Vettel takes first pole of 2019 in Canada

Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton held the provisional pole until the final seconds, when Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel knocked him from the top of the table in a dramatic session at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve.

It was Vettel's first pole position triumph of the season, his first pole in 17 races since last year's German Grand Prix and a signal that Ferrari's superior straight-line speed was well-suited to the track.

The Ferrari driver kept with Hamilton through the first two sectors before beating him in the last.

It cost Ferrari another victory in 2019, a year in which Mercedes have won every race, but in which the Italian team could have had two and possibly three wins out of seven.

"Obviously there was a reason why we were able to put the auto on pole today".

"This is nothing that's not been spoken of before", said Hamilton, who conceded their relationship had "not always been great" before adding it was "fantastic now". At some stages, they were ahead of us and we were swapping all the way.

Daniel Ricciardo was a superb fourth for Renault as he looks well placed to get at least the six points he needs to pass the 1,000 mark in F1.

"Today was better than the last couple of Fridays we've had lately, so that's promising", he said. The vehicle feels alive at the moment, which is good. "I anticipate this weekend we will be stronger than we have been in the past".

"It is not about the title now, we deserved to win now and that is our opinion", Vettel said.

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Stroll's day got off to a bad start when his Racing Point suffered a dramatic engine failure during the morning session, which saw flames shooting out of the rear of the vehicle. Mercedes has won all six races this season.

"I'm actually really happy for Seb".

Hamilton had dropped back to 2.5secs behind Vettel when the drivers were informed of the penalty but he soon closed right back up to Vettel's tail, as Leclerc in third place began to close on both of them.

Still convinced he was the worthy victor in Montreal, Vettel even took a step up to the No 1 position on the podium as he continued to feel aggrieved at missing out on his first race victory of the season.

"It's very bumpy, very rough".

"This is one of the tracks where you need to dare going very close to the walls in numerous places", he told the post-qualifying news conference. "I want to change that, with the FIA, and in the teams and the mechanics and in the media, too", he said.

Bottas edged out the Red Bulls of Dutchman Max Verstappen and Pierre Gasly of France.

Stroll's Racing Point teammate Sergio Perez of Mexico was also knocked out at Q1.

Haas' Kevin Magnussen hit the Wall of Champions, damaging his suspension and spinning across the track before slamming into the pitwall. "It will be a lot hotter on Sunday so it will be a tough race".

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