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

Tanya Simon
June 11, 2018

Vettel, who stuck his Ferrari vehicle on pole position with a stunning performance in qualifying by breaking the lap record with a 1:10.764, will be starting on the ultrasoft compound and said it never crossed their mind to think otherwise.

Verstappen, who also spun out in Australia and finished sixth, said he's not going to change the approach that made him, at the age of 17, the youngest driver ever to compete in Formula One.

"It was a bit different, it was a bit mixed today so I'm not entirely happy with the feel inside the auto yet".

On the basis of Friday practice, Sebastian Vettel does not see himself as a contender for victory even though Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen set the second fastest time.

Hamilton tops the championship leaderboard as he pursues his fifth Formula One title.

Lewis Hamilton complained of intermittent power loss from fourth place, and with Daniel Ricciardo - who had jumped Kimi Raikkonen for fifth, bearing down on him, the Mercedes driver was recalled to the pits for an early tire change and to add some cooling to the vehicle.

Having threatened to "head-butt" someone on Thursday after getting irritated by persistent questions about his many crashes this year, Verstappen was satisfied with his qualifying run.

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"In my final lap I had a small mistake otherwise I think there was a little bit more". The auto is working well and we're just missing out on top speed.

"I think after a long stretch Ferrari didn't win here, I saw people around and they were super happy". But I just struggled in the session and wasn't able to pull it through. Having shown formidable race pace in the opening rounds Ferrari had been on the back foot to Mercedes but they brought an engine upgrade to this race which has put them right back in contention.

Vettel ended Q1 on top ahead of the Finn with Hamilton third, but it was tense for McLaren as twice former champion Fernando Alonso squeezed into Q2 at the end in 14th place ahead of team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne.

The Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas will also start in the front row.

Part of the thinking was the team's chance of success in Montreal compared with the next race, at the Circuit Paul Ricard in France.

Hamilton will have to cope with the supercharged Verstappen starting from third - the Dutchman having responded to his critics in ideal fashion since he threatened to "head-butt" someone on Thursday when irked by persistent questions about his many crashes this year.

Mercedes were first out in Q3 and smashed the records, Bottas topping Hamilton in 1:10.857 before Vettel beat that.

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