Sebastian Vettel bags Ferrari's first Canada pole since 2001

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"I got the job done", Vettel said.

"There will be times where it's probably going to be frustrating but at the end of the day I guess it's in his control".

Mercedes' decision to choose the fewest number of hyper-soft tyres for this weekend out of all the teams may have contributed as neither driver had tried them until Saturday morning, but Hamilton can not blame only that as Bottas ended up on the front row.

Sebastian Vettel stormed to pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix fending off the challenge from Mercedes and Red Bull to clinch Ferrari's first pole in Montreal since 2001.

If Hamilton is to secure what would be a record seventh pole in Canada on Saturday the Briton will have to squeeze more out an engine that is running in its seventh race. Yesterday we had a couple of small lock-ups but not a lot and as you continue to push the set-up there are areas that can be affected. You could see in Monaco that we have a great vehicle and it's very unfortunate that we don't have the top speed to compete all the time.

Daniel Ricciardo, victorious in Monaco two weeks ago, was sixth in the second Red Bull as his team mate Verstappen, who had been fastest throughout practice, continued to deliver a flawless riposte to his critics. Obviously, Max showed some pace, so I think there's a bit for us to learn.

Before qualifying began, Pierre Gasly was forced to resort to the old-spec Honda power unit prior to the start of the qualifying session.

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Once the main teams emerged, Vettel was soon quickest for Ferrari before swapping fastest laps with Raikkonen as the Mercedes men struggled to keep pace.

"It was great to carry the momentum we've had this year into qualifying", said Vettel, who took pole position for the fourth time in seven races this season.

Hamilton leads Vettel by 14 points in the championship heading into the weekend, with Ricciardo third, 38 points off the lead.

"There would have been gains and I think it would have been a close fight for the pole with the new engine parts, but we're going to get it later", said Bottas.

The Red Bull has looked quick all weekend and Verstappen believes his auto will be better in the race especially as they are starting on the soft tyre.

The young Dutchman Verstappen clocked 1:12.198 seconds.

The Dutch driver has endured a hard start to the season after being involved in incidents at every race so far in the 2018 season.