Vettel takes F1 title lead with Canada win

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He left a heritage, so I think the people who fell in love with motorsport back then are still there, and their kids and grandchildren. The Scuderia are the most successful team at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve with 11 wins but they had not had a victory here since Schumacher won in 2004.

Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes will start beside Vettel on the front row.

Vettel, who stuck his Ferrari auto on pole position with a stunning performance in qualifying by breaking the lap record with a 1:10.764, will be starting on the ultrasoft compound and said it never crossed their mind to think otherwise.

He was less happy with a quote this week from F1 legend Niki Lauda, who said Red Bull's Max Verstappen reminded him most of Gilles Villeneuve among current drivers. The Briton has won the last three on the track that seems to suit the Mercedes auto with its heavy braking after long straightaways and tight chicanes.

Hamilton tops the championship leaderboard as he pursues his fifth Formula One title.

Now there is also a huge gap between the top six (Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull) and the rest of the field - a gap that was up to almost a full minute Sunday with a dozen laps to go. The The Red Bulls will be the ones to look out for at the start.

Montreal had been a Mercedes stronghold in the current hybrid engine era but Wolff accepts Ferrari simply had a "stronger car" this weekend and that past success counts for little this season.

When asked if he felt Red Bull had the pace for pole after seeing teammate Daniel Ricciardo go quickest in Q2, he said: "I knew we had a good auto, but I wanted to wait and see how competitive we would be in Q3".

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

"With the long straights it's hard to fight for pole position".

Since I first began covering the race, we've been talking about the problems with overtaking, the way drivers tended to lock in to certain places and hold them for the duration.

Daniel Ricciardo was sixth fastest, lapping just two-hundredths of a second off Raikkonen.

Hamilton will be eager to exact revenge over his Ferrari rival at the French Grand Prix.

"Today we switched on".

"I think when we look back on this weekend we will accept the fact that, yeah, in hindsight, it would have been nice if we had more time to prepare on the hyper-soft, but it wasn't the case", he told reporters. But the Finn says that it's the race strategy that could prove the decisive factor.

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