With six Canadian Grand Pix wins, Lewis Hamilton has had very few bad days at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve but Saturday happened to be one of them and it may have cost the world champion a shot at a record seventh pole position.
"That situation was a bit unlucky - we were all bunched up". "There are certain circuits that will suit you more than another place and this has been one of those circuits for me", added the Briton.
"We were not quick enough today in qualifying, which is pretty disappointing at a circuit where we have traditionally been very strong, and P2 and P4 on the grid reflect that", the Austrian declared. I guess I woke up the right way.
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.More news: Blakely: A ready-made rival to Warriors awaits LeBron in Boston
Formula One's youngest race victor arrived in Montreal under attack from all corners, after an incident-filled start to the season that has seen the 20-year-old reach the podium once in six races while Ricciardo has recorded a pair of wins. "I was a lot happier with the auto and I think we can carry that into the race". He has a 14-point lead over Vettel and a 38-point edge on Ricciardo.
"It's been a handsome day", said Hamilton, a six-time victor in Canada.
"Can't get them all and I will try to recover from it tomorrow". At last month's race around the principality, the 20-year-old Dutchman was forced to start from the back of the field after an incident in FP3 which eventually resulted in him narrowly squeezing into the points. But he dominated in practice, with the fastest time in all three sessions. So, great to carry momentum we've had in qualifying so far this year, even though the last race was a little bit less so.
The Dutch F1 driver remains at the centre of ongoing focus about his driving after a campaign that has witnessed him being involved in either spins, collisions or crashes at every grand prix weekend.More news: Nabil Fekir to Liverpool: 'He's passed his medical... I think it's done'
"Happy with the progress we made today", Verstappen tweeted.
Fernando Alonso would have hoped to make Q3 in his 300th Grand Prix weekend, but he had to settle for P14 after finishing Q2 more than a second off the pace.
He locked his brakes at the hairpin on both his laps in the final session and on his first could be seen struggling for traction out of it as well, and he ended up 0.139secs slower than Bottas.
Lance Stroll suffered a puncture when he brushed the "wall of champions" at the final chicane and team-mate Sergey Sirotkin spun and touched the wall at Turn Seven late in the session. On Saturday, he hit an animal that had wandered onto the track and damaged his nose cone. "We've had some really tough luck".More news: Twitter reacts to news of Anthony Bourdain’s death