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F1: Vettel soars to pole in Canada

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Sebastian Vettel had a resurgence of the dominant qualifying pace that saw him score three poles (in Bahrain, China, and Azerbaijan) in a row earlier in the 2018 Formula 1 season, with the Ferrari driver scoring the pole for Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix.

Vettel’s pole lap was a record 1:10.764 around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, and gave him his fourth pole of the season.

Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas qualified in second at 1:10.857, less than one tenth of a second behind Vettel. Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen enjoyed a strong qualifying in which he returned to form after a troublesome Monaco Grand Prix Weekend – Verstappen will start third.

Lewis Hamilton qualified a somewhat surprising fourth, given his history at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve – he has six poles, along with six victories, but was unable to recapture that speed in qualifying.

Kimi Raikkonen rounded out the top five in fifth, after a small error on his final lap saw him drop two wheels into the grass exiting Turn 2, which cost him one last chance to go for the pole.

Daniel Ricciardo, Nico Hulkenberg, Esteban Ocon, Carlos Sainz Jr., and Sergio Perez rounded out the top five.

Results are below. Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix rolls off at 1:30 p.m. ET.

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F1’s Valtteri Bottas to compete in first-ever rally race in his native Finland

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Formula One’s “Flying Finn” is going back home for the first time.

More precisely, Valtteri Bottas is returning to his Finland homeland to compete in his first career rally race in the Finnish Rally Championship season opener.

Bottas, teammates on the F1 Mercedes team with five-time champ Lewis Hamilton, will compete in the World Rally Championships’ Arctic Lapland Rally from January 24-26.

He’ll team with two-time World Rally champion Timo Rautiainen in a M-Sport Ford Fiesta RS WRC on rally roads of the Finnish Arctic Circle.

“This is a unique opportunity to take a peek into the world of rallying,” Bottas told Finnish rallying website Rallism.f1. “I would like to thank everyone who has made it possible.

“It’s totally new territory for me too, as I have no prior experience of a World Rally Car. Still, being the race car driver that I am, you always go flat out whatever the vehicle you’re driving in.”

Added Rautiainen, “In my life, I’ve sat in a rally car with only three drivers, but this is such an interesting mission that I just had to accept the challenge. I believe that for a talented wheelman like Valtteri, we’ll be able to establish a good basic driving routine in testing.”

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