The Ferrari’s had another upgrade to their program ahead of this weekend’s Formula One action in Montreal. So far, it’s paid off.
Ferrari’s swept the top two in the running order in each of the last two practices sessions at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and then backed that up with the pole for Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix (1:30 p.m. ET/ABC).
Sebastian Vettel gives Ferrari their second pole of the season as his teammate Charles Leclerc won the pole back in Bahrain earlier this season. For Vettel, his lap of 1:10.240-seconds in his No. 5 Ferrari shatters his track record that he set just last season. It was also his first pole in his last 17 starts with the last time the German driver started first was in his home grand prix at Germany last year.
This was his fifth Canadian Grand Prix pole of his career and is looking to become the fifth straight pole winner to win this race.
Joining him on the front row is Lewis Hamilton. The Mercedes driver turned in a personal best time of 1:10.446-seconds in his No. 44 Mercedes but that lap was good enough for second instead of the pole. Hamilton’s lap was .206-seconds off of Vettel’s.
Between the two front row starters are nine world championships as they’re the only drivers in the field to have won a pole at Canada before.
Leclerc starts third in his No. 16 Ferrari while Daniel Ricciardo shocked everyone with a fourth place start in his No. 3 Renault. He bested both Red Bull Racing drivers, which has to be personally gratifying for him.
Speaking of RBR, Pierre Gasly will start fifth in his No. 10 Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Honda. His teammate Max Verstappen crashed in Q2 and starts 11th.
Ricciardo’s teammate of Nico Hulkenberg will roll off seventh.
The second Mercedes driver in Valteri Bottas starts sixth after spinning on his initial lap in Q3. He never got the speed built back up as he suffers his worst starting position of the season.
Canadian Grand Prix Starting Lineup
Row 1: Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton
Row 2: Charles Leclerc, Daniel Ricciardo
Row 3: Pierre Gasly, Valtteri Bottas
Row 4: Nico Hulkenberg, Lando Norris R
Row 5: Carlos Sainz Jr., Kevin Magnussen
Row 6: Max Verstappen, Daniil Kvyat
Row 7: Antonio Giovinazzi R, Alex Albon R
Row 8: Romain Grosjean, Sergio Perez
Row 9: Kimi Raikkonen, Lance Stroll
Row 10: George Russell R, Robert Kubica