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F1: Vettel on pole for Canadian Grand Prix, Verstappen starts 11th


Sebastian Vettel has taken pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix with Max Verstappen starting in 11th place.

In the lead up to Qualifying Ferrari had looked the faster car, however, at the end of Q2 Mercedes were the two fastest cars.

After the first flying laps in Q3, Hamilton was fastest but Vettel snatched pole from his fingertips right at the end, going two tenths faster than his rival.

Charles Leclerc struggled for pace in Q3 and his best time was good enough for third. He was six tenths down after his third run but he was able to improve on his final lap.

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Daniel Ricciardo has his best qualifying result since joining Renault and will start fourth. Renault have had a tough time recently but Ricciardo’s result will be a welcome boost for the French team.

Pierre Gasly had a reasonable session and starts fifth while Valterri Bottas will start sixth tomorrow after a scruffy session. The Finn spun on his first flying lap in Q3 and locked up twice on his second.

Nico Hulkenberg was seventh fastest in what is Renault’s best qualifying result since their return to Formula 1. Norris, Sainz and Magnussen rounded out the top ten.

Magnussen did not set a laptop in Q3 after having a big crash in Q2. The Dane hit the “Wall of

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Champions” with his right rear wheel and veered across the track hitting the wall on the other side of the start/finish straight.

The accident was right at the end of the session meaning a number of drivers were unable to complete their flying laps. Max Verstappen was the biggest name to get caught out and he qualified 11th.

Kvyat starts 12th and Antonio Giovinazzi grabbed 13th, out qualifying his teammate, Kimi Raikkonen.

Alex Albon and Romain Grosjean were the other two drivers caught out by Magnussen’s crash. They start the race in 14th and 15th respectively tomorrow.

Racing Point had a difficult session and Sergio Perez was only fast enough for 16th while Kimi Raikkonen was 17th.

Once again Lance Stroll failed to make Q1 and will start 18th, ahead of the Williams pair of George Russell and Robert Kubica in 19th and 20th.



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