Sebastian Vettel takes 54th career pole ahead of Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News June 9, 2018 Updated: 5:49 PM PT
MONTREAL, Canada — Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel found his way to the top taking his fourth pole position of the season ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix.
“Pole position is always important”, said Vettel. “and for Scuderia Ferrari this track and this country means a lot, as this is the place where Gilles Villeneuve came from. That’s why I am very happy to have qualified on pole.”
Vettel took his 54th career pole and his fourth Canadian Grand Prix pole ahead of Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas in second. With Ferrari’s newly upgraded engine, Vettel finished with a time of 1:10.764 but was only able to put 0.093s between him and Bottas.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen may have a chance to make up for his struggles in Monaco finishing third just ahead of Lewis Hamilton in fourth. Hamilton’s car appeared to struggle around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve as the reigning world champion finished 0.232s behind Vettel. While many feel Mercedes six race old engine may have been a factor, Hamilton doesn’t feel that was the case.
“I don’t think today’s performance has got anything to do with the older engine. Sebastian simply did a better job when it counted in Q3,” Hamilton said.
Vettel’s teammate Kimi Raikkonen finished fifth followed by Daniel Ricciardo in the second Red Bull. Despite a rough Friday practice, Renault bounced back getting both of their cars into the top ten with Nico Hulkenberg in seventh and teammate Carlos Sainz in ninth.
Force India’s Esteban Ocon split the Renault’s qualifying eighth. Ocon’s teammate Sergio Perez took the final points paying spot in tenth.
Kevin Magnussen qualified a lonely 11th as teammate Romain Grosjean ran into trouble at the start of the Q1 soon as he pulled out of his garage as white smoke was seen blowing out the back of his car. Grosjean would be forced to pull his car over just before the end of the pit lane ending his day. He will start tomorrow’s race from the back of the grid.
Toro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley finished 12th with Sauber’s Charles Leclerc in 13th as the F1 rookie out qualified his teammate for the fifth time this season. McLaren drivers Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne finished 14th and 15th.
Pierre Gasly will start 16th ahead of the Williams of Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin in 17th and 18th with Marcus Ericsson making the final car to set a time in 19th.