Canadian GP: Vettel beats Hamilton to end pole drought

Sebastian Vettel claimed his first pole position of the 2019 Formula 1 season in qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix.

Canadian GP: Vettel beats Hamilton to end pole drought

The Ferrari driver was second fastest after the first runs in Q3, but put in a superb lap to jump Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton and take top spot by 0.206s.

Hamilton did improve on his second run, but only by 0.047s, which was more than enough to ensure he retained a front-row starting position.

Charles Leclerc, in the second Ferrari, had a slow run in the final sector on his final lap and ended up almost four tenths slower than Hamilton in third place. He faces an investigation after the session for rejoining the track at Turn 8/9 after driving on the wrong side of the marker bollard earlier in qualifying.

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All of the top three will start on medium-compound Pirellis having used that tyre spec in Q2, as will the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas.

Renault driver Daniel Ricciardo claimed a superb fourth on the grid, pipping Red Bull driver Pierre Gasly by just 0.008s.

Bottas abandoned his first run in Q3 after spinning exiting Turn 2 and had a difficult lap on his second set of tyres. He suffered several lock-ups and ended up down in sixth, 0.861s off the pace.

Nico Hulkenberg, in the second Renault, was seventh ahead of McLaren duo Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz.

Sainz was 2.1s slower than Norris after aborting his final lap having had to run on a used set of softs to set his time on the first run.

Sainz will be investigated after the session for impeding Toro Rosso driver Alex Albon in Turn 2 during Q1.

Kevin Magnussen was 10th but unable to participate in Q3 after crashing coming out of the final corner on his final push lap in Q2 and bringing a premature end to the session.

The Haas driver lost the rear out of the final part of the chicane and tagged the wall before spinning heavily into the pitwall on the inside of the track.

Magnussen's crash led to the elimination of Red Bull driver Max Verstappen in Q2 in 11th place, as he was on a lap on soft Pirellis at the time that would have got him comfortably into the top 10 shootout.

Verstappen had used mediums for his first run in Q2 in the hope of being able to start on the more durable tyre, but didn't hook up a strong enough lap and complained about traffic, forcing him to go again.

Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat only had one set of fresh softs for Q2, putting in a lap good enough for 12th and beating Alfa Romeo driver Antonio Giovinazzi.

Alex Albon, in the second Toro Rosso, was 14th fastest ahead of the second Haas of Romain Grosjean and suggested his tyre preparation was compromised by having to rush out at the start of his final run after being delayed by the weighbridge.

Grosjean did not set a time in Q2 thanks to only having one set of fresh softs and then being caught out by Magnussen's crash ahead of him on his quick lap.

Racing Point driver Sergio Perez didn't improve by enough as he took the chequered flag in Q1 to escape the drop zone.

He jumped up to 16th place, 0.033s faster than Alfa Romeo driver Kimi Raikkonen – who had been bumped by teammate Antonio Giovinazzi a few seconds earlier.

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.

As usual, the Williams drivers battled it out for last place with George Russell 19th and 1.351s behind Stroll.

Robert Kubica was last after lapping 0.776s slower than his teammate.

Cla Driver Chassis Time Gap
1 Germany Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari 1'10.240
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton
Mercedes 1'10.446 0.206
3 Monaco Charles Leclerc
Ferrari 1'10.920 0.680
4 Australia Daniel Ricciardo
Renault 1'11.071 0.831
5 France Pierre Gasly
Red Bull 1'11.079 0.839
6 Finland Valtteri Bottas
Mercedes 1'11.101 0.861
7 Germany Nico Hulkenberg
Renault 1'11.324 1.084
8 United Kingdom Lando Norris
McLaren 1'11.863 1.623
9 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr.
McLaren 1'13.981 3.741
10 Denmark Kevin Magnussen
Haas
11 Netherlands Max Verstappen
Red Bull 1'11.800 1.560
12 Russian Federation Daniil Kvyat
Toro Rosso 1'11.921 1.681
13 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi
Alfa Romeo 1'12.136 1.896
14 Thailand Alex Albon
Toro Rosso 1'12.193 1.953
15 France Romain Grosjean
Haas
16 Mexico Sergio Perez
Racing Point 1'12.197 1.957
17 Finland Kimi Raikkonen
Alfa Romeo 1'12.230 1.990
18 Canada Lance Stroll
Racing Point 1'12.266 2.026
19 United Kingdom George Russell
Williams 1'13.617 3.377
20 Poland Robert Kubica
Williams 1'14.393 4.153
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