Formula One: Glum Hamilton unhappy to start Canadian GP from fourth


Formula One: Glum Hamilton unhappy to start Canadian GP from fourth

I was there when Hamilton won his first race on this track - and I'd like to see him eventually break Michael Schumacher's record of seven titles in Montreal.

Vettel managed to place a 1:10.764s on his final run in qualifying to beat Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen in the race for pole, with the German saying starting on the front row in Canada is special for the Italian team.

But it was a decision Red Bull made earlier in the session, in Q2, to complete their best lap on the Hypersoft tyre and not the more durable Ultrasoft, which Ferrari and Mercedes had on their cars, which confused Vettel as it means both Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo will use that compound in the first stint.

Stroll and Hartley's coming together saw the safety vehicle deployed but that was the extent of the drama.

In the Constructors' Championship, Mercedes leads with 178 points, Ferrari is second with 156 points and Red Bull is third with 107 points. Forty years after Gilles won his Grand Prix here, I think it's great to show that Ferrari's still alive, winning races.

"That's why I am very happy to have qualified on pole".

"Today we switched on".

The team took some time to find its pace over the weekend with Vettel not fully at ease with the auto until qualifying when he found the set-up he wanted to deliver an impressive pole, from which he dictated the race and converted into an equally impressive win. Vettel's lone pit stop on the 38th of 70 laps saw him emerge with a six-second lead that was never threatened. The The Red Bulls will be the ones to look out for at the start.

The semi-permanent track combines long straights with tight chicanes and each team sets up their vehicle to maximize straight line speed, although the cars also need to deliver a good ride over the relatively tall curbs.

"I just thought it was going to fail, and every single lap, I was kind of on the edge waiting for the power to drop away and disappear, because it kept dropping and coming back and dropping". Hopefully he'll have much better luck when he races at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for Toyota next week. He earned his first Formula One points with a ninth-place finish at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve previous year. "I think we can do a good job". "We didn't apply the pressure this weekend, but I'm really going to make sure I come back strong in the next race". The Spaniard was forced out with engine trouble after 42 laps.



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