Verstappen top third Canadian practice

Verstappen top third Canadian practice

Ross Houston
June 10, 2018

A day after Verstappen half-jokingly threatened to head-butt anyone who asked him about recent crashes, the Dutchman completed the 2.71-mile (4.36-km) lap in 1 minute, 12.198 seconds.

Given his struggles to find a good balance since the start of Friday practice, Ricciardo feels he can take comfort in how he performed on Saturday afternoon. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel is second with 96 points and Red Bull Racing's Daniel Ricciardo is third with 72 points. In qualifying he finished at the back of the customary battle between the top three teams, almost 0.2s off Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen, who managed to split the Mercedes drivers and claim third position.

"If we did the same as the others, it would just probably put us in the running sequence of everyone, so this is why we'll try it and hopefully it works".

Hamilton will start from behind the front-row in Montreal for the first time in seven years
Hamilton will start from behind the front-row in Montreal for the first time in seven years

Qualifying was finely poised going into the final runs, with Raikkonen in third position, albeit 0.3s behind Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel. A few mistakes, especially Monaco and China, but it doesn't make sense to keep talking about it because I get really exhausted of it.

Verstappen, who also spun out in Australia and finished sixth, said he's not going to change the approach that made him, at the age of 17, the youngest driver ever to compete in Formula One. "The auto was working well".

Cape Town - Lewis Hamilton can make history this evening as he fights for his seventh Canadian GP victory, and the honour of being only the second driver to claim more than six wins at a single event.

The four-time Formula One champion leads this year's standings with 110 points in the first six races, 14 points ahead of Vettel. 'Two [incidents] were my fault, but I had three in one weekend in 2016 in Monaco, ' he added. But I just struggled in the session and couldn't pull it through.

Only Stoffel Vandoorne and Carlos Sainz, who crashed out of the session, posted fewer trips around the track.

"Yesterday the auto balance was great into Turn Ten", he continued, "and usually the last sector is my strongest at this track, but I was just struggling with massive bumps into Turn Ten". We knew in Q3 it would be a bit harder for us but to be still so close was good.

"I am happy with this weekend so far".

All five of those drivers had been in the drop zone after their first runs in Q2, but despite all finding time on their second set of hypersofts none were able to break into the top 10. The auto was incredible, it just kept getting quicker.

Stroll also had a mishap in the morning session as his back right tire clipped the infamous Wall of Champions on the final turn, causing a puncture.

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