Scuderia Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen did a good job for the team during qualifying for Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal on Saturday afternoon.
Sebastian Vettel ended the day as best of the rest behind the Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team’s pole sitter Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. Vettel set a qualifying lap of 01:12.990s and speaking following the session the four time world champion who goes into the race one point behind team mate Kimi Raikkonen in the championship commented by saying:
After P3 I was thinking about pole position, I thought it was possible. The car felt great all day, I think we did a step forward overnight. The last lap in qualifying I was very happy, I knew that it will be very close, unfortunately not close enough, so I think it wasn’t entirely perfect. I lost a bit of time maybe on the exit of Turn 10, I was maybe a bit too early on power, and that compromised the traction, which maybe caused me to lose some momentum onto the straight, I don’t know how much, we’ll find out later, but probably half a tenth or something, so it could have been better overall. I think we all have the feeling today that we can achieve something great. We missed it, but not by much, so I hope for tomorrow. We didn’t have any problem, nothing near to the issues we had in the last two races, we’ve been focusing on that. I think that the people back home have done a good job, trying to assist us as much as possible when we are out on track, and I think today we could show the real performance of the car. Here anything is possible, it’s a track where a lot of things can happen, tomorrow’s weather forecast is also quite tricky, we’ll see. It’s such a great place to drive, the people wave at you on an out lap and just appreciate Formula 1 being here, so the plan for tomorrow is to enjoy and try to do well
Kimi Raikkonen goes into the race in fourth place in the championship on 61 points and will be hoping to bounce back from his retirement last time out in Monaco. The weather forecast for the race is unsettled with rain a very real possibility which could play a big part in the outcome of the race.
The Iceman will start Sunday’s race from 6th place after setting a fastest time of 01:13.579s and speaking following qualifying he commented by saying:
Since yesterday evening we did a good job and improved a lot the behavior of the car, but today it was still not easy to put the car where I wanted. It was a hectic qualifying session because of the weather conditions and I was not very happy with the driving. I had some issues here and there, I struggled in turn 10 all the times to make the front turn, and it was hard to put the lap together. It has not been an easy weekend so far and if you finish P6 there’s still work to be done, but I’m sure that for the race tomorrow the car will be better”