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Vettel takes pole, sets lap record in Montreal

11 June 2018
Vettel takes pole, sets lap record in Montreal

"Fortunately I had a lap count in the vehicle, and the pit board was accurate", he said.

"Some of the marshals were already celebrating", he said. Max Verstappen was third and the other Red Bull auto, driven by Daniel Ricciardo, was fourth. This is what some circuits will do, they'll say "leader's on his third last lap, second last lap, this is the last lap", then they'll give the guy waving the flag points at where the leader is.

His engine was six races old but Hamilton would have expected better. I think we do our job inside the vehicle and if we can race, we race but obviously, we also do our job inside the auto and try to avoid racing.

And Vettel said the emotion of his win meant more to him than taking the lead of the world championship ahead of Lewis Hamilton.

The nature of the power-sensitive Circuit Gilles Villeneuve meant Mercedes arrived in Montreal as favourites, although the decision to delay its engine upgrade until the next race in France appeared to swing the initiative back in Ferrari's direction.

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

"I thought it was going to fail".

German Nico Hulkenberg came home seventh ahead of his Renault team-mate Spaniard Carlos Sainz, Frenchman Esteban Ocon of Force India and Monegasque Charles Leclerc of Sauber.

But in an impassioned response to complaints about the lack of overtaking during the grand prix, Vettel said the occasional uneventful race in F1 was as inevitable as an uneventful contest in every other sporting sphere. Both cars were badly damaged but the drivers were uninjured.

The Safety Car was deployed in order to clear the wreckage while stewards opted to take no further action against either driver.

Drivers are only allowed three power units a season before grid penalties start coming into effect and Hamilton took issue with the rules back in the paddock.

It was also a short day for Stroll, a Montreal native who locked up with Hartley heading into Turn 5 on the first lap. I had a moment of oversteer.

"The only feeling I have is that we have to wake up".

Stroll, 19, was in is second Canadian GP. He earned his first Formula One points with a ninth-place finish at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve a year ago.

Hamilton's early pit-stop on an enforced two-stop strategy, due to an engine heating problem, had done him no favours, but when Raikkonen pitted after 33 laps the Englishman was able to hang on and regain fifth as the Ferrari rejoined.

After 42 laps, sadly, Fernando Alonso's 300th Grand Prix weekend came to an end when, chasing 10th, he was called in to pit and retire.