Sebastian Vettel no longer felt like 'a passenger' in his Ferrari

Daniel Ricciardo

"Yesterday, we were in a bit of trouble", Vettel said.

Vettel replied when told the year of Ferrari's last pole position in Canada.

Asked why he had experienced so many crashes, he paused before he said: "I don't know".

Vettel called the incident "ridiculous" on the radio at the time, and questioned what the drivers involved - Valtteri Bottas, Nico Hulkenberg, Carlos Sainz and Kevin Magnussen - were doing.

Verstappen had topped the timesheets in practice but in qualifying the Red Bull driver was pipped to pole by a Sebastian Vettel in the Ferrari. Vettel's best lap time of one minute 10.776 seconds bested the record of 1:11.459 set a year ago by Mercedes ace Lewis Hamilton. "Yesterday we were in trouble in practice as I wasn't really happy with the auto because we had some problems and I couldn't get the rhythm".

Asked what he needed to do in Montreal to avert a repeat, where the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve's infamous "Wall of Champions" awaits the unwary, he replied: "Not hit the wall". That left Red Bull with zero points on a day it could have gained ground on championship leader Lewis Hamilton, and earned the drivers a talking-to from their team. "The auto was working well, but we are still lacking a bit of top speed and you could see that in the long runs".

"I think they'll be at this stage hard to beat, but I think we can still improve the auto a lot, do more laps, learn a bit more and I think we'll be okay".

"We extracted the best we could out of qualifying".

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

The Red Bull has looked quick all weekend and Verstappen believes his vehicle will be better in the race especially as they are starting on the soft tyre. It will be interesting to see how it does in the start of the race, especially because Red Bull will start on the hypersoft.

Red Bull have chosen to start the race on the fastest but most fragile "hyper-soft" tyre, while both Mercedes and Ferrari chose to go through second qualifying, which defines the race-start tyre, on the more durable ultra-soft.

The young Dutchman Verstappen clocked 1:12.198 seconds. "If we can escape this weekend without it, then I'd rather take it somewhere else".

Mercedes were first out in Q3 and smashed the records, Bottas topping Hamilton in 1:10.857 before Vettel beat that.

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