Mark Thompson/Getty Images

F1: Sebastian Vettel wins pole for Canadian GP

1 Comment

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 seconds 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:

Follow Michael Eubanks on Twitter 

Karam, Daly get IndyCar rides with Carlin for Iowa

Leave a comment

NEWTON, Iowa – Sage Karam returns for the second-straight race and Conor Daly is back for another race with Carlin Racing at this weekend’s Iowa 300 NTT IndyCar Series race at Iowa Speedway.

For Karam, it’s his third start of the 2019 season and his second straight with Carlin. In his five starts at Iowa Speedway dating back to 2010, Karam has never finished outside of the top three, recording four wins (USF2000 – 2010, Indy Pro 2000 – 2011 and 2012, Indy Lights – 2013) and scoring his first NTT IndyCar Series podium in 2015 with a third-place finish.

“I’m really excited to be back again this weekend with Carlin and SmartStop Self Storage for the Iowa 300. Iowa Speedway has always been a good track for me in the past, so I’m really looking forward to getting back to work there,” Karam said. “Coming off of a very productive weekend in Toronto, I’m looking forward to applying everything I’ve learned and continuing to work with the team to get the best results possible. A huge thank you to everyone at Carlin and SmartStop Self Storage for a great opportunity to race at one of my favorite tracks.”

Daly is back in a second Carlin entry. Earlier this year, the popular driver finished 11th for Carlin in the DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 8. At Iowa, he will drive the team’s No. 23 Gallagher Chevrolet.

Daly finished 10th in the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge for Andretti Autosport.

Daly raced at Iowa in 2016 for Dale Coyne Racing (finishing 21st) and in 2017 for A.J. Foyt Racing (finishing 19th).

The combination gives Carlin two more drivers to gather additional feedback on the car. Max Chilton remains the team’s primary driver but announced recently that he will forego all oval races to concentrate on street and road courses.

That created opportunities for Karam and Daly.

“We were very impressed with Sage’s steady progression throughout the Toronto race weekend and his willingness to learn and adapt,” said Carlin Team Principal Trevor Carlin. “The fact that he hadn’t been on a street course since 2015 and was still able to come right out of the gate confident and constantly improving every session was extremely impressive.

“The SmartStop Self Storage Chevrolet looked great out on track and their group has been a pleasure to work with, so we couldn’t be more pleased to have them back this weekend in Iowa. Sage has done really well in Iowa in the past, so hopefully we can use his experience and our past success at Iowa Speedway to come away with a good result for the team and our partners at SmartStop Self Storage.”

The Iowa 300 at Iowa Speedway will take place on Saturday, July 20th at 7:15 pm ET and will be televised on NBCSN.