Sebastian Vettel may have tamed the tricky conditions to storm to pole position in Canada today, but he is not focusing on the weather forecast for tomorrow’s race, believing that he will be competitive regardless of rain.
The defending world champion claimed his third consecutive Canadian GP pole position on Saturday, matching the record of Lewis Hamilton and Michael Schumacher, and he is hopeful of extending his championship lead this weekend.
“We saw today it’s very tricky in some places and then dry in some other places and the next lap is completely different,” explained Vettel in the post race press conference. “It’s difficult to see what the forecast is tomorrow, at this stage we expect dry conditions so we will see.”
Conditions in qualifying meant that the entire hour of running was completed on the intermediate tire, but this will give all of the teams a free choice of dry compounds for the start of the race, weather permitting.
“It doesn’t really matter. We have a couple of tyres left, surely lots of slicks and in the rain we should be in good shape. It will be an interesting race with mixed conditions.
“We don’t have a new set left but we only did a very short run in the last qualifying. The sets we used, one was completely new and the other scrubbed.”
Vettel did show good pace during the dry practice sessions, and he is confident that he will be able to win for the first time in Canada regardless of the conditions.
“What matters is we are in good shape for the dry and wet conditions.”
Importantly for Vettel, championship rivals Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen could only qualify 6th and 9th respectively, meaning that he is well-positioned to widen the 21 point lead he currently enjoys at the top of the drivers’ championship.