Sebastian Vettel sets course record to claim pole for Montreal Grand Prix

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"A situation like this for Vettel when he is coming up fast - in the end he still got pole, so no harm, no foul, which was good", he said.

Vettel's performance means Ferrari will start from pole position at the Canadian Grand Prix for the first time in 17 years, and he sent a warning to his rivals. There was a little bit more, but I'm still happy.

Vettel put Friday's troubles behind him and narrowly edged Valtteri Bottas by 0.093s to secure top spot on the grid.

Not only was it Ferrari's first pole in Canada since 2001, this weekend's race marks the 40th anniversary of the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal - with the inaugural race being won by Ferrari legend and the driver the circuit is named after, Gilles Villeneuve.

Vettel steered his Ferrari over the 4.36km track in 1 minute 10.764 seconds to deprive Briton Lewis Hamilton of a record seventh pole in Montreal. Overtaking is relatively straightforward, speeds are high and the cars are pushed to their limits; likewise, the concrete walls punish any mistakes heavily but the drivers need the confidence to use all of the track, especially in qualifying where even the smallest of margins count. After leading all three practice sessions, Red Bull driver Max Verstappen will start third, alongside Hamilton.

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Before qualifying began, Pierre Gasly was forced to resort to the old-spec Honda power unit prior to the start of the qualifying session.

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

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 young Dutchman Verstappen clocked 1:12.198 seconds.

"I'm getting really exhausted of all the questions", said the 20-year-old, who has fewer than half the points of Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo ahead of Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix.

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