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.