Verstappen Sweeps Practice Rounds Ahead of Canadian GP Qualifying

  • Verstappen Sweeps Practice Rounds Ahead of Canadian GP Qualifying

Verstappen Sweeps Practice Rounds Ahead of Canadian GP Qualifying

The circuit in Montreal has a special meaning for the Scuderia, as it is named after their former driver Gilles Villeneuve, who died after an accident during final qualifying at the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix.

The top four all lapped inside the one minute 11 seconds mark.

He added: "I get really exhausted of all the comments saying I should change my approach". Yesterday I wasn't really in charge, I was more of a passenger.

"I think if I get a few more I'll head-butt someone", he said, only slowly allowing a faint grin.

"I'm a bit surprised that both of the Red Bulls chose that, but I guess they have their reasons".

Vettel wasn't happy about the number of cars on track unaware of the drivers approaching them on a flying lap. "But it was fantastic".

Lewis Hamilton handed the advantage to rival Sebastian Vettel after a mistake on his final run left him only fourth on the grid for the Canadian Grand Prix.

The Dutchman will line up third.

"It was a good day", Verstappen said. "But it showed in Monaco that we have a great vehicle. In the race, it all calms down a bit so that's why I think we're always a bit more competitive in the race".

Lewis Hamilton admits a "messy" qualifying put paid to his hopes of claiming a record-equalling seventh Canadian GP pole - but the world championship leader believes all is not lost yet ahead of Sunday's race. Yesterday was very hard but today I switched on.

Esteban Ocon ensured it won't be a case of two-by-two on the grid as he secured eighth ahead of Carlos Sainz and Sergio Perez, and the long-run pace suggests another close battle in the race. So constantly today going into that corner I was struggling to get the auto stopped, be it front locking or rear locking, so it was quite messy.

"It was close between us but Ferrari did a better job than us today and that's the way it is".

Shortly after Verstappen and Hamilton's benchmark laps, Daniel Ricciardo moved into third on fresh hypersofts, which pushed the second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas - like Hamilton running ultrasofts - down to fourth.

"I definitely feel that some of it has been that, lack of track time, lack of rhythm".

"Now he (Verstappen) is in the spotlight. any small error now I think he's probably going to get a little picked apart from", Ricciardo said.

On a dry and sunlit day, there was immediate drama when Frenchman Romain Grosjean pulled up in the pit-lane with clouds of smoke billowing from his Haas car's Ferrari engine. "But we're going to get it later anyway, so that's all good".

It is the Italian team's first time on pole in Montreal since seven-time champion Michael Schumacher managed it in 2001.