Vettel takes Canadian GP pole with lap record

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"I think it was just a combination of things", he admitted.

"In my final lap I had a small mistake otherwise I think there was a little bit more".

Before the race on Sunday, the auto Villeneuve used in 1978 will be driven by his 47-year-old son Jacques, the 1997 world champion, to lead the ceremonial parade lap.

Hamilton had gone into the meeting in Montreal with a 14-point advantage but leaves one point behind Vettel, a vast swing he would not have anticipated from one of his favourite circuits.

The German started from pole position and never trailed on Sunday as he posted his third win in seven Formula One races this year and the 50th of his career. "It's great when you have a session like that".

Vettel's maximum haul moved him a solitary point clear of his rival in the championship, coming home ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen as the top three finished as they had started.

Lewis Hamilton complained of intermittent power loss from fourth place, and with Daniel Ricciardo - who had jumped Kimi Raikkonen for fifth, bearing down on him, the Mercedes driver was recalled to the pits for an early tire change and to add some cooling to the vehicle. 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.

But Bottas and Hamilton may have been set back by the team's inability to get an updated engine ready in time for the race, while Ferrari and Red Bull both had new parts. He and Ferrari executed their race to perfection, took the lead in the title race and have left Hamilton and Mercedes with much to consider before racing resumes in France in a fortnight.

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

"No, no. It was a very smooth session for us", Vettel said when asked in the paddock if Ferrari were tempted to match Red Bull's starting strategy. "But it showed in Monaco that we have a great auto".

"This morning when I went out straight away it felt a lot better".

"In the race, it all calms down a bit, which is why in general we are always a bit more competitive".

Kimi Raikkonen had been third after the first runs in Q3, but ran wide onto the grass exiting Turn 2 on his second set of hypersofts and was forced to abort the lap.

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