Canadian F1 Grand Prix 2018 Qualifying: Saturday's Results, Times, Final Grid

Lewis Hamilton

Canadian F1 Grand Prix 2018 Qualifying: Saturday's Results, Times, Final Grid

"The chequered flag was shown a lap early because there was a miscommunication between the start platform and the guy that they call the starter, the guy that starts and finishes the races", he said.

Max Verstappen, who was quickest in all three pre-qualifying practice sessions, placed third and will start in the second row next to Hamilton, whose run of three straight Canadian poles ended. "I was just anxious that people don't jump on the track and start celebrating".

Race leader Sebastian Vettel radioed his Ferrari team to point out the error but continued at full pace in the belief that the race would still go the full distance.

Vettel was well aware of the many Prancing Pony flags in the packed grandstands at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve as he kept the lead from pole position and coasted to victory on Sunday.

"They've been waiting long enough for Ferrari to win here", Vettel said. "I dedicate it today to the team, to the guys in Maranello, and to the Canadian fans and the Canadian tifosi".

With 20 laps remaining, Hamilton began to find a rhythm to move within a second of Ricciardo while Bottas, at the front, trimmed Vettel's lead to 3.8 seconds.

Hamilton came within a second of challenging Ricciardo late in the race, but then encountered fuel troubles. Bottas was first to blink on lap 37, Vettel following one lap later, both going to super-softs.

"We need to review procedures and make sure we have a very simple procedure for every circuit", added Whiting.

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"Our auto wasn't good enough, so I won't get too upset".

Fernando Alonso had no reason to celebrate his 300th grand prix, forced to retire his McLaren on lap 43 and the Spaniard will doubtless be pleased to leave Canada to focus on taking part in the Le Mans 24 Hours next weekend.

Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz of Renault, Esteban Ocon of Force India and Charles Leclerc of Sauber also finished in the points. Both cars were badly damaged but the drivers were uninjured.

Starting cleanly, Vettel was pulling away from the field when a crash between Brandon Hartley and hometown favorite Lance Stroll brought out the safety vehicle in the very first lap.

It was also a short day for Stroll, a Montreal native who locked up with Hartley heading into Turn 5 on the first lap.

Lance Stroll of Montreal, the first Canadian to race in F1 since Jacques Villeneuve left in 2006, qualified 17th as his Williams team's struggles continued.

"I don't think the Hypersoft is a good race tyre", the four-time world champion stated to Autosport. He earned his first Formula One points with a ninth-place finish at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve past year.

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