F1 Canadian Grand Prix : Lewis Hamilton has enjoyed some brilliant moments at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, with his first win in F1 coming in Montreal – now sitting one behind Michael Schumacher’s record of seven wins.
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SEBASTIAN VETTEL clinched his first pole position in 11 months — to deny Lewis Hamilton a record seventh pole in the Canadian GP.
The Ferrari man – desperate to turn the team’s fortunes around after a miserable start to the season – had not taken front spot on the grid since the 2018 German GP in July.
And it was a huge boost to him and the Italian team, after his final flying lap bumped Hamilton down to second-place on the gird.
The Ferrari duo of Leclerc and Vettel traded provisional poles before Hamilton better their times with a stunning lap.
Magnussen was unhurt and given the all-clear from the medics, despite the big crash but it also meant the red flag was brought out as marshals recovered his stricken Haas.
The early end to the session denied Max Verstappen the chance to get into the top-10 shoot-out and he was stopped in his tracks and qualified in 11th place.
Verstappen said: “The tyre didn’t feel fantastic for us but we also had traffic. Then we went onto the soft tyre but we had a red flag. Very unlucky.
“It happens in Formula One. We are not really on pace of Mercedes and Ferrari so it will be difficult to fight them tomorrow.”
It was also a double-disaster for Racing Point at their home race as both Lance Stroll and Sergio Perez failed to reach Q2.
Former Ferrari man, Kimi Raikkonen, now driving for Alfa Romeo, also got given the boot from the first session.
F1 live: 2019 Canadian Grand Prix qualifying – latest updates from Montreal
Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain driving the (44) Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W10 on track during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Canada at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 08, 2019 in Montreal, Canada
Lewis Hamilton is looking for pole position in Montreal on Saturday Credit: Getty Images/Mark Thompson
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Sebastian Vettel takes pole position ahead of Lewis Hamilton
Charles Leclerc third for Ferrari, Daniel Ricciardo fourth for Renault
Max Verstappen eliminated in Q2 after red flag caused by Kevin Magnussen’s crash
When was the last time a Renault qualified in fourth?!
I am still in awe of that lap by Daniel Ricciardo. Renault much closer to the top three teams here, well ahead of McLaren on raw pace. They have been well off it so far this season. This is hugely encouraging for them. Hugely.
Hamilton reacts to his second place
Honestly, I don’t feel disappointment. We gave it everything we could. Particularly that last sector they were killing us. Thoroughly happy with the job. This is good, this is how racing should be. Tomorrow is going to be interesting.
Vettel reacts to his first pole for 17 races
He’s bloody good in qualifying. Hard to crack. I am full of adrenaline. That was one of those laps. Really, really, really nice. Very happy for the team. The last weeks have been quite tough for us. Today the car was a lot better. We also avoid the red, soft tyre in the race because we managed to go through with the medium. The car felt good but I think we can carry that into the race.
Bottas made a REAL big mess of his lap, numerous mistakes, tyres not warm enough, no confidence. Ferrari’s second pole of the year and their first since
“Awesome lap,” he is told on his radio. Toto Wolff looks on, worried. He kept with Hamilton in the first two sectors and then beat him in the last.
RICCIARDO IN FOURTH! How did that happen? He’s ahead of Bottas and Gasly! Did he cut the final chicane?!
Q3 – Vettel flying…
…can he find the time in the final sector? Hamilton has already improved. Ferrari are strong there…
…everyone apart from Hamilton needs to find time. Is his time good enough at the moment? What can McLaren do here? Bottas in a bit of traffic on his out lap, he’s behind two McLarens and in a bit of trouble and he’s backing Hamilton up as well!