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Sebastian Vettel 'surprised' by one Red Bull decision during Canadian GP qualifying

Sebastian Vettel 'surprised' by one Red Bull decision during Canadian GP qualifying

With a new engine upgrade fitted to Vettel's vehicle this weekend, Ferrari was expected to be one of the favourites in Canada but Vettel was not happy with his performance after he was restricted to just 17 laps in second practice due to auto issues at the start of the session.

This year marks the 55th edition of the Canadian Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Parc Jean-Drapeau.

Before the race on Sunday, the vehicle Villeneuve used in 1978 will be driven by his 47-year-old son Jacques, the 1997 world champion, to lead the ceremonial parade lap. "I'm sure it's going to be on the way soon".

With pole position and a dominant win that left main title rival Mercedes very upset, the German was full of emotion at a victory that had helped reignite the world championship battle. At some point I was saying 'OK when am I allowed to drive again?' I was looking down, changing something, then looking back. "It's great when you have a session like that".

Max Verstappen, who was quickest in all three pre-qualifying practice sessions, placed third and will start in the second row next to Hamilton, whose run of three straight Canadian poles ended.

This left Vettel and Bottas out in front, 24 seconds ahead of Verstappen, but still running on their original ultra-softs.

His engine was six races old but Hamilton would have expected better.

The semi-permanent track combines long straights with tight chicanes and each team sets up their auto to maximize straight line speed, although the cars also need to deliver a good ride over the relatively tall curbs. It is a strong track for us, but all weekend long we did little mistakes, from the beginning on. Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull have dominated the field this season.

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

Stroll, 19, was in is second Canadian GP. "But it showed in Monaco that we have a great auto".

With Vettel's team mate Kimi Raikkonen taking sixth, Ferrari also closed the gap on Mercedes in the constructors' standings, with the deficit now down to 17 points.

"I think after the stop, we had a sequence of".

Vettel sees another chance to honour the memory of Gilles Villeneuve, who died in a crash at the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix, with a Ferrari win.

They'll say "next car", that sort of thing.

"I think Ferrari have had a slightly better package all round, they've been doing a slightly better job so we've got to do more". I was very happy with my first lap, and then there was a Safety Car, and I was like 'no!' But then I had a good restart, so I stayed out of trouble, and then I was able to open a gap gradually, control the pace.


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