Sebastian Vettel takes Canadian Grand Prix pole with lap record

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Max Verstappen completed a clean sweep in Friday practice for the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix, taking the top spot in both sessions. Circuit Gilles Villeneuve... Gilles is huge for Ferrari and Canada is linked to that name.

Vettel covered the 2.71-mile (4.36-km) track in 1 minute, 10.764 seconds to deprive Lewis Hamilton of a record seventh pole in Montreal.

Mercedes' decision to choose the fewest number of hyper-soft tyres for this weekend out of all the teams may have contributed as neither driver had tried them until Saturday morning, but Hamilton can not blame only that as Bottas ended up on the front row.

The Ferrari and Mercedes drivers will start the race on the ultrasoft Pirellis, having used that compound to set their fastest times in Q2, with Red Bull and the rest of the top 10 using hypersofts.

For the last three years Hamilton has put his Mercedes at the front of the grid but on Sunday it will be his Ferrari championship rival Sebastian Vettel holding the edge while the Briton will start from fourth.

"We still have work to do", Vettel said.

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Bottas played down the delay to the new engine, saying it would have been only "a small gain compared to the old one" anyway. Mercedes are leading both championships after six races, with Lewis Hamilton 14 points clear of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel .

Red Bull's Max Verstappen placed third in the dying moments of a thrilling qualifying session to bump championship leader Hamilton further down the order. If the start goes well and we gain a position or two, then I don't think a podium is unrealistic as long as we get the hypers [-soft tyres] to lap whatever it is to still do a one stop.

"It was not the happiest of days for me", he said.

Hamilton will start from behind the front-row in Montreal for the first time in seven years. Obviously if something happens in practice then we will probably have to take one, but no is the answer today. "The auto was working well".

"They'll be hard to beat", the Australian said.

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.

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.

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Only Stoffel Vandoorne and Carlos Sainz, who crashed out of the session, posted fewer trips around the track.

"(The problem was) not related to the MGU-K", Ricciardo said.

One of those teams that will be seeking points is Toro Rosso, who were encouraged by the performance shown by the new Honda upgrade this weekend.

"When I heard whispers about a potential penalty here, I was like, 'I'll take it in Paul Ricard, but not here, '" Ricciardo said. The circuit, a layout of fast straights broken up by quick chicanes and hemmed in by concrete barriers, has tended to play to the horsepower advantage of their auto.

Romain Grosjean damaged his nose cone when he hit an animal, believed to be a groundhog in the afternoon.

Stroll picked up his first career points with a ninth-place finish as a rookie at last year's Canadian GP.

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