Vettel fastest in final Canadian GP practice

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Sebastian Vettel put Ferrari on pole at the Canadian Grand Prix for the second consecutive year on Saturday, snatching top spot from Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton at the death with a breath-taking lap. He will start third from the back in Sunday's race.

"This is the worst experience I have ever had in any race care".

Hamilton apologized for the mistake on the team radio.

"I would make it harder for the drivers", he said. "If I had a choice, I would go back to V12s - naturally aspirated engines". "So, I'm not sure what his reasoning is behind it".

His lap was more than 0.2 sec clear of Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes and nearly 0.7 sec quicker than his teammate Charles Leclerc, in third.

It looked like Hamilton would snag his record seventh pole at Montreal's 4.361-kilometre Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Not only did it end his session, but it affected several other drivers on their final attempts to qualify for the top 10, ironically including teammate Romain Grosjean, who was on his sole fast lap immediately behind Magnussen when he crashed.

The pair's cars stayed apart but Hamilton's Mercedes almost hurtled into the near-side wall in an incident which left him fuming over team radio.

Vettel refused to park his auto in the No 2 spot as he jumped out of the cockpit to push it back away from where he needed to be, leaving that spot blank when Hamilton and Leclerc arrived.

NOTES: Hamilton has won six of the past 11 Canadian Grand Prix races.

Hamilton, who similarly lost a win in Spa with a time penalty for cutting a corner in 2008, said: "That's not the way I wanted to win but I would've been past". "I love to fight with another team, and today was just so close". We were swapping all the way.

"It's a wider point I am speaking of. That would be fantastic".

This weekend, the Formula One fraternity heads to Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix.

The polesitter has won the last four Canadian Grand Prix races.

Asked after qualifying if his performance was a sure sign of a turnaround for Ferrari after its disappointing first six races, Vettel would not commit to such a conclusion.

"It's very bumpy, very rough". If you get it right, it feels great. "But I think in the heyday, it was not a show but an event that was full of emotion".

Lance Stroll continued his run of Q1 exits in 18th place, although he switched to his early-season engine after suffering a failure of his new "Phase 2" Mercedes in Saturday's practice session and lapped just 0.069s slower than teammate Perez. "We deserved to win now and that is our opinion", he said. So coming here and showing the stronger form than we have had in the last races was positive. That's how it is. Alfa Romeo's Kimi Raikkonen was eliminated in the first round of qualifying for the first time since 2015. Coming through the final chicane, Magnussen tapped the Wall of Champions with his rear-right wheel before his vehicle speared across the track and slammed into the pit wall, causing a significant amount of damage to the Haas VF-19.

Red Bull Racing had a poor day with Pierre Gasly and Max Verstappen only 12th and 13th.

And the German has now ended a long-running drought when it comes to starting at the very front of the grid on a Sunday.

  • Salvatore Jensen