Published: Sun, June 09, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

LIVEBLOG: Canadian Grand Prix qualifying!

LIVEBLOG: Canadian Grand Prix qualifying!

Vettel, who won from pole in Montreal previous year, edged out world champion Lewis Hamilton into second by just 0.206 seconds with Ferrari's Charles Leclerc third fastest in qualifying on Saturday.

Vettel's lap time of one minute, 10.240 seconds was 0.206 seconds better than Hamilton's, and triggered a frenzy among red-clad tifosi in the packed grandstands on a gorgeous afternoon.

That advantage on the straights - where Hamilton said Ferrari were gaining 0.5secs on Mercedes - is not as pronounced in race trim, and the world championship leader will not take this lying down.

"I don't think I've really excelled for a while here", said Hamilton, who won in Canada three years in a row from 2015 to 2017 but finished outside the top three last year.

Mercedes have swept all six races this season, five in a one-two formation, putting pressure on rivals Ferrari to get their challenge back on track.

Vettel was jubilant over the team radio when he was told the result.

"We will keep pushing and do our best to bring home a strong result". "We need to look at our options for overtaking cars tomorrow".

"I don't want to say I can't believe it", he said.

Mercedes Motorsport driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland slips into his vehicle during the second practice session at the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix auto race, Friday, June 7, 2019, in Montreal.

That meant Max Verstappen was eliminated in Q2 in a huge blow to Red Bull.

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"I'm sure that there are still some things to improve on, as always, leading up to qualifying and the race, but both the performance runs and high-fuel runs seemed promising".

Eleven years ago, Robert Kubica won the only grand prix of his career at this venue. "I wasn't sure if it was enough and they screamed on the radio 'pole position.' awesome".

"This is one of the tracks where you need to dare going very close to the walls in numerous places", he told the post-qualifying news conference.

"There are some ideas to improve where we're and they sound quite promising so I am optimistic but the real proof, the only proof, is the stop watch". It is very bumpy, very rough.

Montreal native Stroll failed to make it past the first round of qualifying for the 11th straight time, capping off a frustrating day in front of his hometown fans by finishing 18th.

Although the 20-year-old was pushed back to the garage by his mechanics, the issue was not fixable in time to allow him to rejoin the track before the conclusion of the session.

"We are definitely in the fight", said Stroll of the competitive midfield. Sergio Perez for Racing Point and Alfa Romeo's Kimi Raikkonen joined them in being knocked out in Q1.

In the second round of qualifying, the Haas of Kevin Magnussen drove straight into the infamous Wall of Champions on the session's final lap.

Another driver who scored his first win in Canada is Daniel Ricciardo, when he triumphed for Red Bull in a dramatic 2014 race. The Dutchman will start 11th from the front on Sunday.

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