Peel Street buzzing with excitement on eve of Canadian Grand Prix


"The team has been extremely strong in the past at keeping reliability on a high level so that is not a part that worries me, it is more we have seen today a Ferrari that is the stronger auto - strong in qualifying, strong in race and at no time we had a chance to fight for the win".

The error had a small ramification on how the race will be recorded in the history books: it meant Daniel Ricciardo lost the fastest lap of the race he had set on lap 70, meaning that accolade went to Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen.

Fans witnessed history during Saturday afternoon qualifying, as Sebastian Vettel posted an outright track record lap time of one minute, 10.776 seconds to claim the pole position.

Brazilian soccer great Pele famously reacted too late when Ferrari's Michael Schumacher won at Sao Paulo's Interlagos circuit in 2002, brandishing the flag instead as the later finishers appeared.

The Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas will also start in the front row.

"I'm just so happy because all of a sudden at the start I was down on power". "Everybody needs to assess how to improve performance".

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Stroll got out of shape through the fast right-hand kink, squeezing Hartley, who was on his left, between the Williams and the tyre barrier, briefly launching the Toro Rosso into the air. "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".

"Grazie", the German said to his Italy-based team before grabbing a red and yellow Ferrari flag and waving it on his way to the podium. "Gilles Villeneuve, the favourite driver of Enzo Ferrari".

"Like every grand prix there's not one person to dedicate it to", said Vettel.

And it came as the event celebrated a rousing win 40 years ago by another Ferrari driver - Gilles Villeneuve of Berthierville, Que, whose son Jacques drove his dad's 1978 Ferrari around the track in the pre-race parade lap. "It's nice to become part of that story, hopefully a little bit more in the future".

"It could get a lot worse". However, he refused to describe his 50th F1 victory as "easy'". "I'm just grateful the engine made it". After arriving in Montreal, Verstappen half-jokingly threatened to head-butt any reporter who asked about the crashes.

"I don't think the Hypersoft is a good race tyre", the four-time world champion stated to Autosport. He retired to the garage after 43 laps - the eighth time he failed to finish in Montreal. He earned his first Formula One points with a ninth-place finish at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve previous year.