Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Max Verstappen fastest in both practices at Canadian GP

Max Verstappen fastest in both practices at Canadian GP

That is Hamilton's lowest starting spot since 2011 and leaves him facing a tough task to stretch his advantage in the drivers' championship over Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who starts on pole.

"That has never happened to me, four cars doing, I don't know, maximum 100kph and if they weren't told, they weren't looking, I don't know what they were doing". Yesterday we had a couple of small lock-ups but not a lot and as you continue to push the set-up there are areas that can be affected. It would be much more of a problem if I would be really slow, because that is a critical problem.' When pushed further to explain why he had crashed so much this year, Verstappen replied: 'Like I said I get a bit exhausted of all the questions. Yesterday was very hard, but today it switched on. I guess I woke up the right way. The circuit, a layout of fast straights broken up by quick chicanes and hemmed in by concrete barriers, has tended to play to the horsepower advantage of their auto. "A little bit obviously frustrating not to get many laps, but the problem doesn't seem dramatic". "But it was fantastic".

Red Bull's Max Verstappen set the pace in all three practice sessions in Montreal, with Vettel struggling on Friday and saying he was unhappy with his car's handling.

The Dutchman will line up third.

Lewis Hamilton said he enjoyed a "beautiful day" of opening practice at the Canadian GP but now waits to learn how Mercedes' extensive work to improve their fortunes on F1's fastest tyre plays into their bid to win this weekend. "The car's been working really be third is great for us".

"I think we looked quite competitive and it was a positive start to the weekend".

Hamilton will still be chasing a fourth consecutive win in Montreal on Sunday to equal Schumacher's mark of seven victories at an island circuit named after Canada's late Ferrari great. "I had the pace to be on the front row but just struggled in the session and wasn't able to pull it through".

As a result, neither Hamilton nor Bottas set any times on the pink-striped tyre during the qualifying simulation programme and instead stuck to the ultrasoft and supersoft options. That could leave Hamilton and team-mate Valtteri Bottas - a threetime podium finisher in Canada -vulnerable to a challenge from Red Bull and Ferrari who will be running fresh engines.

"So far everything went well and I have a good feeling".

The failure added to a miserable weekend for Grosjean, who has yet to score a point this season and damaged his auto slightly during Friday's free practice when he struck a groundhog.

The session stopped for three minutes after Carlos Sainz's Renault hit a barrier and spun out, then yellow flags came out when Stoffel Vandoorne broke his suspension after his McLaren touched a wall, ending his afternoon.

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