Sebastian Vettel 'surprised' by one Red Bull decision during Canadian GP qualifying

Sebastian Vettel 'surprised' by one Red Bull decision during Canadian GP qualifying

"It was great to carry the momentum we've had this year into qualifying", said Vettel, who took pole position for the fourth time in seven races this season.

It was the 300th F1 race for two-time champion Fernando Alonso of McLaren, good for fourth all-time.

In the final five laps, Hamilton pushed Ricciardo hard in the battle for fourth but the Australian - victor at Monaco last time out - just held on with the four-time world champion forced to relinquish his standings lead as he recorded his lowest placing of the season.

Vettel set the pace throughout the Q3 top 10 shootout, posting a time of 1m10.776s on his first run to take top spot.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo, victorious in Monaco two weeks ago, was sixth in the second Red Bull as his team-mate Verstappen, who had been fastest throughout practice, continued to deliver a flawless riposte to his critics.

Hamilton's bid for a record-equalling seventh victory in Montreal was compromised from the start of the race with his engine suffering from cooling problems.

The Ferrari driver was back at his best in Montreal, doing enough to beat the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas and start at the front of the grid in Sunday's race, setting a best time of 1m10.764s.

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"I think we looked quite competitive and it was a positive start to the weekend".

Vettel wasn't happy about the number of cars on track unaware of the drivers approaching them on a flying lap.

Hamilton retains a slim lead over Vettel in driver standings and will likely challenge the German when racing begins in earnest.

"We knew that, in general, we're lacking power, so we just try to compensate with that", said Verstappen.

The Finn added: "It's always annoying when it's so close and we're not ahead - but starting on the front row is good for this race". Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull have dominated the field this season.

"This morning when I went out straight away it felt a lot better". Kimi Raikkonen, in the second Ferrari, was sixth. Early on he told his team he was having "dropouts of power" from the auto, which was from the power unit running too hot in the first stint.

"It's still a long way, so I'm not too bothered to be honest", he said of reclaiming the points lead. We're trying to compensate for that.

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