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Lewis Hamilton feared engine failure 'every lap' in Canada

11 June 2018

"I think it's probably not a question for us".

Hamilton's title rival and fellow four-time champion Sebastian Vettel took his 54th career pole to put Ferrari on top in qualifying in Canada for the first time since 2001. "It's unbelievable. I said yesterday how much this place means to Ferrari and to have a race like we had today is unbelievable", said Vettel. "So I tried it all but I wasn't sure until the end if it was enough".

Hamilton was only able to muster up a P5 finish in Canada which was enough to see race victor Sebastian Vettel re-take the lead at the top of the standings.

But it was a decision Red Bull made earlier in the session, in Q2, to complete their best lap on the Hypersoft tyre and not the more durable Ultrasoft, which Ferrari and Mercedes had on their cars, which confused Vettel as it means both Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo will use that compound in the first stint. "On my steering wheel they have the lap count and it showed one more lap to go".

Hamilton had gone into the meeting in Montreal with a 14-point advantage but leaves one point behind Vettel, a vast swing he would not have anticipated from one of his favourite circuits.

But Bottas and Hamilton may have been set back by the team's inability to get an updated engine ready in time for the race, while Ferrari and Red Bull both had new parts.

"Our vehicle wasn't good enough, so I won't get too upset".

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German Nico Hulkenberg came home seventh ahead of his Renault team-mate Spaniard Carlos Sainz, Frenchman Esteban Ocon of Force India and Monegasque Charles Leclerc of Sauber.

The pair were eliminated in Q1, along with Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly and Williams duo Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin.

After being checked at the medical centre, Hartley was then sent to hospital for further checks.

A steward's investigation found neither driver at fault.

It was also a short day for Stroll, a Montreal native who locked up with Hartley heading into Turn 5 on the first lap. I had a moment of oversteer.

Toto Wolff says the Canadian GP weekend serves as a "major wake-up call" to Mercedes to get to grips with the "new reality" of F1's expanded battle for honours.

It was the 300th F1 race for two-time champion Fernando Alonso of McLaren, good for fourth all-time. He earned his first Formula One points with a ninth-place finish at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve previous year. I was very happy with my first lap, and then there was a Safety Car, and I was like 'no!' But then I had a good restart, so I stayed out of trouble, and then I was able to open a gap gradually, control the pace.

Lewis Hamilton feared engine failure 'every lap' in Canada