Vettel and Raikkonen subdued after hard day for Ferrari

11 June, 2018, 01:51 | Author: Suzanne Horton
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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. Ricciardo is third in the standings, 38 points behind Hamilton, and Bottas is another four points back, in fourth. We were just trying to figure everything out. 'I will never do that because it has brought me to where I am right now, and after the race it is not the right time to talk.

Bottas said: "It was a good day here in Montreal even though it may not look that strong on the time sheets for us".

Hamilton finished in P4 in FP2 on the supersoft tyres, half a second off pace-setter Max Verstappen.

Lewis Hamilton slipped up in qualifying.

Making the tyres last has always been a concern for teams this season, but something that has been less of a worry is reliability.

When asked Thursday to describe his season so far, Vettel used the word "interesting". Yesterday was very hard but today I switched on.

At the end of FP3, a loss of power for Pierre Gasly meant Honda had to revert to the previous specification of power unit in his auto.

He then shaved 0.012 seconds off that time on his second run using the hypersoft Pirellis to make sure of pole position. You use a lot of curbs, so the auto is jumping up and down. Add in the fact that Montreal is particularly tough on brakes, and it will not be an easy Sunday from a vehicle point of view.

Ricciardo said he felt confident of running well using the "hyper-softs" again in Montreal on the power-hungry Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

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Lewis Hamilton lost ground to his rivals in qualifying

"Yesterday, I wasn't really in charge". We know in qualifying we are missing top speed. "The hyper seems to require something different to the ultra and the others, but we will see tomorrow".

Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz took 13th and 14th.

"We had ups, but we also had some downs", he said. "I still think tomorrow, race day, we will score points and we can get a better feeling".

Vettel won the first two races of the year but did not return to the podium until his second-place finish in Monaco last race.

Red Bull would have spent the weekend evaluating the upgrades from engine suppliers Renault and Honda with an eye to perhaps swapping to the latter next season. "Starting on the softer tyres is also a benefit here and during the race we are competitive".

It's the first pole for Ferrari at the track named for one of its most celebrated drivers since Michael Schumacher in 2001.

"It definitely will have lost performance and so at a power circuit it will probably be magnified".

"Our long runs were really good".


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