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Vettel thought pole was possible for Ferrari in Canada

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Sebastian Vettel believed that pole position was within Ferrari’s reach in qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix on Saturday before ultimately finishing third behind Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

Ferrari arrived in Montreal hopeful of a step up in performance thanks to a raft of updates including a new turbo on its power unit.

Vettel topped the final practice session before finishing within two-tenths of a second of Hamilton’s pole position time, qualifying third on the grid.

“I think going into qualifying I thought [pole] was possible,” Vettel admitted.

“You always feel there is a little bit more. On my last lap I was very happy with the lap in general. I was maybe a bit greedy out of Turn 10, not greedy enough into Turn 6. There wasn’t an awful lot to grab.

“Otherwise, very happy. I wanted to get below the 1:13 mark because then I knew it would be very close with the Mercedes. I did that, but just by one-hundredth, so a little bit was missing.”

Vettel is pleased with the step that Ferrari’s updates have offered, and is hopeful of getting in the mix with the two Mercedes drivers at the front on Sunday.

“Overall I think we have a great car, we did a step,” Vettel said.

“I feel in general very comfortable and enjoyed qualifying a lot. Brushed the Wall of Champions, so done that, don’t have to do that tomorrow! We should be all set.”

The Canadian Grand Prix is live on NBC and Live Extra from 1pm ET on Sunday.

Lucas Oil Late Models, All Star Sprints postpone April events

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In separate press releases, the Lucas Oil Late Model series and the All Star Circuit of Champions announced the postponement of their April schedules.

Both releases cite extended federal social distancing guidelines for the COVID-19 pandemic as the reason for the postponements and cancelations.

For the Lucas Oil Late Model series, the extension affects races at Hagerstown Speedway (originally scheduled for April 18), Port Royal Speedway (April 19), Tri-City Speedway (April 24), and Macon Speedway (April 25). The series hopes to resume the original schedule on May 1st at Ponderosa Speedway and May 2nd at Florence Speedway.

Port Royal Speedway’s Rumble by the River, originally scheduled for April 19th, has been postponed until Thursday, August 27th.

The Nininger Tribute at Hagerstown Speedway, scheduled for April 18th, has now been canceled. Also canceled are the Budweiser 50 at Tri-City Speedway scheduled for April 24th and the April 25th event at Macon Speedway.

At this time, races are set to resume on May 1 at Ponderosa Speedway in Junction City, Kentucky. Backup dates have been announced for Ponderosa (September 4) and Florence Speedway (August 12) should they be needed.

The events affected for the All Star Circuit of Champions include Attica Raceway Park’s Spring Nationals (April 10-11), Thursday Night Thunder at Virginia Motor Speedway (April 16), the Tommy Hinnershitz Classic at Williams Grove Speedway (April 17), the Keith Kauffman Classic at Port Royal Speedway (April 18), the Johnny Grum Classic at Bedford Speedway (April 19) and the season’s first visit to Wayne County Speedway (April 25).

Series and track officials are working together to find suitable make-up dates.

“We are all in the same boat with every other sanctioning body and sports league in America right now and we want to be part of the solution and abide by state orders and federal guidelines,” said Tony Stewart, owner of the All Stars in a press release. “Originally, we were going to take a week-to-week approach, but with the stay at home orders in certain states and social distancing guidelines, it made sense to postpone the month of April. We aren’t going to put anyone on the road and at risk until we are given the green light by state and federal officials. Thank you to the tracks for the open lines of communication over the past few weeks. We hope to reschedule as many dates as possible once we are able to return to racing.”

Conditions permitting, the All Star Circuit of Champions will begin their 2020 championship point season on Friday and Saturday, May 1-2, with visits to Lernerville Speedway and Sharon Speedway, respectively.

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