Mistake-free Verstappen tops first Canadian GP practice

Max Verstappen

A win on Sunday would also see Hamilton draw level with F1 legend Michael Schumacher as the joint-most successful Canadian Grand Prix driver of all time on seven titles apiece.

Ricciardo won in Monaco despite nursing an engine problem so terminal that his Red Bull boss Christian Horner likened it to the troubling Apollo 13 space mission.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen boosted his hopes of becoming Formula One's youngest driver on pole position after completing his domination of Canadian Grand Prix practice on Saturday (June 9). "There was some electrical stuff going on that hindered us this morning and then this afternoon, so not the best day, but we're OK".

Ricciardo admitted that it was decided early to start the race using the Hypersoft Pirelli tyre opposed to the Ultrasoft that both Scuderia Ferrari and both Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport drivers will start on, and it should enable him and team-mate Max Verstappen to be aggressive in the opening laps and with the strategy. The Monaco Grand Prix victor set the fastest first sector of the session before a lock-up at the tight hairpin at the start of sector three cost him significant time on what proved to be his personal best lap. He closed in on Bottas towards the end as the Mercedes man let off, while Ricciardo gapped Hamilton behind with a series of strong laps while the reigning world champion nursed an engine issue.

"To be third is great for us and I think in the race we can do a really good job."
The 36-year-old Spaniard fears the high-powered Montreal track will work against his McLaren auto.

Renault has brought a power unit upgrade to Montreal, but Mercedes and Ferrari made up the top three through the speed trap in sectors one and two on Friday, with Verstappen second quickest to Kimi Raikkonen in sector three.

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From the start, Verstappen nearly got the jump on Bottas, but the Finn held his line around the outside of Turn 1 to take the inside line into the next corner, keeping hold of second spot.

"It's all very close; disappointing to be at the tail end of that top pack but actually I don't think we could have done more." . "But looking at where we were, it doesn't make me satisfied, but I feel like we did all we could with what we had".

Third on the timesheet was Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo. "I'm happy for Canada that we participate in this sport". The main thing was to get through the program, which we did.

Asked why he had experienced so many crashes, he paused before he said: "I don't know".

"So, I'm going to have to work for it, but I would love to have this feeling every race, that we genuinely believe we've got a chance to win..." "Now we just have to break it down and get it in the best position for (qualifying)".

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