Sebastian Vettel back with a bang

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Scuderia Ferrari have had several opportunities to assert themselves as true rivals to Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport, which have been the dominant team in Formula 1 through six of the 2019 season's first 21 races, so far this season, namely in the season's second and fourth races, the Bahrain Grand Prix and the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, respectively.

Defending champion Vettel of Germany led the way on the 4.361-kilometre Circuit Gilles Villeneuve with a lap of one minute 10.843 seconds, one tenth of a second faster than teammate Charles Leclerc of Monaco.

Vettel stopped Mercedes' sequence of four front-row lockouts with his first pole since July 2018, a run of 17 races, with a final lap hailed as "outstanding" by Sky F1's Martin Brundle.

But Ferrari's prodigious straight-line speed came to the rescue on the pair's second laps.

It was Vettel's fifth career pole position at the Canadian Grand Prix.

After the race, Vettel opened his radio channel to say, "No, no, no, guys, not like that".

"I really enjoyed it, I wish I could do it again just for the fun of it". It was a big step for me to go to a plant-based diet and it has a very positive affect on me mentally and physically.

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc was third, almost a second behind the Mercedes cars, while Sebastian Vettel, who has already been cast 55 points adrift of Hamilton, finished fifth, 1.1secs off the pace.

"The auto felt better and better through qualifying". "It looked like we were very strong throughout the weekend".

"We are all hungry here so I think that will certainly help us in the next few weeks, month and races", he added.

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The last time the 31-year-old went into a Sunday ahead of the pack was at his home Grand Prix of Germany last season.

"It must be targeted at me, George (Russell) and Alex (Albon), because we're the youngest in F1 and I'm not suffering perhaps as much as he thinks I should". "Really, really thoroughly happy with the job".

"Today's been pretty good and we achieved a lot of running", Ricciardo told the Renault website.

"I don't want to say I can't believe it", he said.

"I don't remember the last time I missed a whole session before. We'll see tomorrow if that's enough".

Vettel parked his auto at the end of the pit lane and did not take part in the post-race interviews, immediately going instead to his team motorhome before returning to he podium ceremony.

Lewis Hamilton has assured Lando Norris that his claim Formula One should be a man's sport was not aimed at the British teenager. However, Sainz also faces a potential-post session penalty for impeding Alex Albon in Q1.

All of the top three will start on medium-compound Pirellis having used that tyre spec in Q2, as will the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas.

The Dane brushed the exit of the final chicane, the so-called Wall of Champions, which spat him across the track to make heavy contact with the pit wall just before the start-finish line.

Prior to Qualifying, Hamilton had a shaky Friday afternoon when his Mercedes hit the wall at Turn 9, causing damage to his rear suspension and gearbox.