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Vettel takes F1 title lead with Canada win

10 June 2018

That's if Canadiens fans still remember what that sounds like.

The German will start in the favoured position on the front row of the grid for Sunday's race alongside Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes. He also won it in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Lap 56: After closing to within three seconds of Vettel, Bottas makes a mistake at the first corner and runs off track to lose significant lap time to the Ferrari. Circuit Gilles Villeneuve... Gilles is huge for Ferrari and Canada is linked to that name.

"We think it's a good tyre for us, and in the long run [in practice] I felt good on it", he explained. You can see there's a lot of flags.

"I think when we look back on this weekend we will accept the fact that, yeah, in hindsight, it would have been nice if we had more time to prepare on the hyper-soft, but it wasn't the case", he told reporters.

"It was great to carry the momentum we've had this year into qualifying", said Vettel, who took pole position for the fourth time in seven races this season.

With Italy failing to qualify for soccer's World Cup, Ferrari is about the only thing Italian sports fans around the world have to cheer about this summer.

The likely reason is, at the first race the pink-striped Pirelli was used two weeks ago in Monaco, Red Bull was the only team to really extract a good race pace from it without suffering from too much graining or degradation. I think I've had interesting races here, very entertaining races, fun races.

But ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix, Verstappen made clear he was unimpressed by both those pleas for him to calm down, and by people pushing him more on what has happened this year. "In general, I like coming here".

Despite that knowledge, it was still a disappointing Saturday for the team as they laboured to 14th and 15th on the grid, with their ability to avoid a Q1 exit aided to some degree by the power unit problems for Grosjean and Gasly. The Scuderia Ferrari Club of Montreal was the first fan club in North America sanctioned by Ferrari headquarters in Maranello. It would be much more of a problem if I would be really slow, because that is a critical problem.' When pushed further to explain why he had crashed so much this year, Verstappen replied: 'Like I said I get a bit exhausted of all the questions.

Vettel takes F1 title lead with Canada win