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F1: Sebastian Vettel wins pole for Canadian GP

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Sebastian Vettel will start from the pole position in Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix after taking the pole away from Lewis Hamilton in his final flying lap of qualifying this afternoon.

The Ferarri driver set a new track record during with his fast lap of 1 minute, 10.240 around Circuit Gilles Villenueve in Montreal.

“I’m full of adrenaline,” Vettel said following qualifying. “Very, very happy for the team. The last few weeks have been tough for us. The car felt good. I hope we can carry that into the race.”

Hamilton starts tomorrow afternoon’s race from P2, following a Q3 lap of 1 minute, 10.446 seconds. Charles Leclerc, Vettel’s Ferrari teammate, will roll off alongside Daniel Ricciardo in Row 2.

Pierre Gasly starts fifth for Red Bull, while Valtteri Bottas qualified a disappointing sixth in his Mercedes entry.

Nico Hulkenburg, Lando Norris, Carlos Sainz, and Kevin Magnussen qualified seventh through 10th, respectively, with Magnussen advancing into Q3 after a red flag that prematurely ended Q2.

Ironically, the red flag came out because Magnussen lost control on entry into the Turn 13 chicane before hitting both the ‘Wall of Champions’ and then the inside wall.

Magnussen walked away from the incident, but did not post a lap in Q3.

Montreal native Lance Stroll will start tomorrow’s Grand Prix from 18th for Racing Point.

Full qualifying results and times are below:

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Keating stripped of Le Mans GTE-Am win; No. 68 Ganassi entry also disqualified

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FIA stewards announced Monday that two Ford GT entries have been disqualified from this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, including the GTE-Am class-winning No. 85 entry from privateer Keating Motorsports.

Also DQ’d was the factory No. 68 Chip Ganassi Racing entry of Joey Hand, Dirk Mueller and Sebastien Bourdais, which initially finished fourth in the GTE-Pro class.

Both entries were found in violation of fuel capacity regulations, with the No. 85 entry also failing to meet the minimum refueling time during pit stops.

The refueling system on the No. 85 entry, driven by Ben Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Felipe Fraga, measured a time of 44.4 seconds during a stop, just shy of the minimum required time of 45 seconds.

As a result, the team was initially issued a 55.2-second post-race penalty by officials, which elevated the No. 56 Team Project 1 Porsche 911 RSR of Joerg Bergmeister, Patrick Lindsey, and Egidio Perfetti to the class win.

The time penalty was calculated by the difference in the refueling time (0.6 seconds) multiplied by the amount of pit stops made by the team (23), then multiplied by four.

The No. 85 entry was set to finish second in class, but then received an outright DQ after its fuel capacity was also revealed to be 0.1 liters above the maximum permitted capacity of 96 liters.

As for Ganassi’s No. 68 entry, it was found to have a fuel capacity of 97.83 liters, which is above the maximum allowed capacity of 97 liters for the GTE-Pro Fords.

The No. 67 Ford of Andy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell, and Jonathan Bomarito subsequently moves up to fourth, and the No. 69 Ford of Scott Dixon, Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook moves up to fifth.

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