After ending the final free practice session with the quickest time, Sebastian Vettel admitted he was thinking it possible to claim pole position for the Canadian Grand Prix, only to fall short and qualify third when it mattered.
The Scuderia Ferrari driver came within 0.178 seconds of top spot, but was denied pole position and a front row start by the two Mercedes AMG PETRONAS drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.
Vettel felt he lost some time on his final qualifying lap that could have been the decisive time loss to lose out on the pole, but is in a positive frame of mind heading into Sunday’s Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
“After P3 I was thinking about pole position, I thought it was possible,” revealed Vettel. “The car felt great all day, I think we did a step forward overnight.
“The last lap in qualifying I was very happy, I knew that it will be very close, unfortunately not close enough, so I think it wasn’t entirely perfect.
“I lost a bit of time maybe on the exit of Turn 10, I was maybe a bit too early on power, and that compromised the traction, which maybe caused me to lose some momentum onto the straight, I don’t know how much, we’ll find out later, but probably half a tenth or something, so it could have been better overall.
“I think we all have the feeling today that we can achieve something great. We missed it, but not by much, so I hope for tomorrow. We didn’t have any problem, nothing near to the issues we had in the last two races, we’ve been focusing on that.
“Here anything is possible, it’s a track where a lot of things can happen, tomorrow’s weather forecast is also quite tricky, we’ll see.”