Max Verstappen sets pace at Canadian Grand Prix

Jose Verdugo
Junio 13, 2018

It was a far more polished performance than two weeks ago at the Monaco Grand Prix when Verstappen crashed in final practice and started the race from the back of grid.

Verstappen clocked a best lap in one minute, 12.198 seconds to outpace nearest rival Kimi Raikkonen, the 2007 champion, of Ferrari by 0.130 seconds in the second session.

Sebastian Vettel had a steering problem that washed out much of the first practice session at the Canadian Grand Prix and then brushed the wall later in the day. The only thing slowing the German down on Saturday was a line of cars that interrupted his attempt at going even faster. And having such good momentum at the moment I think a penalty would take a bit of wind out of our sails. "I will never do that".

"I definitely feel that some of it has been that, lack of track time, lack of rhythm". The tyres were holding on really well at the end when I was challenging Valtteri because he was fuel saving which shows our auto was working well and for sure we have a very competitive vehicle at the moment.

"I'm very happy with this weekend so far. I guess I woke up the right way and what a day".

Hamilton leads Vettel by 14 points in the championship heading into the weekend, with Ricciardo third, 38 points off the lead.

The Dutchman's litany of misjudgments means that with less than a third of the season gone, he already trails championship leader Lewis Hamiton by 75 points.

"As hard as days like today are, there's no points today", Hamilton said.

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Twenty-four hours after his impetuous performance at a pre-race news briefing, in which he threatened to "head-butt" his inquisitors, it was a flawless answer to those who had questioned his temperament after a series of incidents this season.

Verstappen dominated practice after his "headbutt" threat in Montreal.

Verstappen, who also spun out in Australia and finished sixth, said he's not going to change the approach that made him, at the age of 17, the youngest driver ever to compete in Formula One.

"It's probably the first time in a while that we have gained really good team points so it's a good weekend from that perspective and also good for Max". "The auto all weekend has been really strong".

Earlier in qualifying, local favorite Lance Stroll failed to make it out of the first session and will start 18th.

Fernando Alonso was impressive in seventh place for McLaren, just 0.598 seconds off the pace and on the same ultra-soft tyres as Mercedes were using.

Ricciardo was however buoyed by Verstappen's pace after his own session was cut short by issues and he was therefore unable to uncover the true pace of his own vehicle. On Saturday, he hit an animal that had wandered onto the track and damaged his nose cone.

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