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Vettel splits Mercedes in Spa qualifying, thanks Raikkonen for tow

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Sebastian Vettel was pleased to split Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas during Formula 1 qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix on Saturday, making use of a tow from Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen to secure second place on the grid.

As title rival Hamilton charged to pole with a new lap record at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Vettel was able to finish just two-tenths of a second shy of the Mercedes driver after making significant gains on his final flying lap.

Vettel was aided at the end of Q3 by Raikkonen, who after making a mistake further ahead on-track opted to drop back and give his teammate a tow by running ahead in dirty air.

“I think I had a little bit of help from a friend. Kimi here obviously had to abort his lap and he was very generous in giving me a nice tow in the last sector which I think got me like two-tenths,” Vettel said.

“That helped and made it a little bit comfortable with Valtteri, looking at the result. In Q1 I was really happy, the car was amazing. In Q2, the main job was to get through and then Q3, first lap, I was missing a little bit the feel for the front.

“The second run in Q3 was better in that regard, so I was very happy with the last lap and as I said obviously a bit of a help.

“The pace has been good this weekend I think less for one lap but more so for long runs so let’s see what we can do tomorrow.”

The Belgian Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and the NBC Sports app from 7am ET on Sunday.

Montreal Mayor cancels Formula E’s planned season four finale

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New Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante has cancelled the FIA Formula E Championship’s planned season four finale, which was set for two races on July 28 and 29, 2018, citing what was termed a “financial fiasco.”

Plante was elected to replace Denis Coderre in the role, and didn’t follow Coderre’s support of the event.

She announced the news today citing financial and logistical challenges she didn’t feel the city could overcome.

Via a report in the CBC, Plante’s administration estimated a potential cost of up to $35 million would needed to be paid by the city’s taxpayers for the event’s second running. Additionally, a nonprofit organization reportedly owes creditors some $9.5 million.

Plante revealed details today in a series of messages posted on Twitter, which you can see in order below.

A Formula E spokesperson supplied a statement of the surprise news to e-racing365.com:

Formula E’s fourth season underwent one calendar change with a return to Punta Del Este, Uruguay replacing a cancelled race in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Whether a replacement can be sourced for this race weekend will now remain to be seen.