Vettel - Stewards stole race win from Ferrari in Canada

Vettel - Stewards stole race win from Ferrari in Canada

Sebastian Vettel was fastest in final practice for the Canadian Grand Prix ahead of team mate Charles LeClerc on Saturday, signalling that Ferrari may be prepared to offer a challenge to the Mercedes dominance.

Vettel, who won past year in Montreal, will be at the front of the grid at a Formula One race for the first time since July 2018 on Sunday after going top of the timesheets in the final moments of qualifying, leaving championship leader Hamilton second.

On the podium, as fans booed Hamilton, Vettel was clearly not happy, calling on the crowd not to boo the world champion. The Dutchman set his first time of the session on the slower medium-compound tyre - had he made it into Q3, he would have been allowed to start the race on the more durable rubber - but his time wasn't quick enough to progress, forcing him to undertake a late lap on softs.

While drivers have many ideas and a global platform on which to air them, Hamilton maintains their voices are still not really being heard."Unfortunately, the technical regulations are done by the people with power, with money and we generally have a little say, if any, as to what changes will take place", said Hamilton.

The 20-year-old was forced to retire from the practice session earlier when the back of his auto erupted in flames due to a hydraulic fluid leak. "I think honestly we have been the fastest on track today and that is important".

"Friends of mine say you don't even see a crash after the start in the first corner because they all manage to do it. So that will not change how we run the engine". The timing was right, our procedures were good and I did everything I could.

Afterward, the Ferrari driver, who hadn't won a pole in the past 17 races, explained his enthusiasm.

Meanwhile, the infamous Wall of Champions claimed another victim when Kevin Magnussen lost control and hit the barrier, sending his Haas careening across the track and into the opposite wall.

Williams drivers George Russell and Robert Kubica locked out the back row of the grid, the Briton beating the Pole by 0.8 seconds.

"We did a good performance from free practice one to free practice two; the vehicle felt better but we shall do another step to try to challenge Mercedes tomorrow".

"I hope this is a turning point for them and it's going to be very close from now on and we're going to have a serious battle throughout the season".

"The timing was right, procedures were ideal, we had P1 for a second, but we knew they were quick. We need to look at our options for overtaking cars tomorrow". So coming here and showing the stronger form than we have had in the last races was positive.

It was Hamilton's record seventh victory in Canada and the 78th of his career. "Hard to crack. I really enjoyed it".

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