Vettel and Raikkonen subdued after hard day for Ferrari


Vettel and Raikkonen subdued after hard day for Ferrari

"I'm really exhausted of all the comments about me - that I should change my approach", he said. "I'm happy for them".

Not only was it Ferrari's first pole in Canada since 2001, this weekend's race marks the 40th anniversary of the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal - with the inaugural race being won by Ferrari legend and the driver the circuit is named after, Gilles Villeneuve.

The team took some time to find its pace over the weekend with Vettel not fully at ease with the vehicle 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 was never threatened from pole, leading easily off the line and nailing his sole pit stop to ensure he cruised past the checkered flag first.

"It's hard to have a clear picture of how it will pan out, but we believe we made the right choice for the start of the race", he added, referring to Ferrari's decision to start on Ultrasofts.

"Our race pace was good yesterday".

Part of the thinking was the team's chance of success in Montreal compared with the next race, at the Circuit Paul Ricard in France.

The pair were eliminated in Q1, along with Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly and Williams duo Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin.

TOP TEN: Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), Max Verstappen (Red Bull), Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari), Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull), Nico Hulkenberg (Renault), Esteban Ocon (Force India), Carlos Sainz (Renault), Sergio Perez (Force India). The auto is working well and we're just missing out on top speed. I think it showed in Monaco that we have a great auto and again here.

Once the main teams emerged, Vettel was soon quickest for Ferrari before swapping fastest laps with Raikkonen as the Mercedes men struggled to keep pace.

"I need to look into it to see exactly what it is, but there was a good chunk of time there, definitely in that corner alone there was pole position for sure if I'd figured out how to fix it. In the race, it all calms down a bit so that's why I think we're always a bit more competitive in the race".

"(We're) not yet there", said Vettel.

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. "It will be very close again".