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

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New Zealand driver Brendon Hartley crashed out early driving for Toro Rosso after he was invloved in a collision with Williams driver Lance Stroll in the opening lap of the race.

Sebastian Vettel says building his confidence after a scrappy Friday was the key to securing his first pole position at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve since 2013.

The Ferrari and Mercedes drivers will start the race on the ultrasoft Pirellis, having used that compound to set their fastest times in Q2, with Red Bull and the rest of the top 10 using hypersofts.

Stroll and Hartley's coming together saw the safety vehicle deployed but that was the extent of the drama. It was rounded off by an exhaust issue which forced the team to retire his auto. At the restart, Vettel had no trouble keeping Bottas and the hypersoft-tyred Verstappen at bay and promptly proceeded to pull out a gap. The reigning world champion reported a problem with power.

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Vettel, Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen ran very deep into the race.

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"It kept dropping and coming back and dropping again".

But the Finn ran wide exiting Turn 1 and his challenge evaporated. Meanwhile, Hamilton attacked Ricciardo until the chequered flag, but he didn't deal with traffic as well as Ricciardo and ultimately had to settle for fifth.

Renault teammates Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz finished seventh and eighth ahead of Force India's Esteban Ocon in ninth, with Sauber's Charles Leclerc scoring the final point in 10th.

It was the 300th F1 race for two-time champion Fernando Alonso of McLaren, good for fourth all-time. But the Briton insisted that this hadn't been an issue in his poor qualifying performance. Team mate Stoffel Vandoorne didn't fare much better as he ended up 16th. At least they managed to win the traditional post-qualifying raft race.

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.

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