosen one or two sets more of the hypers, potentially we could have extracted a tiny bit more out of those in qualifying because it was quite limited running for us". We definitely need it and we are going to get for the next race so that's good.

"I was just anxious, I told them on the last lap, so people don't jump on the track, waving flags and celebrating, because we are still going at full pace". "But I love the idea, that's why I said yes even though I was pushing like fudge to get them in". He now drops a point behind Vettel in the championship standings.

The race began in near-perfect conditions with an air temperature of 20 degrees Celsius and the track at 45 as the lights went out.

The only driver to make progress in top six was Daniel Ricciardo as the Australian stayed out a lap longer than Hamilton with the combination of a fast lap time and a mistake by the Briton exiting the pits allowing the Red Bull up to fourth.

It was left to Bottas to chase Vettel, who made a clean getaway from the start, with Verstappen nearly passing the Finn before the order settled down.

2018 Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix
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"Ferrari ultimately have had a slightly better package".

Given the potential for unpredictability in Formula One and engine reliability likely to become more of a factor come the business end of the season, Hamilton was aware of the importance of getting his vehicle home to the finish.

Frenchman Esteban Ocon was ninth for Force India with Monaco's Charles Leclerc taking the final point for Sauber.

New Zealander Brendon Hartley will start in 12th for Toro Rosso.

The race was over for both drivers and Hartley was taken to hospital though fortunately was given the all clear from doctors.

"I am still here to win, I still believe we can win", Hamilton said.

Ted reviews the 2018 Canadian GP at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

McLaren's Fernando Alonso chalked up 300 career grands prix but the Spaniard had little to celebrate as the two-time world champion's day came to an early end, his McLaren coasting to a stop midway through the race with a mechanical failure.