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Pole Sitter Vettel Says ‘I could have been even faster’ in Qualifying

Pole Sitter Vettel Says ‘I could have been even faster’ in Qualifying

"It's 50 for me but after a long stretch that Ferrari didn't win here, I saw the people around and they were super happy". It feels like there are no better questions out there than keep asking me about what happened in the previous weekend.

Even in a week as rich in sporting spectacle as any you will see - from Alexander Ovechkin finally winning a Stanley Cup and then celebrating with fans in a Washington fountain, to Justify winning the Triple Crown, to Rafael Nadal taking his 11th title at Roland Garros and Simona Halep winning her first - a Formula One race is a scene to match any on the planet.

The top three kept their positions from the start, with Vettel leading ahead of Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull's Max Verstappen.

Vettel's lap record ensured the Ferrari driver a start from pole position in Canada.

Daniel Ricciardo, a victor two weeks ago in Monaco in another race panned for being tiresome, brought his Red Bull in third, just ahead of defending champion Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes. The Briton has won the last three on the track that seems to suit the Mercedes vehicle with its heavy braking after long straightaways and tight chicanes.

"No big surprises. We thought that Ferrari and Mercedes were going to qualify on the Ultras".

His latest practice crash in Monaco put Verstappen at the back of the grid, and left him facing calls from Red Bull team boss Christian Horner to rethink his approach.

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Hamilton, who had a hard weekend, was unable to find the performance he wanted. Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull have dominated the field this season.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo was fourth for Red Bull, and denied the fastest lap by the early flag waving which meant that did not count.

"We knew that, in general, we're lacking power, so we just try to compensate with that", said Verstappen.

Hamilton will be eager to exact revenge over his Ferrari rival at the French Grand Prix.

"We got pole today for a reason", said Vettel. "In the race, it all calms down a bit so that's why I think we're always a bit more competitive in the race". "We've seen this year it's very close between the three teams and the six drivers so we'll see, but for sure if you start on pole you want to win".

"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.