'The auto was incredible' - Vettel after stunning Canada pole

Heather Diaz
June 9, 2018

"Today was a good day, the vehicle is working very well".

Raikkonen was only one-tenth of a second off the pace set by Verstappen, but said it was an uncomfortable day's work.

"I think we looked quite competitive and it was a positive start to the weekend". Ericsson hit the wall on the exit of Turn 9 and had to return to the pits, but was lucky the incident was not more severe as a Red Bull - just off line on the exit of the corner - almost collected the Swede as he bounced off the concrete.

Vettel, who is 14 points behind Hamilton in the championship and has a great chance to make up a serious amount of ground, said: "Yesterday we were a bit in trouble and I just couldn't get the rhythm, but today it switched on and what a day".

Despite his hard start to the season, Verstappen is often praised for being one of the exciting drivers and prospects in Formula 1, with many believing he's a champion waiting for his chance.

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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Vettel trails Hamilton - a six-time victor in Canada - by 14 points in the drivers' standings, but his title rival will start down in fourth, behind Verstappen but ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Ricciardo. "Kimi I think was happier on one lap so probably he's one of the favourites, I'm not, but we'll see tomorrow". I guess it's just a little bit more finesse. His best lap was the slowest in the field at 1:17.145, but he was there just to get the feel of an F1 auto and help the team test it on two types of tires.

"I'm really exhausted of all the comments about me - that I should change my approach", he said. The main thing was to get through the program, which we did.

Hamilton was unusually out of sorts on a track where he has excelled so many times and a series of mistakes left him struggling to keep up with his rivals.

"A lot of laps, good information that's been absorbed", the 19-year-old said. Overtaking is relatively straightforward, speeds are high and the cars are pushed to their limits; likewise, the concrete walls punish any mistakes heavily but the drivers need the confidence to use all of the track, especially in qualifying where even the smallest of margins count.

Latifi was named reserve driver by Force India this season after serving in a similar role with Renault. A year later, he won the Spanish Grand Prix and became the youngest victor in F1 history.

Ricciardo is third in the standings, but he also failed to finish two races.

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