Max Verstappen sweeps Friday F1 practice in Montreal

Max Verstappen sweeps Friday F1 practice in Montreal

"We are not there yet and we need a little more time to get it all together, but I expect we will be there tomorrow (Saturday for qualifying)".

It is the Italian team's first time on pole in Montreal since seven-time champion Michael Schumacher managed it in 2001. Vettel said. "I brushed the wall and lost some time getting ready for the second session".

His McLaren team-mate, Stoffel Vandoorne, will start a place behind him, and Kevin Magnussen, Brendon Hartley and Charles Leclerc also missed out on a top-10 berth on the grid.

Ricciardo and Verstappen's respective seasons couldn't be more contrasting at this stage, with the Australian in line to fight Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel for the world title.

Verstappen, who made a sensational teenage arrival in F1 with a victory on his debut with Red Bull at the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix, crashed in practice at the Monaco Grand Prix two weeks ago and had to start from the back of the grid.

"Even after Monaco we spoke quite a bit after the race, even Monday we spoke a little bit".

Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport's team boss Toto Wolff says he would consider making a move on Max Verstappen in the future when his Aston Martin Red Bull Racing contract is up. We know in qualifying we are missing top speed.

Mercedes, who chose not to introduce their new upgraded power units in Montreal and struggled to extract the best from the "hyper-soft" tyre, saw Hamilton struggle to find the form that has enabled him to dominate in the past.

On a dry and sunlit day, there was immediate drama when Romain Grosjean pulled up in the pit-lane with clouds of smoke billowing from his Haas car's Ferrari engine.

Regarding how often that happens, Ricciardo said: "I wouldn't say a lot, but we have a pretty good off-track relationship".

Red Bull's decision to lock themselves in to starting the race on the fast but brittle hypersoft after running the compound on both their cars in Q2 throws a curveball in to Sunday's opening stint given both Ferrari and Mercedes are starting on a harder compound, the ultrasoft.

The Dutchman was 0.088 seconds quicker but was using softer, faster tyres.

"I'm getting really exhausted of all the questions", said the 20-year-old, who has fewer than half the points of Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo ahead of Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix.

And then a quick new track record for Vettel, knocking spots off the Mercedes with 1:10.776.



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