Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Vettel takes 50th win and F1 championship lead in Canada

Vettel takes 50th win and F1 championship lead in Canada

The Ferrari driver set a new lap record of 1m 10.764s in Q3 to beat Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas to pole.

Bottas then clocked a 1m 11.514s to go fastest in the opening minutes of Q2, before Red Bull driver Max Verstappen went top of the timesheets with a 1m 11.472s.

"I think Ferrari have had a slightly better package all round, they've been doing a slightly better job so we've got to do more". Yesterday we were a bit in trouble. I think we need a little bit of time to understand the full picture but as I said I'm not yet happy with the vehicle. "I could have lost a lot more points today", said the four-times world champion, who is no fan of the engine limitations. We've got to keep working, which I know the guys are, and I just think we need to stay positive. "But it was fantastic".

Hamilton will have to cope with the supercharged Verstappen starting from third - the Dutchman having responded to his critics in flawless fashion since he threatened to "head-butt" someone on Thursday when irked by persistent questions about his many crashes this year.

"That's why I am very happy to have qualified on pole". I wasn't really happy with the vehicle. Fortunately the forecast looks good this year, with only partly cloudy skies predicted for both Saturday's qualifying and Sunday's race.

With Gilles' son Jacques having demonstrated his father's race-winning Ferrari 312T3 just prior to the race, Vettel proceeded to dominate from lights to flag in Montreal, giving the team their first Canadian win since Michael Schumacher in 2004.

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"It was just a very hard session", he said.

"They've been waiting long enough for Ferrari to win here", Vettel said. My laps weren't good and it just didn't quite come together for me. "The Ferrari was the better auto today with the upgrades they had".

Kimi Raikkonen in the other Ferrari and Monaco victor Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull are in the third row, with Nico Hulkenberg seventh and the best of the rest.

It was another disappointing day for the US-owned Haas team, as Romain Grosjean failed to make it beyond the pitlane before the engine in the Frenchman's vehicle blew in a cloud of smoke.

The failure added to a miserable weekend for Grosjean, who has yet to score a point this season and damaged his vehicle slightly during Friday's free practice when he struck a groundhog.

"With the start we had, with the race we had, there was nothing more we could do", said Bottas, who has finished second four times this season, but hasn't yet won.

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