Pole Sitter Vettel Says ‘I could have been even faster’ in Qualifying

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It's Vettel's fourth pole on the Ile Notre-Dame, and his first since 2013.

It was the 300th F1 race for two-time champion Fernando Alonso of McLaren, good for fourth all-time. Perhaps fittingly on such a dominant weekend it meant the Ferrari driver took the chequered flag twice. I think it showed in Monaco that we have a great vehicle and again here. I don't think anyone wants to be cheated of that.

"That's why I am very happy to have qualified on pole".

Before the race, 1997 champion Jacques Villeneuve drove the No. 12 Ferrari his late father Gilles used to win the 1978 Canadian GP in the parade lap.

Sebastian Vettel made some history for his Italian team this weekend, first by taking pole on Saturday, the first time in 17 years since Michael Schumacher did so in 2001. "It's great when you have a session like that".

Red Bull's Max Verstappen put in an excellent lap to place third, ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen.

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Both took heavy damage in the contact and careened across Turn 6 and into the far barriers, where both their races ended.

Driver of the race: Sebastian Vettel looked completely in control from the moment the lights went out, but we're going to give this to a man who may one day be his teammate - Charles Lecerc scored another point for Sauber, managing a significant brake issue in the closing stages at one of the toughest circuits for braking on the calendar. Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull have dominated the field this season.

"It was a good day", Verstappen said. "But it showed in Monaco that we have a great auto. In the race, it all calms down a bit so that's why I think we're always a bit more competitive in the race".

Again, Kimi Raikkonen led the Ferrari charge in second place, but Monaco victor Daniel Ricciardo, who missed a large chunk of FP2 as mechanics rushed to fix a mechanical problem, was able to end the day third.

Vettel sees another chance to honour the memory of Gilles Villeneuve, who died in a crash at the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix, with a Ferrari win. But I just struggled in the session and wasn't able to pull it through. I think we need a little bit of time to understand the full picture but as I said I'm not yet happy with the vehicle.

"We were briefly talking about what we wanted to do, trying to figure everything out".