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Formula One: Vettel confident but says Hamilton was 'better man'

11 Juin 2017

World championship leader Sebastian Vettel topped the times ahead of his Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen in Saturday morning s third and final free practice session ahead of Sunday s Canadian Grand Prix.

LEWIS HAMILTON blasted his way to a brilliant 65th pole position of his Formula One career to equal Ayrton Senna's record. Mercedes, meanwhile, continue to show they have the edge over Ferrari over a single lap - the team have secured the top spot in five of the seven meetings this season - but Ferrari have good race pace, with their straight-line speed looking to be more than a match for their rivals'.

Raikkonen completed the completed the 2.71 mile lap at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in 1 minute, 12.935 seconds.

"It was a sexy lap", he beamed. It was a great lap.

Lewis Hamilton came closest, the Briton just 0.354s shy of Vettel's best. I had completely forgotten that.

Montreal native Lance Stroll was 17th in practice at his first Formula One race on his hometown track.

A five-time victor at the Canadian GP, which celebrates its 50th anniversary, Hamilton already led qualifying - but by just four one-thousandths of a second over Sebastien Vettel - when he made his final trip around the circuit. Valtteri Bottas, in the sister Mercedes, was fifth in the order behind Red Bull's Max Verstappen.

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"I don't actually own or possess anything from Ayrton, so this is the most special thing I have, above and beyond all of my trophies", Hamilton added. The first sector was fantastic and then I managed to be just a little bit up on each one.

Senna, also a triple champion, died in a crash at Italy's Imola circuit in 1994.

Senna's niece Bianca Senna said that her uncle would have been only too happy, if he had still been alive today, to have presented the helmet himself to Hamilton. I think we have the pace to win.

Whilst one Spaniard in Carlos Sainz recovered from his morning engine troubles, Fernando Alonso spent most of the time in the McLaren garage and surrounding areas, as his mechanics worked away on his vehicle after a hydraulic pressure issue saw his limited FP1 end.

Stoffel Vandoorne was 16th, 0.4s behind Alonso, while Magnussen had a delayed session and could only register a time good enough for 17th.

Pressure has been mounting on McLaren's engine partner Honda to deliver but no upgrades have been ready for Montreal and the team continues to languish down the timesheets.

Williams' Felipe Massa was seventh, his team-mate Lance Stroll struggling so far on his debut at his home race with the 18th fastest time, almost a second behind the Brazilian.