Why Mercedes is the real Canada favourite - F1

Canadian Grand Prix - Strategy guide

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".

"We got pole today for a reason", said Vettel.

Vettel trails Hamilton by 14 points in the drivers' standings but will be confident of eating into that deficit after qualifying first with a track record of one minute and 10.764 seconds at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Ferrari team-mate Vettel went on to secure pole position, his fourth of the season.

It meant Hamilton lost a place to Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo at his stop, and the Briton had a nervy moment when Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen emerged alongside him after his much later stop.

Quebec ticket takes Friday night’s $60M Lotto Max jackpot
Another lucky lotto victor in the Thunder Bay area is $500,000 richer following last week's Maxmillions draw. Players must match all seven numbers, in any one set, to win the jackpot or the Maxmillions prizes.

Hamilton will have to cope with the supercharged Verstappen starting from third - the Dutchman having responded to his critics in flawless fashion since he threatened to "head-butt" someone on Thursday when irked by persistent questions about his many crashes this year. "When we got to qualifying, honestly we knew it was going to be very close as it was, but in my heart, I truly feel like we had the pace to lock out the front row, or at least I had the pace to be on the front row". The auto is working well and we're just missing out on top speed. "I think we can do a good job".

Mercedes, who chose not to introduce their new upgraded power units in Montreal and struggled to extract the best from the "hyper-soft" tyre, saw Hamilton struggle to find the form that has enabled him to dominate in the past.

Sebastian Vettel was pretty happy with his effort to take pole in Montreal - a lap record at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. "I wasn't happy with the vehicle - we had some problems, and I just couldn't get the rhythm". Fortunately the forecast looks good this year, with only partly cloudy skies predicted for both Saturday's qualifying and Sunday's race.

Hamilton tops the championship leaderboard as he pursues his fifth Formula One title. After leading all three practice sessions, Max Verstappen will start third, alongside Hamilton.

Vettel was aware enough of the error to complete the full distance at racing speed, although after he crossed the line at the end of the 70th and final lap, the race result was then based on positions at the end of lap 68.

Related:

  • Ebola death toll rises to 27

    Ebola death toll rises to 27

    On the front lines of the outbreak, health officials use a tool called contact tracing to break the chain of transmission of the Ebola virus.
    Trump floats possibility of pardoning Muhammad Ali

    Trump floats possibility of pardoning Muhammad Ali

    Trump said he has a list of 3,000 names of people who have been "treated unfairly" that he's considering executive clemency for. The family attorney for Ali said the family appreciates the sentiment of the pardon but that it is "unnecessary".
    Radicalised Stockholm truck attacker jailed for life

    Radicalised Stockholm truck attacker jailed for life

    More than 100 people testified during the almost-three-month trial in a high-security chamber, including survivors and relatives. Akilov's defence attorney Johan Eriksson said his client was "disappointed that he was sentenced to life".
  • China's trade surplus with US grew, while global gap shrank

    China's trade surplus with US grew, while global gap shrank

    For January-May, the surplus stood at $104.85 billion, compared with about $92.9 billion in the same period previous year . During the talks, China promised to expand imports of American farm produce and energy to cut the surplus.
    Prince William to join motorbike fans at the Isle of Man TT

    Prince William to join motorbike fans at the Isle of Man TT

    THE Duke of Cambridge couldn't stop grinning as he crouched over the handlebars of a 208mph motorbike at the Isle of Man TT. We talked about his bikes and the fact that he has put it on the back-burner a little bit because of his children now'.

    Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem for 11th French Open title

    Regardless of who wins this year's Roland Garros, tennis players are in for a treat in both the men's and women's competitions. Nadal came in looking slightly more vulnerable than he did a year ago , in which he lost only 35 games in claiming the title.
  • Iraqi ballot box storage site catches fire in Baghdad

    Iraqi ballot box storage site catches fire in Baghdad

    Fewer than 45 percent of voters cast a ballot, a record low, and allegations of fraud began nearly immediately after the vote. Around 60 percent of Baghdad's two million eligible voters had cast their ballots in the May election in Al-Russafa district.
    LeBron James praises Kevin Durant while throwing shade at the Trail Blazers

    LeBron James praises Kevin Durant while throwing shade at the Trail Blazers

    Although history favors the Warriors after winning Game 3, Durant knows that the team still has more work to do in the next game. Houston, the only team to play the Warriors tough since Durant got to Golden State, could be a much different team next season.
    Trump split with G7 allies because Kim ‘must not see weakness’

    Trump split with G7 allies because Kim ‘must not see weakness’

    In response, Trump tweeted on his way to Singapore that he instructed USA representatives not to endorse the communique. And as the 45th President celebrates his first year in office , we take at his funniest pics from the past 365 days.
  • Media Workout Notes & Quotes: Crawford and Horn Prepare for Las Vegas Showdown

    Media Workout Notes & Quotes: Crawford and Horn Prepare for Las Vegas Showdown

    Numerous fighters from Saturday's card worked out for the media Wednesday at the MGM Grand. Horn, the nicest man in Australian sport grinned back and replied: "Yeah, I'm ready".

    Reported Killed in Missile Attack in Saudi Arabia

    The Saudi-led coalition, which includes the UAE, intervened in the Yemen war in 2015 at the request of Mr Hadi's government.
    Vince Vaughn Arrested for DUI

    Vince Vaughn Arrested for DUI

    He was arrested and charged with DWI and resisting, while the passenger he was with was charged with public intoxication. Vince Vaughn was arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning, Manhattan Beach law enforcement have confirmed.

Comments

Latest news

Oil Prices dip on fall in China demand
May shipments were 39.05 million tonnes, or 9.2 million barrels per day (bpd), according to the General Administration of Customs. OPEC-member Iraq said on Wednesday a production increase was not on the table. "I think it is going to be very choppy", he said.

Donald Trump says National Basketball Association champion won't be invited to White House
If you focus on who is saying the right things, you shouldn't get lost in the noise that's going on right now. So I want to give him full credit when his team beats the Cleveland Cavaliers for another league championship.

Chris Woakes out of Scotland ODI
The hosts were mauled by nine wickets and the 29-year old's inclusion for the second Test didn't flop by any means. Woakes is the second player to be withdrawn from the Scotland match after Ben Stokes picked up a hamstring strain.

Watch Microsoft’s E3 2018 Press Conference Live
For more E3 2018 action, check out details for watching all of the E3 2018 press conferences on our dedicated hub . Stay tuned to IGN for more from Bethesda's E3 2018 press conference as soon as it airs and as soon as it's over.

Petrol, diesel prices see biggest dip in 10 days
The ten days of continuous dip in fuel prices comes as a minor relief since rates were hiked constantly for a period of 16 days. Diesel, on the other hand, is selling at Rs. 73.02 in Mumbai , 15 paise less from day before.

Rafael Nadal claims 11th French Open title
But the unrelenting Nadal continued to fire winners from behind the baseline and again broke early, consolidating for a 3-1 lead. Thiem , meanwhile, says he knows what he must do to get the better of Nadal . "I could not hold the racquet for a few minutes".

Manchester City 'on verge' of sealing deal for Napoli midfielder Jorginho
Jorginho's agent has admitted his client would be disappointed if the deal does not go through. " Jorginho is a Napoli player". They have already lost out on one of their key targets in Brazilian midfielder Fred to their city rivals Manchester United.

Global FDI flows fell sharply in 2017: UNCTAD
The GVC slowdown shows a clear correlation with the FDI trend and confirms the impact of the FDI trend on global trade patterns. Global foreign direct investment (FDI) flows fell by 23 percent in 2017, down to $1.43 trillion from $1.87 trillion in 2016.

Dan Martin takes stage 5 at the Criterium du Dauphine
The fifth stage on Friday, the second of four consecutive summit finishes, ends at Valmorel after 130 kilometres. Adam Yates, who'd made much of the early running in the stage, came home in third, 15 seconds behind Martin.

NASA finds ancient organic material, mysterious methane on Mars
Kate told Live Science that it is a big deal to find organic compounds in rocks aged 3.5 billion years. All these factors point to believe that Mars could harbour life on its surface .

Smith-Pelly to skip White House visit if Caps win Cup
Devante Smith-Pelly tied Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Thursday night with a pretty goal while he was falling to the ice. Smith-Pelly stopped a pass/shot with his skate and kicked it out to himself for a shot attempt. "I don't know, I don't know.

Netflix Is Turning 'Stranger Things' Into A Book Series
Several books related to the series will be published next year, according to Deadline , with two arriving this fall and another two arriving next year.

Trump torpedoes G7 united front as summit ends
In response, Trump attacked Trudeau on Twitter, calling him " dishonest & weak ". "He's a pathetic little man-child". Trudeau pledged to impose new tariffs on the imported United States goods to defend Canadian workers.

DRC warlord Bemba 18-year jail sentence overturned
Judge Christine Van den Wyngaert, Presiding Judge in this appeal, read a summary of the Judgment during a public hearing. The 55 year old who fled DRC after losing a presidential poll was arrested in Belgium in 2008.

Nadal storms to 11th French Open title
Up a break at 2-1 in the third set, Nadal stopped serving after a fault because he couldn't straighten his left middle finger. The top-seeded Nadal won the match 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 at Roland Garros in Paris against Thiem , a 24-year-old who is ranked No. 7.

Other news