Sebastian Vettel takes Montreal pole, Lewis Hamilton only fourth

Canadian Grand Prix - Strategy guide

Canadian Grand Prix - Strategy guide

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 Ferrari man started on pole and lead throughout around Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, where Hamilton had triumphed in each of the past three seasons. It would be much more of a problem if I would be really slow, because that is a critical problem.' When pushed further to explain why he had crashed so much this year, Verstappen replied: 'Like I said I get a bit exhausted of all the questions. "Also myself didn't get the rhythm yet so missing a little bit of the laps but overall we tried to go through the programme as good as we could". The The Red Bulls will be the ones to look out for at the start. You can see there's a lot of flags.

"He left a heritage for people who fell in love with motorsport back then, it's still them hanging around, and their kids and maybe their grandkids, I don't know!"

He retired in Azerbaijan after a collision with Ricciardo and in China he tangled with Hamilton and Vettel, finishing fifth after a 10-second penalty demoted him from fourth, while Ricciardo won the race.

The German was mighty in qualifying on Saturday and didn't put a foot wrong come race day, crossing the line 5.7 seconds clear of Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas, with Red Bull's Max Verstappen completing the podium, followed home by team mate Daniel Ricciardo and the second Mercedes of Hamilton.

The lone Canadian driver Lance Stroll of Montreal saw his early-season woes continue with a 17th place finish in the first 20-minute qualifying session, to leave him in the next-to-last row on the race starting grid.

Stroll, 19, was in is second Canadian GP. The vehicle is working well and we're just missing out on top speed. "Kimi I think was happier on one lap so probably he's one of the favourites, I'm not, but we'll see tomorrow".

"In the race, it all calms down a bit, which is why in general we are always a bit more competitive".

Kimi Raikkonen in the other Ferrari and Monaco victor Daniel Ricciardo are in the third row.

The semi-permanent track combines long straights with tight chicanes and each team sets up their auto to maximize straight line speed, although the cars also need to deliver a good ride over the relatively tall curbs. "But as I said at the start, I am exhausted of these questions and if I get any more I am going to head-butt someone".

The Finn said: "That was close, very close".

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