Daniel Ricciardo suspects Mercedes have the upper hand in Canada

13 June, 2018, 20:11 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • 'If I get a few more I'll head-butt someone' - F1 driver snaps over line of questioning

Ricciardo took a different direction in setting up his RB14 after Friday's running and, while Verstappen then completed a clean sweep of practice sessions in Saturday morning's FP3, the Aussie was over half a second off.

Again, Kimi Raikkonen led the Ferrari charge in second place, but Monaco victor Daniel Ricciardo, who missed a large chunk of FP2 as mechanics rushed to fix a mechanical problem, was able to end the day third.

Ricciardo will start the race on the softer hypersoft compound tyre, as will Verstappen in third place - whereas the Mercedes and Ferrari cars will all line up on ultrasofts.

Kiwi driver Brendon Hartley, whose F1 future is up in the air after it emerged the Toro Rosso team made a bid for McLaren protege Lando Norris, was 12th and 1.691s off the pace in the second practice.

"(We're) not yet there", said Vettel.

"It was a special feeling pulling out of pit lane - I had a big smile on my face", the 22-year-old said. "And I think if I get a few more, I'll head-butt someone".

Lewis Hamilton will start the race from fourth after a disappointing qualifying session, which saw him removed from the Canadian front-row for the first time in seven years. "If we got in that mess around here on this circuit, it is not as bad as Monaco but it is still very hard to make much progress here". "The auto was working well".

"It's such a fun track to drive and we didn't have any problems, I really enjoyed it", said Hamilton, who claimed his first career Grand Prix victory in Montreal and has won the last three straight races on the island circuit.


He has a 14-point lead over Vettel and a 38-point edge on Ricciardo.

All three have won two races so far this season.

While Mercedes and Ferrari opted to qualify on the ultrasoft tyres in Q2, Red Bull went for the hypersofts, which means Verstappen and Ricciardo will have the advantage of grippier rubber in the early stages.

While an issue during the second session was initially thought to be MGU-K related, many still fearing that the Australian is on the verge of a grid penalty following the Monaco failure, it turned out to be an electrical issue related to the Renault engine update.

Only Stoffel Vandoorne and Carlos Sainz, who crashed out of the session, posted fewer trips around the track. The main thing was to get through the program, which we did.

"I feel like we were always kind of one step back, I think we got our stuff together in qualifying and I felt the laps were worth more than a sixth place, but in the end they weren't", he added.

Romain Grosjean damaged his nose cone when he hit an animal, believed to be a groundhog in the afternoon. Sauber's Marcus Ericsson also had a spin that left him facing the wrong way on the track, but he straightened out and resumed.

Stroll touched a wall in the morning session, forcing a stop for repairs, but was back out for a full run in the afternoon.

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