Sebastian Vettel on pole in Canada

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But it was a decision Red Bull made earlier in the session, in Q2, to complete their best lap on the Hypersoft tyre and not the more durable Ultrasoft, which Ferrari and Mercedes had on their cars, which confused Vettel as it means both Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo will use that compound in the first stint. Mercedes was expecting to do the same, but it wasn't ready in time; they also chose to bring fewer sets of the softest tires.

"Yesterday we felt quite competitive and the auto was behaving quite well, so we were quite confident for today's qualifying, but we were not on the pace today unfortunately", Alonso said after qualifying in 14th place. "But we're going to get it later anyway, so that's all good".

"Hindsight is a great thing and so naturally it would have been great to try the hyper today [if Mercedes had selected more sets], but others have and I've seen some that degraded a lot and some maybe haven't". I guess I woke up the right way. "I wasn't really happy with the vehicle, we had some problems and I just couldn't get the rhythm", said Vettel, who can take his 50th F1 victory on Sunday.

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. "And, like I said in the beginning of this press conference, I get really exhausted of all the questions, so... yeah..."

"Didn't have any problems", said Hamilton, who leads the championship standings by 14 points over Vettel and 38 over Ricciardo.

"It's been a attractive day", said Hamilton, a six-time victor in Canada. It's a dream of mine and seeing how passionate people are inside this team, and being one of them, makes me proud. "The points are tomorrow".

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Max Verstappen told reporters on Thursday that he would "head-butt" the next one to ask him about his crash-laden start to the 2018 Formula One season. But he dominated in practice, with the fastest time in all three sessions.

"The balance of the auto was really good from the start today, so we only had to do some fine tuning". "The vehicle all weekend has been really strong".

It was another disappointing day for Williams and young Canadian driver Lance Stroll, who once again found himself anchored at the bottom of the timesheet in 20th place.

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

It was not a completely smooth session for Verstappen, whose running was disrupted by a puncture on debris at the Turn 10 hairpin early on and a later stop to remove a flapping carbon shroud from his vehicle. "Starting last is never ideal, but it's one of those racetracks where you can overtake, so luckily it's not Monaco".

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