Sebastian Vettel took advantage of Ferrari’s strength in the Montreal straights and scored a surprising pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix.
The four-time champion broke a string of 17 races away from the top of the grid, broke the unofficial record of the Canadian circuit and beat Mercedes rivals for the first time since the Bahrain Grand Prix. Championship leader Lewis Hamilton will start in 2nd place, while Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc finished in a distant 3rd place.
The surprise of Quali was Daniel Ricciardo, of Renault, that after a disappointing beginning of championship secured a place in the second of the row of the grid, in 4th. The charismatic Australian outperformed Pierre Gasly and Valtteri Bottas in the fastest Red Bull and Mercedes. Bottas had a scary moment with a spin in the end of the session that almost took him to the walls.
Kevin Magnussen of Haas was not so lucky. The Dane touched the famous Wall of Champions on his last Q2 lap, spun across the track and hit the wall on the other side of the track. The crash ended the session earlier than expected and left Max Verstappen out of contention for pole position in 11th place.