Pole Sitter Vettel Says ‘I could have been even faster’ in Qualifying

Pole Sitter Vettel Says ‘I could have been even faster’ in Qualifying

Pole Sitter Vettel Says ‘I could have been even faster’ in Qualifying

Sebastian Vettel praised the steps forward made by Ferrari after taking the lead in the drivers' championship with victory in the Canadian Grand Prix. It's Vettel's fourth pole on the Ile Notre-Dame, but his first since 2013, when he was on his way to a fourth straight world championship for Red Bull.

The Finn added: "It's always annoying when it's so close and we're not ahead - but starting on the front row is good for this race".

The Ferrari driver was back at his best in Montreal, doing enough to beat the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas and start at the front of the grid in Sunday's race, setting a best time of 1m10.764s.

On the basis of Friday practice, Sebastian Vettel does not see himself as a contender for victory even though Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen set the second fastest time.

It was a short day for the lone Canadian on the track as Lance Stroll's Williams punctured a tire only a quarter of the way through the first lap into the race, causing the Montreal driver to slide across the crack and ram New Zealander Brendon Hartley of Toro Rosso into a wall.

Hamilton leads Vettel by 14 points in the standings after six races and will be determined not to allow him to cut substantially into that cushion. The vehicle all weekend has been really strong, every session we made progress with the auto and I'm feeling confident on the track.

Hartley crashed out early at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve after an opening lap collision. I think they peaked a bit early, but majority are men so it might happen.

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But the nature of the track, a lot of chicanes, the walls close in some crucial places - mostly exit of the chicanes. When asked Thursday to describe his season so far, Vettel used the word "interesting".

When he brought his Ferrari out for qualifying a day later, his problems - and the rest of the field - were behind him.

It was also the 50th career victory for the 30-year-old, who was a four-time Formula One champion in his days at Red Bull Renault.

"The numbers are just in theory, but there would have been gains", Bottas said. "I quickly saw that it was going to be hard to take pole position but you always do your best and try to get the best out of the auto". "I am very happy with this weekend so far".

"So I think we have to really work hard now".

Last year's victor in Monaco was Hamilton.

He admitted: "We were coming to Montreal expecting our vehicle to be really strong and we are leaving Montreal seeing that we haven't been where we thought we should be".

Fernando Alonso would have hoped to make Q3 in his 300th Grand Prix weekend, but he had to settle for P14 after finishing Q2 more than a second off the pace.

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