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Vettel couldn't "slalom" past "ridiculous" traffic in qualifying

Javier Howell
June 10, 2018

Red Bull topped both practice sessions yesterday, courtesy of Max Verstappen.

Before the race on Sunday, the auto Villeneuve used in 1978 will be driven by his 47-year-old son Jacques, the 1997 world champion, to lead the ceremonial parade lap.

Lewis Hamilton will join the Dutchman on the second row in fourth place after locking his brakes at the hairpin on both runs in Q3, which meant he lost time down the back straight. Vettel's best lap time of one minute 10.776 seconds bested the record of 1:11.459 set a year ago by Mercedes ace Lewis Hamilton.

In a closely-fought qualifying session amongst the top three teams, Vettel rose above the parapet to clinch his 54th pole position, beating Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas to the top spot by less than a tenth of a second.

Vettel trails Hamilton by 14 points in the drivers' standings but will be confident of eating into that deficit after qualifying first with a track record of one minute and 10.764 seconds at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

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Verstappen arrived in Montreal under attack from all corners, after an incident-filled start to the season in which the 20-year-old reach the podium once in six races, while Ricciardo has recorded a pair of wins.

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Red Bull's Max Verstappen snapped after he was repeatedly asked about the crashes he has been involved in recently.

"On Friday the vehicle balance was great into [Turn] 10. Definitely just in that corner alone it was pole position for sure".

"We have the B-spec engine this weekend, the upgrade, and I think just configuring a few things on that, we're not necessarily aligned, so we just had to go through a little bit of trial and error. We did not really change a lot initially and that's always a good sign and gives you hope", said Verstappen.

The young Dutchman clocked the best time of the day in the afternoon session, one minute, 12.198 seconds, ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull team mate and Monaco Grand Prix victor Daniel Ricciardo.

Once the main teams emerged, Vettel was soon quickest for Ferrari before swapping fastest laps with Raikkonen as the Mercedes men struggled to keep pace.

"A situation like this for Vettel when he is coming up fast - in the end he still got pole, so no harm, no foul, which was good", he said.