Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Sebastian Vettel 'surprised' by one Red Bull decision during Canadian GP qualifying

Sebastian Vettel 'surprised' by one Red Bull decision during Canadian GP qualifying

Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes will start beside Vettel on the front row. Fourth place is his worst grid position in Montreal since 2011.

"Pole position is always important", said Vettel.

Ricciardo, who capped a dominant performance in Monaco with a win two weeks ago, has struggled for pace since arriving at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. I feel like we had one run here, one run there to kind of get it right.

"It didn't really develop, it didn't get much quicker and it was just a hard session", he signed.

"We think it's a good tyre for us, and in the long run [in practice] I felt good on it", he explained.

"That's why I am very happy to have qualified on pole". That was due to a reliability issue on the new upgrades that had been detected back in Brackley during the week.

If Hamilton is to secure what would be a record seventh pole in Canada on Saturday the Briton will have to squeeze more out an engine that is running in its seventh race.

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"Yesterday we felt quite competitive and the auto was behaving quite well, so we were quite confident for today's qualifying, but we were not on the pace today unfortunately", Alonso said after qualifying in 14th place. Both teams managed to get both drivers into Q3 - with a slightly bigger margin than was seen earlier in the weekend - and it was Nico Hulkenberg who emerged on top in the fight for best of the rest. Or single lap pace was good too, but today, it just didn't come together. "I don't think it was anything to do with the engine".

Hamilton appeared doubtful about whether he would be able to challenge the cars ahead of him on the grid in tomorrow's race.

Verstappen arrived in Montreal under attack from all corners, after an incident-filled start to the season in which the 20-year-old reach the podium once in six races, while Ricciardo has recorded a pair of wins.

'Of course the beginning of the year so far, it hasn't been going that well and not in the way that I liked it. I think I've had interesting races here, very entertaining races, fun races.

"I'm really exhausted of all the comments about me - that I should change my approach", he said.

"Ferrari did a better job today and that's just the way it is".

After clinching his fourth pole position of the season, Vettel was delighted with the response after a tough Friday practice in Canada.

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