Sebastian Vettel no longer felt like 'a passenger' in his Ferrari

Monday, 11 Jun, 2018

"On my last try in Q3, I suddenly had a lot of understeer entering Turn 2, I struggled to turn the vehicle round", said Raikkonen.

Sebastian Vettel has given Ferrari its first victory in 14 years at the Canadian Grand Prix.

The team took some time to find its pace over the weekend with Vettel not fully at ease with the auto until qualifying when he found the set-up he wanted to deliver an impressive pole, from which he dictated the race and converted into an equally impressive win.

Vettel replied when told the year of Ferrari's last pole position in Canada. "I'm a bit surprised that both of the Red Bulls chose that, but I guess they have their reasons". "Also myself didn't get the rhythm yet so missing a little bit of the laps but overall we tried to go through the programme as good as we could". He left a heritage, so I think the people who fell in love with motorsport back then are still there, and their kids and grandchildren.

That was enough to put him 29 thousandths of a second ahead of Brendon Hartley's Toro Rosso, which is running the upgraded Honda engine package. Vettel's lone pit stop on the 38th of 70 laps saw him emerge with a six-second lead. "The auto was working well, but we are still lacking a bit of top speed and you could see that in the long runs".

The other ace up Red Bull's sleeve will be at the start when the hyper-soft compound should offer better traction off the line.

The most eventful part of Vettel's race after that came at the start of the final lap, when the chequered flag was shown more than one lap early.

Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes was second followed by the Red Bulls' Max Verstappen and Daniel Riciardo, the victor two weeks ago in Monaco. "Kimi I think was happier on one lap so probably he's one of the favourites, I'm not, but we'll see tomorrow".

"With the long straights it's hard to fight for pole position. But as I said at the start, I am exhausted of these questions and if I get any more I am going to head-butt someone".

Australian Daniel Ricciardo, victorious in Monaco two weeks ago, was sixth in the second Red Bull as his team-mate Verstappen, who had been fastest throughout practice, continued to deliver a ideal riposte to his critics. "We've seen this year it's very close between the three teams and the six drivers so we'll see, but for sure if you start on pole you want to win".