Sebastian Vettel pips Lewis Hamilton to Canadian Grand Prix pole position

June 9 2019 , 10:56 pm

Sebastian Vettel snatched pole position off Lewis Hamilton in a thrilling Canadian GP qualifying, delivering a much-needed result for Ferrari.

Vettel beat Hamilton by two tenths of a second with his final lap to secure his first pole since last year’s German GP, and Ferrari’s second of the season.

Charles Leclerc was third but more than half a second off his Ferrari team-mate, while Valtteri Bottas could only manage sixth after making mistakes on both his laps in Q3.

Instead Daniel Ricciardo grabbed a superb fourth for Renault, ahead of Red Bull’s Pierre Gasly..

Max Verstappen, who is fourth in the championship, was the shock absentee from Q3 after failing to post a time on soft tyres in Q2 due to Kevin Magnussen’s huge crash.

Verstappen initially went out on the mediums as Red Bull looked to follow Mercedes and Ferrari’s race tyre strategy, but after only managing 11th place he had to emerge for another lap. He was on for a quick time and a safe Q3 progression before Magnussen clattered into the famous Wall of Champions at the last chicane, then smashing into the pit wall.

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