Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Max Verstappen fastest in both practices at Canadian GP

Max Verstappen fastest in both practices at Canadian GP

"We extracted the best we could out of qualifying".

When it comes to the twisty stuff, 11 of the 14 corners are taken below 100 miles per hour, which makes it particularly hard on the brakes and tires when the cars are coming from the high-speed straights. A year later, he won the Spanish Grand Prix and became the youngest victor in F1 history.

Before the race on Sunday, the vehicle Villeneuve used in 1978 will be driven by his 47-year-old son Jacques, the 1997 world champion, to lead the ceremonial parade lap. This season you have seen a lot of surprise results as well, so a lot of things can happen, but is it going to be enough to win the title?

Hamilton will start from behind the front-row in Montreal for the first time in seven years
Hamilton will start from behind the front-row in Montreal for the first time in seven years

Mercedes' decision to choose the fewest number of hyper-soft tyres for this weekend out of all the teams may have contributed as neither driver had tried them until Saturday morning, but Hamilton can not blame only that as Bottas ended up on the front row. "When we got to qualifying, honestly we knew it was going to be very close as it was, but in my heart, I truly feel like we had the pace to lock out the front row, or at least I had the pace to be on the front row". "Ferrari are already very strong on the straights". Sebastian Vettel will certainly be hoping so. Hamilton's Mercedes team leads the constructors' standings with 178 points, followed by Ferrari with 156 and Red Bull with 107. But Vettel's last win came at the second race of the season in Bahrain, with the 30-year-old finishing on the podium just once since then.

It is now slated for introduction at the next race in France, but Ferrari, Renault and Honda all have upgrades in Canada.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, the 2014 Canadian GP victor, is coming off a victory two weeks ago in Monaco.

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That could pave the way for teammate Max Verstappen, under fire for a spate of collisions and crashes, to turn the page on his season.

Although Verstappen has been involved in incidents at every grand prix so far this year, he thinks that his situation has been spun up in to something much bigger. He spent most of the second practice session in the pits waiting for his team to iron out an electrical issue, and managed just 17 laps in the session. Gilles Villeneuve, the favourite driver of Enzo Ferrari and I think his charisma, his character that he brought to Formula One, to racing in general, is still alive today.

Hamilton added: "Straight out of the box today I think we started right with the auto set-up".

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Canadian Lance Stroll, in the other Williams, caught the Wall of Champions in the morning and punctured a tire.

He has raced in the F2 series the last two seasons and now sits 10th in F2 standings after eight races this year, including a third-place finish at Baku, Azerbaijan.

McLaren's double world champion Fernando Alonso, meanwhile, will be be celebrating his 300th F1 entry.

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