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

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.

But Ferrari often start weekends slowly only to leap up the timing sheets on Saturday when it matters, and Vettel was only 0.272secs behind Verstappen's pace-setting lap.

"When I heard whispers about a potential penalty here, I was like, 'I'll take it in Paul Ricard, but not here, '" Ricciardo 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.

With Lewis Hamilton in doubt over his long-term future within the sport, Toto Wolff told Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant that he is a fan of Max's style of driving and could become a Mercedes driver when his Red Bull contract expires.

After a strong weekend, Max Verstappen was unable to replicate his pace from the previous three practice sessions and had to settle for the third row on the grid, his lap however still impressive.

Vettel, who is 14 points behind Hamilton in the championship and has a great chance to make up a serious amount of ground, said: "Yesterday we were a bit in trouble and I just couldn't get the rhythm, but today it switched on and what a day". The vehicle has been working really well and we know in qualifying we are missing top speed.

This weekend is round seven of the 2018 Formula 1 World Championship, which takes us to Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, home of the Canadian Grand Prix.

Meanwhile, qualifying didn't start as planned for Romain Grosjean.

Hamilton was third in first qualifying, fifth in second qualifying and fourth after the first runs in the top 10 shoot-out.

Red Bull's decision to lock themselves in to starting the race on the fast but brittle hypersoft after running the compound on both their cars in Q2 throws a curveball in to Sunday's opening stint given both Ferrari and Mercedes are starting on a harder compound, the ultrasoft.

But Bottas and Hamilton may have been set back by the team's inability to get an updated engine ready in time for the race, while Ferrari and Red Bull both had new parts.

He said: "I am happy with this weekend so far".

The McLarens were slowest out there, with Ricciardo setting a new track record of 1:11.434 as the clock ticked down to zero. "I think we need a little bit more time to get everything together and then we'll see where we are".



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