Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix preview

Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix preview

"On my last try in Q3, I suddenly had a lot of understeer entering Turn 2, I struggled to turn the auto round", said Raikkonen.

"I don't know, I haven't seen much of the times of the others so it's hard to read yet".

Sebastian Vettel and his Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen were subdued after finishing fifth and second respectively at the end of Friday's practice for the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix.

"We extracted the best we could out of qualifying", Verstappen said.

Vettel was never threatened from pole, leading easily off the line and nailing his sole pit stop to ensure he cruised past the checkered flag first.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen snapped after he was repeatedly asked about the crashes he has been involved in recently.

The Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas will also start in the front row.

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"It was a good race", he enthused.

Bottas fought off the fast-starting Verstappen to retain second, moments before the race was neutralised when Toro Rosso's Brendon Hartley and Williams' Lance Stroll collided spectacularly. The vehicle is working well and we're just missing out on top speed.

In the final five laps, Hamilton pushed Ricciardo hard in the battle for fourth but the Australian - victor at Monaco last time out - just held on with the four-time world champion forced to relinquish his standings lead as he recorded his lowest placing of the season.

From pre-season testing, through Monaco and right up to yesterday morning, Mercedes have steadfastly avoided using the hypersoft tyre introduced by Pirelli this season.

But Bottas and Hamilton may have been set back by the team's inability to get an updated engine ready in time for the race, while Ferrari and Red Bull both had new parts. Obviously, Max showed some pace, so I think there's a bit for us to learn. That form then carried into Sunday as he led the field away from pole position at the race start.

"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. Daniel Ricciardo, coming off a victory two weeks ago at Monaco, lost power early in the afternoon and spent more than an hour in the garage before returning to post the third-quickest time of 1:12.603 for Red Bull. "We've seen this year it's very close between the three teams and the six drivers so we'll see, but for sure if you start on pole you want to win".

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