Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel admitted that he was outpaced by “the better man” in the qualifying session on Saturday, but insisted his SF70H car will have the pace in order to carry him to victory in Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix. Speaking to reporters after Lewis Hamilton’s 65th career pole position – equalling Ayrton Senna’s total number of pole positions – had put Mercedes at the front of the grid, the four-time champion German was adamant that he can still win the race in Montreal.
Sebastian Vettel was fastest in Saturday morning’s third and final free practice session, but was only second best in the afternoon when he was outpaced by three-tenths of a second and will therefore start second on the grid, ahead of the other Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas and Scuderia Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen: “I think we always expected Mercedes to be very quick, especially in the last segment. Lewis did a better job today and he got a good lap. He was the better man today. I thought we could step it up and find a bit of time. I lost a bit into Turn Two, and then lost two-tenths out of the second corner and then I knew I had to catch up, which I did until the end of the lap. The car was very good and I was happy this morning so we should be good in the race. I think we have the pace to win.” – Scuderia Ferrari’s German driver explained, as reported by Italian national sports newspaper Corriere dello Sport.
Ahead of the 2017 Canadian Grand Prix, which will take place today at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Sebastian Vettel has 129 points after winning three of the first six rounds in the 2017 Formula One season, and is currenly leading Lewis Hamilton by 25 points.