Sebastian Vettel secured his first pole of the year in Canada

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Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari. Source: Ferrari
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.

Starting Grid for the Canadian Grand Prix

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1
 Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari 1’10.240
2
 Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes 1’10.446 0.206
3
 Charles Leclerc
Ferrari 1’10.920 0.680
4
 Daniel Ricciardo
Renault 1’11.071 0.831
5
 Pierre Gasly
Red Bull 1’11.079 0.839
6
 Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes 1’11.101 0.861
7
 Nico Hulkenberg
Renault 1’11.324 1.084
8
 Lando Norris
McLaren 1’11.863 1.623
9
 Carlos Sainz Jr.
McLaren 1’13.981 3.741
10
 Kevin Magnussen
Haas
11
 Max Verstappen
Red Bull 1’11.800 1.560
12
 Daniil Kvyat
Toro Rosso 1’11.921 1.681
13
 Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo 1’12.136 1.896
14
 Alex Albon
Toro Rosso 1’12.193 1.953
15
 Romain Grosjean
Haas
16
 Sergio Perez
Racing Point 1’12.197 1.957
17
 Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo 1’12.230 1.990
18
 Lance Stroll
Racing Point 1’12.266 2.026
19
 George Russell
Williams 1’13.617 3.377
20
 Robert Kubica
Williams 1’14.393 4.153

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