Canadian Grand Prix: Max Verstappen fastest in first practice

  • Canadian Grand Prix: Max Verstappen fastest in first practice

Canadian Grand Prix: Max Verstappen fastest in first practice

The Brit locked up at the hairpin on the final lap of Q3 to scupper his chances of overtaking pace-setter Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

It was at the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix that Hamilton won his first Formula One race, and he's since gone on to emerge victorious in five of the last eight trips to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.

F1's stricter engine rules for 2018 have limited the components each driver can use per season and Ricciardo's issue in Monaco, plus a problem with the same engine part during a practice session ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix, had left Red Bull fearing he would have to move on to a third MGU-K in Montreal - an automatic 10-place grid penalty.

"Our goal is to finish every single race so I'm hoping for the reliability and I can try and make the difference on the track with my driving".

When asked by Motorsport.com if there was any concerns about suffering higher degradation with the hypersoft in the first stint, he said: "We think it's a good tyre for us, and in the long run [in practice] I felt good on it".

"I was a lot happier with the auto today and I think we can carry that into the race", he said.

"Overall the performance has been there and it's great when you have a session like that".

"Today was a good day, the vehicle is working very well".

The German is seeking to reduce his 14-point deficit to championship leader Hamilton but predicted a closely-fought 70 laps given the similar long-run pace between Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull.

"For myself and for the team I think we start on the right tyre but we will see".

"In terms of strategy we did what we wanted to do".

When asked if he felt Red Bull had the pace for pole after seeing teammate Daniel Ricciardo go quickest in Q2, he said: "I knew we had a good auto, but I wanted to wait and see how competitive we would be in Q3. We are always a bit more competitive in the race".

"Even after Monaco we spoke quite a bit after the race, even Monday we spoke a little bit". We were just trying to figure everything out.

"I don't think it was anything to do with the engine".

"It was a bit different, it was a bit mixed today so I'm not entirely happy with the feel inside the auto yet".