It was at the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix that Hamilton won his first Formula One race, and he's since gone on to emerge victorious in five of the last eight trips to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.
He then threatened to "headbutt" anybody who asked him about his crashes in his press conference on Thursday.
While Gasly's Toro Rosso team-mate Brendon Hartley ended up 16th, he did record the fastest speed trap result with his Honda power unit propelling him to 328kph. "If we can escape this weekend without it, then I'd rather take it somewhere else".
"Today was a good day, the auto is working very well".
Max Verstappen rounded out a solid weekend in Montreal with a third place finish at the Canadian Grand Prix.
But he is well aware that practice sessions are for working on the car's set-up, adjustments and performance and Red Bull will still have its hands full chasing the Formula One leaders - Mercedes and Ferrari.
Vettel covered the 2.71-mile (4.36-km) track in 1 minute, 10.764 seconds to deprive Lewis Hamilton of a record seventh pole in Montreal. If I'm on the seventh race with a hard circuit on engines, I want to see it through.
Hamilton was on the ultra-soft tyres as was team-mate Valtteri Bottas in fifth, ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.
There is a third practice session plus qualifying on Saturday, with the race on Sunday afternoon.
The young Dutchman Verstappen clocked 1:12.198 seconds.
Instead the team switched back to his first MGU-K of the season, which failed during the Chinese Grand Prix weekend but was still useable and, crucially, can be used without a punishment. We got a few laps at the end there so I did enough to feel what the auto was like.
It's the first pole for Ferrari at the track named for one of its most celebrated drivers since Michael Schumacher in 2001.
"I would say that Mercedes' pace was really fast today", Ricciardo said. "It was especially nice on my last lap to see all the Canadian flags waving to me". I know it's fourth but I'm actually happy.
"If the others are sliding around in dirty air or whatever, we should be able to get a bit more out of them". Starting sixth I didn't know how much to expect on this track as the reality is that it's not that easy to overtake around here anymore.
Stroll also had a mishap in the morning session as his back right tire clipped the infamous Wall of Champions on the final turn, causing a puncture.
"A lot of laps, good information that's been absorbed", the 19-year-old said. Not the best day but we are OK. Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso is in 14th position. "It would be great to see Canada continue to expand in the sport".
The session was punctuated by incidents as the drivers came to terms with a slippery circuit, several touching or hitting the barriers.
Latifi was named reserve driver by Force India this season after holding a similar position with Renault. A year later, he won the Spanish Grand Prix and became the youngest victor in F1 history.