Hamilton looking forward to qualifying on hyper-soft tyres

Hamilton looking forward to qualifying on hyper-soft tyres

The Red Bull driver said at a news conference Thursday before the Canadian Grand Prix that he's exhausted of questions about the crash in Azerbaijan that also knocked out teammate Daniel Ricciardo, or the one in Monaco that sent him to the back of the grid.

Hamilton leads Vettel by 14 points in the standings after six races and will be determined not to allow him to cut substantially into that cushion. Circuit Gilles Villeneuve... Gilles is huge for Ferrari and Canada is linked to that name. "I think if I get any more I might headbutt someone". You can see there are a lot of flags. But dig deeper and it's clear that, actually, Hamilton and Mercedes are shaping up strongly for this weekend.

"The vehicle was incredible in qualifying - it just kept getting quicker".

Right behind him will be Vettel, who took a first Canadian pole position for Ferrari since seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher in 2001. "It's great when you have a session like that".

It will be just the second time that the 33-year-old has started behind the front row in Montreal having grown accustomed to dominating on this circuit.

Lance Stroll of Montreal, the first Canadian to race in F1 since Jacques Villeneuve left in 2006, qualified 17th as his Williams team's struggles continued.

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff said Bottas' narrow deficit to Vettel - 0.093s - could not purely be blamed on limited running on the hypersoft given Mercedes would also have benefited from an upgraded engine this weekend had the team not run into late reliability concerns with the new units earlier this week.

Hamilton will start from behind the front-row in Montreal for the first time in seven years
Hamilton will start from behind the front-row in Montreal for the first time in seven years

The Ferrari driver has just one Montreal victory on his board, winning in 2013 with Red Bull.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, the 2014 Canadian GP victor, is coming off a victory two weeks ago in Monaco. Yesterday was very hard but today I switched on.

"It's very hard. We have a great auto but our whole package is not the best on every single track and we just have to accept that. Definitely just in that corner alone it was pole position for sure". If the start goes well and we gain a position or two, then I don't think a podium is unrealistic as long as we get the hypers [-soft tyres] to lap whatever it is to still do a one stop.

Another Finn, Kimi Raikkonen was sixth in the second Ferrari ahead of two-time champion Fernando Alonso of McLaren and fellow Spaniard Carlos Sainz of Renault.

"Even though Max was quick all throughout practice we still thought the chance of pole was a bit of an outside shot". Yesterday I wasn't really in charge, I was more of a passenger.

"Our dad liked it and we got into it", said Colwin Whitaker a young Formula One fan.

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