Vettel wins, Ricciardo fourth in Montreal

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Vettel was well aware of the many Prancing Pony flags in the packed grandstands at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve as he kept the lead from pole position and coasted to victory on Sunday. It's Vettel's fourth pole on the Ile Notre-Dame, and his first since 2013. From the number of red flags with the prancing pony logo, the Italian squad remains the clear favourite in the grandstands.

"I don't know why people today are so short-sighted".

When asked by how the trial run went, Grosjean said: "Very painful!"

"I'm just so happy because all of a sudden at the start I was down on power".

"I don't think the Hypersoft is a good race tyre", the four-time world champion stated to Autosport.

The title race remains finely balanced but Ferrari will take great encouragement from victory at a circuit where Mercedes have been dominant, with Hamilton taking pole and winning for the last three years in Montreal.

Lewis Hamilton, this season's championship leader, qualified fourth while native Montrealer Lance Stroll failed to make the first cut of qualifying and posted the 17th-best time of the day.

He said the win was special because it came 40 years after Canadian Gilles Villeneuve had won his first race for Ferrari.

The Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas will also start in the front row. This early stop allowed Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo to get ahead of him and Hamilton was never able to get close enough to pass the Australian late on.

Stroll, 19, was in is second Canadian GP.

His engine was six races old but Hamilton would have expected better. The Briton has won the last three on the track that seems to suit the Mercedes vehicle with its heavy braking after long straightaways and tight chicanes.

Hamilton retains a slim lead over Vettel in driver standings and will likely challenge the German when racing begins in earnest. "I'm a bit surprised that both of the Red Bulls chose that".

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, the 2014 Canadian GP victor, is coming off a victory two weeks ago in Monaco. "No power, no gears", said the Spaniard. "But it showed in Monaco that we have a great vehicle".

When it comes to the twisty stuff, 11 of the 14 corners are taken below 100 miles per hour, which makes it particularly hard on the brakes and tires when the cars are coming from the high-speed straights.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was sixth, and said it had been a boring race, with Renault's Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz seventh and eighth. "Hahaha but so grateful everyone was safe today and no one got hurt!" I couldn't get the temperatures down, so I just thought it was going to fail.

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