Canadian Grand Prix qualifying: Sebastian Vettel smashes track record

In addition to three DRS zones there have been a number of changes to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix

So constantly today going in to that corner I was struggling to get the vehicle stopped, be it front locking or rear locking, so it was quite messy. "I'm exhausted of all the comments that I should change", he said.

Mercedes' decision to choose the fewest number of hyper-soft tyres for this weekend out of all the teams may have contributed as neither driver had tried them until Saturday morning, but Hamilton can not blame only that as Bottas ended up on the front row.

Hamilton qualified only fourth in Montreal, three places behind closest title rival Sebastian Vettel and also two spots adrift of team-mate Valtteri Bottas who came within a tenth of denying the Ferrari the fastest time.

Max Verstappen, who was quickest in all three pre-qualifying practice sessions, placed third and will start in the second row next to Hamilton, whose run of three straight Canadian poles ended.

"Even after Monaco we spoke quite a bit after the race, even Monday we spoke a little bit".

Vettel, meanwhile, was forced to miss the start of FP2 after lengthy set-up changes were made to his auto, and he conceded that Ferrari have work to do ahead of qualifying.

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. We did the best we could with it. In the Constructors' Championship, Mercedes leads with 178 points, Ferrari is second with 156 points and Red Bull is third with 107 points. On a track like this when you have to attack kerbs so much it's important you feel at home and have confidence to play around and I think then you can extract a bit more from the vehicle.

Mercedes asked for so few hyper-softs because they believe it will be a poor race tyre but Red Bull proved at the last race in Monaco that they can run it longer and more competitively than other teams and Verstappen is confident he can challenge the Ferraris and Mercedes in the race.

The Dutch driver has endured a hard start to the season after being involved in incidents at every race so far in the 2018 season.

"We have the pace to take the fight to Ferrari and Mercedes".

He edged Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari at 1:12.320.

"I get really exhausted of asking me that I should change my approach", he said at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Montreal's Ile Notre-Dame.

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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