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10 June 2018, 01:59 | Charlene Valdez
GETTYDaniel Ricciardo is looking for back-to-back race wins this weekend
"I think if I get a few more I'll head-butt someone", he said, only slowly allowing a faint grin.
Vettel replied when told the year of Ferrari's last pole position in Canada.
Vettel called the incident "ridiculous" on the radio at the time, and questioned what the drivers involved - Valtteri Bottas, Nico Hulkenberg, Carlos Sainz and Kevin Magnussen - were doing.
The Red Bull driver said at a news conference Thursday before the Canadian Grand Prix that he's exhausted of questions about the crash in Azerbaijan that also knocked out teammate Daniel Ricciardo, or the one in Monaco that sent him to the back of the grid. And I don't need to change my approach - it's just a little bit more finesse I guess. "The auto was working well, but we are still lacking a bit of top speed and you could see that in the long runs". After leading all three practice sessions, Red Bull driver Max Verstappen will start third, alongside Hamilton.
"It was great to carry the momentum we've had this year into qualifying", said Vettel, who took pole position for the fourth time in seven races this season.
Asked what he needed to do in Montreal to avert a repeat, where the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve's infamous "Wall of Champions" awaits the unwary, he replied: "Not hit the wall".
On a dry and sunlit day, there was immediate drama when Romain Grosjean pulled up in the pit-lane with clouds of smoke billowing from his Haas car's Ferrari engine.
Hamilton leads Vettel by 14 points in the championship heading into the weekend, with Ricciardo third, 38 points off the lead.
Red Bull's decision to lock themselves in to starting the race on the fast but brittle hypersoft after running the compound on both their cars in Q2 throws a curveball in to Sunday's opening stint given both Ferrari and Mercedes are starting on a harder compound, the ultrasoft. "If we can escape this weekend without it, I'd rather take it somewhere else".
Having clocked banker laps, they switched to "hyper-softs" on which Vettel was slowed by heavy traffic as Ricciardo topped Verstappen with a new track record lap of 1:11.434. When we got to qualifying, we knew it was going to be very close, as it was, but in my heart I really feel like we had the pace to lock out the front row, or I had the pace to be on the front row.
It was clearly a strategic scrap as the teams were aiming to use the tyres in Q2 that would suit them best to start the race.
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