LEWIS HAMILTON's dreams to reach a seventh heaven in Canada turned into a nightmare after he could only qualify in fourth place.
The Brit, who currently leads the drivers' championship by 14 points, saw title rival Sebastian Vettel take pole position for today's Canadian Grand Prix.
Hamilton, who has won in Montreal six times before, was going in search of a seventh victory, which would equal Michael Schumacher's all-time record.
However, he was outclassed by both Ferraris and his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and, to wreck his day, he flat-spotted his tyres which he will start the race on.
Hamilton went first but his time was quickly bettered by Bottas, who will start in second place.
However, that was then surpassed by Vettel, who went even quicker with his final flying lap to take pole, while Red Bull's Max Verstappen will start in third place.
Fernando Alonso will start his 300th Grand Prix from a lowly 14th place after he failed to make it into Q3 in his McLaren.
Hamilton said: "It just did not really develop. It did not get any quicker and it was a difficult session. It was just the laps, they were not great laps.
"Our race pace was quite good yesterday and I thought our single-lap pace was good too, it just didn't come together.
"I don't think it was anything to do with the engines. It was close between us but Ferrari did a better job than us today and that's the way it is."
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Meanwhile, Claire Williams says the Williams F1 team will not write off this season - despite their dreadful start to the campaign.
The once great all-conquering team of the 80s and 90s that powered the likes of Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost and Damon Hill to glory, is currently bottom of the championship.
With four points on the board they are behind newbies Haas and strugglers, Sauber, in the pecking order and their drivers Sergey Sirotkin and Lance Stroll qualified in 18th and 17th place.
She said: "We're obviously having quite a difficult start to our year but we have a really strong technical team in place who are working really hard.
"That's whole purpose of our recovery plan. We've never said we're going to write this season off. In no way would we ever say that at Williams.
"We haven't done what we wanted to do in the first third of the season -- scoring four points is not where we want to be.
"But it does require a little bit of patience. It's not easy turning things around that fast."
Felipe Massa, who left the team at the end of last season and will race in Formula E, added: "They are struggling a lot. There's nobody, me more than anyone else, who wants to see Williams last in the championship.
"I really hope they improve and manage to understand their problems."
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