Sebastian Vettel handed Ferrari their first Canadian Grand Prix pole position since Michael Schumacher in 2001 on Saturday while Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton qualified fourth for Mercedes. The four-time Formula One champion leads this year's standings with 110 points in the first six races, 14 points ahead of Vettel. Circuit Gilles Villeneuve... Gilles is huge for Ferrari and Canada is linked to that name.
"I guess, it could come as soon as Paul Ricard". His tally includes six pole positions and six wins, and he has not finished off the podium when he has seen the chequered flag.
"I am not happy with sixth, but am I happy with the way I drove and actually what we did, yes".
It was the fifth time in seven races that both Williams cars failed to advance out of the first phase.
A day after Verstappen half-jokingly threatened to head-butt anyone who asked him about recent crashes, the Dutchman completed the 2.71-mile (4.36-km) lap in 1 minute, 12.198 seconds.
But despite Red Bull picking up where they left off in Monaco, Ricciardo knows the team won't have it as easy over the next couple of days. "It's great when you have a session like that". By qualifying the German was much more competitive and pulled out two impressive laps in Q3 to beat Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas by less than 0.1s, and he suggests the turnaround from yesterday's position is significant. The Briton has won the last three on the track that seems to suit the Mercedes auto with its heavy braking after long straightaways and tight chicanes.
Mercedes found a "quality issue" with their upgraded engine, believed to be a tolerance that would have made the engine unlikely to last the seven races engines need to run this season.
"We are very accepting of the fact that in hindsight it would have been nice if we had more time to prepare on the hypersoft, but it wasn't the case", said Hamilton, whose final Q3 lap on the tyre was two tenths adrift of pole.
The Ferrari driver has just one Montreal victory on his board, winning in 2013 with Red Bull.
In the Thursday press conference, Verstappen faced a barrage of questions about his approach to racing and his temperament but on Friday, he did his real talking - delivering a faultless display on a track where Red Bull was not expected to contend.
"To compensate for this lack of low-speed grip we have to carry more wing which means more drag". "But it showed in Monaco that we have a great vehicle. I think we can do a good job".
Vettel sees another chance to honour the memory of Gilles Villeneuve, who died in a crash at the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix, with a Ferrari win.
"I think Monaco was a one-off", said Hamilton.
Mercedes will hope their pace on the harder compounds will be enough to keep them in the fight but it is the Scuderia and Vettel in the prime spot to match what Hamilton and Bottas try and ultimately do look to have the better pace.