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Ferrari’s Vettel on Canada pole – but where is Lewis?

MONTREAL, Canada – Sebastian Vettel has given Ferrari its first pole start for the Montreal F1 GP since 2001 when Michael Schumacher put a red car up front – while Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton languished in the fourth slot.

Vettel set a track lap record of 1min10.764 to get the hole shot but is still 14 points behind the Englishman on the championship standings – winner in Canada six times – whose team-mate Valtteri Bottas will be alongside Vettel when the lights go out.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen dominated the first three practice sessions but lost his edge in qualifying to line up third – though the top four all lapped inside 1min11.0.

‘A DIFFICULT SESSION’

Vettel, who could take his 50th F1 win on Sunday, was reported as saying after quali: “I got the job done. Yesterday we were a bit in trouble. I wasn’t really happy with the car, we had some problems and I just couldn’t get the rhythm.”

Hamilton commented: “It was just a difficult session. The laps weren’t great laps. Ferrari did a better job and that’s just the way it is.”

READ THE full feature, with pictures, on Reuters news

American team Haas team, however, had a disaster: Romain Grosjean was still in the pits lane when his engine blew up – along with his quali chances and no closer to scoring his first point of 2018.

Reuters also reported ”grim faces” in the Williams pit: drivers Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin failed to make it out for second quali and will again start near the back of the grid. ”It was the fifth time in seven races,” Reuters said, ”that both Williams cars failed to advance out of the first phase.”

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