Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Canadian F1 Grand Prix 2018 Qualifying: Saturday's Results, Times, Final Grid

Canadian F1 Grand Prix 2018 Qualifying: Saturday's Results, Times, Final Grid

Reigning World Champion Lewis Hamilton said he was anxious throughout the duration of the Canadian Grand Prix that his engine would fail, as he relinquished the points lead to Sebastian Vettel.

With Red Bull also pushing the world champions, and finishing with two cars ahead of Hamilton, Wolff says the race-by-race battle is going to be determined by fine margins.

Hamilton stayed fourth ahead of Ricciardo who made quick work of passing Raikkonen before, after only half a lap, a heavy collision between Brendon Hartley's Toro Rosso and local hero Lance Stroll's Williams. Vettel got a superb start after the resumption and Bottas never looked like making up ground - especially after a slight error with around a dozen laps to go which effectively ensured the German could cruise home.

Fans witnessed history during Saturday afternoon qualifying, as Sebastian Vettel posted an outright track record lap time of one minute, 10.776 seconds to claim the pole position.

"We got pole today for a reason", said Vettel. "Gilles Villeneuve, the favourite driver of Enzo Ferrari".

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. Hamilton has won the Canadian race six times, including the previous three.

"Forty years after Gilles won his Grand Prix here, I think it's great to show that Ferrari is still alive, still there, winning races". It was the seventh race on the engine so it's seen its life.

"This is why this year's championship is going to be decided by the one who makes the fewest mistakes, brings the best development onto the power unit of the engine on every single weekend". He and Ferrari executed their race to perfection, took the lead in the title race and have left Hamilton and Mercedes with much to consider before racing resumes in France in a fortnight.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo was fourth for Red Bull, and denied the fastest lap by the early flag waving which meant that did not count.

The Finn said: "That was close, very close".

Vettel had no such trouble, leaving the jostling behind him as he steered through the 4.36-kilometer track named for the Ferrari driver and Montreal native who earned his first Formula One victory here 40 years ago.

The Sauber driver headed the Spaniard early in the race, but he lost out to the McLaren during the pitstops, only to reclaim the position when Alonso came into the pits again to retire.

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