Verstappen keeps it clean in Canada to be fastest in practice

Gilles Villeneuve

Bottas in P2 will need a flawless start tomorrow to challenge the Ferrari in front of him.

Vettel won his fourth Canadian Grand Prix pole. From the number of red flags with the prancing pony logo, the Italian squad remains the clear favourite in the grandstands. "Gilles Villeneuve, the favourite driver of Enzo Ferrari. It has brought me to where I am right now and after the race is not the right time to talk".

"A lot of Ferrari fans - probably a lot of them from back then as well when they were kids".

"It's just been a hard day", he said after unexpectedly being out-qualified by team mate Bottas.

It is the Italian team's first time on pole in Montreal since seven-time champion Michael Schumacher managed it in 2001. Vettel's best lap time of one minute 10.776 seconds bested the record of 1:11.459 set previous year by Mercedes ace Lewis Hamilton. Fortunately the forecast looks good this year, with only partly cloudy skies predicted for both Saturday's qualifying and Sunday's race. "It's great when you have a session like that".

Sebastian Vettel and his Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen were subdued after finishing fifth and second respectively at the end of Friday's practice for the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix. The Briton has won the last three on the track that seems to suit the Mercedes auto with its heavy braking after long straightaways and tight chicanes.

"We have the B-spec engine this weekend, the upgrade, and I think just configuring a few things on that, we're not necessarily aligned, so we just had to go through a little bit of trial and error".




He has a 14-point lead over Vettel and a 38-point edge on Ricciardo.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen snapped after he was repeatedly asked about the crashes he has been involved in recently.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, the 2014 Canadian GP victor, is coming off a victory two weeks ago in Monaco. We were just trying to figure everything out.

"I think they'll be at this stage hard to beat, but I think we can still improve the vehicle a lot, do more laps, learn a bit more and I think we'll be okay".

The young Dutchman clocked the best time of the day in the afternoon session, one minute, 12.198 seconds, ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull team mate and Monaco Grand Prix victor Daniel Ricciardo.

However, Hamilton refused to blame that for his deficit to his rivals: "I don't think today's performance has got anything to do with the older engine". "I was a lot happier with the auto and I think we can carry that into the race. It will be very close again".

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