Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Canadian GP: Vettel grabs pole position, Grosjean's hopes go up in smoke

Canadian GP: Vettel grabs pole position, Grosjean's hopes go up in smoke

Disappointed championship leader Lewis Hamilton said his laps "just did not come together" on Saturday (June 9) when he missed out on a fourth successive pole position at the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix.

During a media event Thursday at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Vettel was asked what his favourite moment is from racing in Montreal.

Bottas had to ease off on the final laps to manage his fuel load but kept his composure to secure second place ahead of Max Verstappen.

Hartley subsequently went to hospital for a check-up Hamilton fans. presumably The Montreal marmots (or groundhogs) were getting very close to the action Too close, in fact, during Friday practice for Romain Grosjean 40 years after Gilles Villeneuve won his home race for Ferrari, his son Jacques drove his vehicle around the Montreal circuit before the race.

While the uneventful nature of proceedings will draw criticism, Canada marked the third race in a row in which a different driver had dominated proceedings with Vettel's victory this Sunday as imperious as those of Hamilton in Spain and Ricciardo in Monaco last month.

Ricciardo's auto has spent more time in the garage than Verstappen's this weekend, but Ricciardo does not think he can use too much of that as an excuse for the gap to the Dutchman. Hartley and Stroll then crash, triggering a Safety Car interruption.

Vettel set the pace throughout the Q3 top 10 shootout, posting a time of 1m10.776s on his first run to take top spot.

F1 teams are only allowed to use three engines to get through the 21-race schedule and Vettel is using his second this weekend in his Ferrari, which he has named Loria.

Lap 37: Bottas comes into the pits to avoid upcoming traffic.

Vettel's performance means Ferrari will start from pole position at the Canadian Grand Prix for the first time in 17 years, and he sent a warning to his rivals. Red Bull feared it would force a switch onto his third MGU-K component of the season - enough for a ten-place grid drop, which may have triggered a few other changes with their own penalty attached.

Lap 63: Hamilton finally moves into DRS range of Ricciardo.

Lap 68: Hamilton loses grip as he takes a look at Ricciardo into the hairpin.

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.

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