Sebastian Vettel on pole in Canada

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Sebastian Vettel says building his confidence after a scrappy Friday was the key to securing his first pole position at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve since 2013.

In the 40th year since Gilles Villeneuve's victory at the Canadian Grand Prix, it is only fitting that a Ferrari will start at the front.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen, under pressure to clean up his act after a string of crashes and costly errors, has clocked the fastest time in both free practice sessions for the Canadian Grand Prix.

He has raced in the F2 series the last two seasons and now sits 10th in F2 standings after eight races this year, including a third-place finish at Baku, Azerbaijan. "I quickly saw that it was going to be hard to take pole position but you always do your best and try to get the best out of the vehicle".

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"It's never happened to me", he told reporters afterward. Kimi Raikkonen was second fastest for Ferrari but the competitive picture was skewed by Mercedes opting against using Pirelli's fastest compound - the hyper-soft - on either auto across both practice sessions. "If we can escape this weekend without it, then I'd rather take it somewhere else". "We didn't have the smoothest day and we had what looks like an electrical problem with the engine. I kept it off the walls, which isn't easy to do on this track". Yesterday was very hard, but today it switched on.

He retired in Azerbaijan after a collision with Ricciardo and in China he tangled with Hamilton and Vettel, finishing fifth after a 10-second penalty demoted him from fourth, while Ricciardo won the race. "I guess I woke up the right way and what a day".

Max Verstappen has a message for Formula 1 media types.Stop telling me how to drive.Sitting 75 points behind championship leader Lewis Hamilton through six rounds of the season, Verstappen has been. "The points are tomorrow".

Verstappen dominated practice after his "headbutt" threat in Montreal.

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"It was great to carry the momentum we've had this year into qualifying", said Vettel, who took pole position for the fourth time in seven races this season. The impact damaged the nose of his vehicle, which has received a significant upgrade this weekend.

A smoking start to qualifying as Romain Grosjean's Haas started off by spewing oil all over the place, resulting in a massive cloud all over the pit lane.

McLaren was also noticeably off the pace in Canada as Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne qualified in P14 and P15 respectively.

"Maybe the beaver from yesterday was still in there somewhere", he said.

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