Why Mercedes is the real Canada favourite - F1

Why Mercedes is the real Canada favourite - F1

Hamilton, Vettel and Ricciardo are the only three drivers who have topped podiums so far in 2018, although the Finnish pair of Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) and Raikkonen have looked like threats at times.

Villeneuve drove for Ferrari for five years, claiming six victories, before he was tragically killed in qualifying for the 1982 Belgian GP, and Vettel savoured claiming the Scuderia's first pole in Montreal since 2001. Max Verstappen was third for Red Bull, with Vettel's championship rival Lewis Hamilton only fourth.

"A little bit obviously frustrating not to get many laps, but the problem doesn't seem dramatic".

"Being on pole here with Ferrari means something extra". Circuit Gilles Villeneuve... Gilles is huge for Ferrari and Canada is linked to that name.

"Our goal is to finish every single race so I'm hoping for the reliability and I can try and make the difference on the track with my driving". "I quickly saw that it was going to be hard to take pole position but you always do your best and try to get the best out of the vehicle". "It's great when you have a session like that".

He retired in Azerbaijan after a collision with Ricciardo and in China he tangled with Hamilton and Vettel, finishing fifth after a 10-second penalty demoted him from fourth, while Ricciardo won the race. Some things that we tried and some things that I think we need to work on.

The Dutchman, who has had a hard start to the season with a series of crashes and errors, said: "I am really happy with this weekend so far".

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"Today we're not the favourites", Vettel said.

The young Dutchman clocked the best time of the day in the afternoon session, one minute, 12.198 seconds, ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull team mate and Monaco Grand Prix victor Daniel Ricciardo.

"We extracted the best we could out of qualifying". Maybe in the first half of the circuit a bit more.

"We were briefly talking about what we wanted to do, trying to figure everything out".

"With the new engine, everything they were testing and the numbers, there would have been gains and I think it would have been a close fight for pole".

However, when asked a similar question during the official FIA press conference on Thursday morning, he added: "I'm getting really exhausted of all the questions".

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