Pole position for Sebastian Vettel in Montréal

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By Olivier Ferret

8 June 2019 - 21:26
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Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel claimed his first pole position of the 2019 Formula 1 season, beating championship leader Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes by two tenths of a second to secure top spot on the grid for tomorrow’s Canadian Grand Prix. Charles Leclerc took third place ahead of Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo.

In Q1 Sebastian Vettel topped the timesheet with a lap of 1:11.200. That left him 0.014s ahead of Ferrari team-mate Leclerc and 0.029s in front of third-placed Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes. Max Verstappen progressed to Q2 with a time of 1:11.619, a lap that was good enough for fifth place behind Hamilton.

Eliminated at the end of Q1 were 16th-placed Sergio Pérez of Racing Point ahead of Sauber’s Kimi Räikkönen, the second Racing Point of local favourite Lance Stroll and the Williams cars of George Russell and Robert Kubica.

Q2 saw the Ferrari and Mercedes drivers emerge on medium tyres, with Verstappen replicating the move moments later.

But while the Ferrari and Mercedes men out in laps good enough to secure progression to Q2, with Hamilton in P1 ahead of Bottas and Vettel, soft-tyre shod red Bull driver Pierre Gasly and Leclerc, Verstappen was struggling. Both of the Dutchman’s quick laps on medium tyres were hampered by traffic and in P11 ahead of the final runs he was forced to make the switch to soft tyres and go out on track for a final attempt at qualification.

With tea-mate Gasly just a few tenths off the pace Verstappen looked sure to advance on the softest compound but it was not to be.

Ahead of the Dutchman on track Kevin Magnussen lost control at the final chicane and hit the Wall of Champions. The Haas driver slid across the track, hit the opposite wall and cam to rest in the middle of the track.

Verstappen’s lap was ruined and he was eliminated in P11 ahead of Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat, Sauber’s Antonio Giovinazzi, the second Toro of Alex Albon and the second Haas of Romain Grosjean.

In the final top-10 shootout Hamilton claimed provisional position with an impressive time of 1:10.493. That left him a little under two tenths clear of Vettel with Leclerc in third place ahead of Gasly.

In the final runs though, Vettel found an extra reserve of pace and powered to pole position and a new track record with a lap of 1:10.240 two tenths of a second ahead of Hamilton. Leclerc took third place but Pierre was edged out of P4 by just nine thousandths of a second by Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo and the Frenchman thus matched his career best grid slot of fifth, established in Bahrain last year.

Pierre’s time was good enough to beat the second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas, however, and the Finn will start from P6 ahead of the second Renault of Nico Hulkenberg, McLaren’s Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz.

Pos.DriverTeamQ1 timeQ2 timeQ3 time
01 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari SF90 1:11.200 1:11.142 1:10.240
02 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes W10 1:11.518 1:11.010 1:10.446
03 Charles Leclerc Ferrari SF90 1:11.214 1:11.205 1:10.920
04 Daniel Ricciardo Renault RS19 1:11.837 1:11.532 1:11.071
05 Pierre Gasly Red Bull Honda RB15 1:12.023 1:11.196 1:11.079
06 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes W10 1:11.229 1:11.095 1:11.101
07 Nico Hülkenberg Renault RS19 1:11.720 1:11.553 1:11.324
08 Lando Norris McLaren Renault MCL34 1:11.780 1:11.735 1:11.863
09 Carlos Sainz McLaren Renault MCL34 1:11.750 1:11.572 1:13.981
10 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari VF-19 1:12.107 1:11.786 -:—.---
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11 Max Verstappen Red Bull Honda RB15 1:11.619 1:11.800
12 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso Honda STR14 1:11.965 1:11.921
13 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Ferrari C38 1:12.122 1:12.136
14 Alex Albon Toro Rosso Honda STR14 1:12.020 1:12.193
15 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari VF-19 1:12.109 -:—.---
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16 Sergio Pérez Racing Point Mercedes RP19 1:12.197
17 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Ferrari C38 1:12.230
18 Lance Stroll Racing Point Mercedes RP19 1:12.266
19 George Russell Williams Mercedes FW42 1:13.617
20 Robert Kubica Williams Mercedes FW42 1:14.393

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