Vettel: Ferrari needs 'perfect race' to defeat Mercedes

Vettel: Ferrari needs 'perfect race' to defeat Mercedes

Vettel was leading from pole position with a little more than 20 laps remaining.

"Clearly we are behind, clearly there is a big margin between Mercedes and the rest", said Sebastian Vettel, who won the Canadian race from pole a year ago.

"I don't know why he would say it now, and not when he first started", the Briton said.

Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes team have a new engine for this weekend's race at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, but Ferrari's straight-line speed advantage puts them in a strong position to fight for pole later on Saturday.

Leclerc did not quite manage to get close enough to Vettel to overtake him once the German's penalty was applied.

"It's too bad for the team", said Stroll, who is 16th in the drivers' standings with four points. "The track will improve". That forced him to revert to an older-spec engine for qualifying and Sunday's race.

Vettel's Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc claimed third place on the grid.

"I still feel positive about (Sunday): It's my home race and I'm going to give it my best shot". They were neck and neck up to the long back straight, but from there Vettel was able to power ahead, reversing his deficit to snatch pole by 0.206 seconds.

Lewis Hamilton believes Mercedes could have the race pace to trouble Ferrari at the Canadian Grand Prix despite Sebastian Vettel recording a scintillating pole position.

Vettel previously held the record for fastest pole at 1:10.764, set a year ago.

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"We could ban the drivers from going to the fitness studios so they will be exhausted at the end of the race", Steiner said sarcastically.

"You know what, the feeling in the vehicle when it just keeps coming and the feeling - it felt so good".

"I could do two or three races in a row and Formula One really shouldn't be like that".

"This is fantastic for the sport", said Hamilton, the five-time world champion. "I wasn't a teenager when I got here".

"This is the reality and nowadays we have really good drivers in Formula One".

The German marque have won every race so far this year, all but one of them were one-two finishes.

The Haas driver lost the rear out of the final part of the chicane and tagged the wall before spinning heavily into the pitwall on the inside of the track.

Renault's Daniel Ricciardo in fourth (1:11.071) delivered his best qualifying result of the season, while Red Bull's Pierre Gasly in fifth (1:11.079) matched his.

Kevin Magnussen was 10th but unable to participate in Q3 after crashing coming out of the final corner on his final push lap in Q2 and bringing a premature end to the session.

Nico Hulkenberg ensured that Renault fielded two cars in the top seven, as he qualified ahead of the McLaren duo of Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz Jr.

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