MONTREAL, Canada – Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel has claimed pole position for the start of the 2019 Canadian F1 GP for the second time in as many years despite Mercedes Lewis Hamilton topping the times for most of the session.
Vettel won pole in Canada in 2018 and his start slot will perhaps give his team some hope of catching the dominant Mercedes team in the Drivers’and Manufacturers’ points table.
Hamilton, however, will also be chasing an equalled record – a seventh win in Montreal. He’s second on the grid so don’t miss the race on TV. The chances are good – the pole launch for Vettel is his first in 17 races.
His fellow Ferrari pilot, young Charles LeClerc, will be in the third slot with Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo a surprise fourth.
Fifth away will be Red Bull’s Pierre Gasly but with Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas alongside him.
Vettel, on pole for the first time since Hockenheim in 2018, said: “I’am full of adrenalin – you feel the grip and you go for it, that was one of those laps.”
Mercedes has won all of the six races so far in 2019, five of them first and second.
Hamilton said after the quali session: “I think we gave it everything today – I’m not disappointed. Overall, I’m happy with the job we’ve done. I’m glad I split the Ferraris – but Sunday is going to be an interesting race.”
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