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SEBASTIAN VETTEL produced a magnificent last-gasp effort to snatch pole away from Lewis Hamilton for the Canadian Grand Prix.
Reigning world champion Hamilton was on course to start today’s race at the very front of the grid but Vettel had other ideas.
The German (above) has endured a miserable season so far but he delivered his first pole of the year with a potentially season-changing qualifying performance.
It was also a good day for Vettel’s Ferrari team-mate Charles Leclerc after the youngster came home third ahead of Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo.
Mercedes were surprisingly off the pace as Valtteri Bottas could only put his car in sixth behind Red Bull’s Pierre Gasly. The Silver Arrows have a new engine at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and their rivals would have feared the worst ahead of qualifying.
But Ferrari’s straight-line speed advantage also put them in a strong position to fight for pole, and they delivered the goods.
The Italians have struggled to contend with Mercedes this season, but Vettel’s exploits will give them hope.
The under-performing Scuderia have not won a race this season, while Vettel is without a victory since last August’s Belgian GP.