Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Max Verstappen sweeps Friday F1 practice in Montreal

Max Verstappen sweeps Friday F1 practice in Montreal

Ferrari superstar Sebastian Vettel has leaped ahead of Lewis Hamilton after a solid drive to claim victory in the Canadian Grand Prix.

The Englishman, who arrived in North America with a 14-point lead over Vettel, will now head to the next round in France trailing his Ferrari rival by one point.

Vettel, from his fourth Canadian pole, made a clean start while behind him Bottas had to scrap to resist a robust attack from Verstappen.

In the Constructors' Championship, Mercedes leads with 178 points, Ferrari is second with 156 points and Red Bull is third with 107 points.

The Canadian Grand Prix top three in qualifying: Valteri Bottas (2nd), Sebastian Vettel (1st) and Max Verstappen (3rd).

While Vettel made a clean getaway from the start, with Verstappen nearly passing Bottas, there was chaos behind when Williams' Canadian Lance Stroll squeezed Toro Rosso's Brendon Hartley into the wall.

He retired in Azerbaijan after a collision with Ricciardo and in China he tangled with Hamilton and Vettel, finishing fifth after a 10-second penalty demoted him from fourth, while Ricciardo won the race.

"There isn't something specific about this track, it's just that the auto has been performing well all weekend and that makes me confident as well", Verstappen said.

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Vettel sees another chance to honour the memory of Gilles Villeneuve, who died in a crash at the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix, with a Ferrari win.

"From the start all of a sudden I was down on power and my engine was saying it was over temperature and I couldn't get the temperatures down".

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. With a new engine upgrade fitted to Vettel's auto this weekend, Ferrari was expected to be one of the favourites in Canada but Vettel was not happy with his performance after he was restricted to just 17 laps in second practice due to vehicle issues at the start of the session.

"I feel very emotional", the German said.

Vettel was aware enough of the error to complete the full distance at racing speed, although after he crossed the line at the end of the 70th and final lap, the race result was then based on positions at the end of lap 68.

"The numbers are just in theory, but there would have been gains", Bottas said.

"You can see just how tight things are at the front of the grid, so I think it could be tricky to overtake tomorrow". "The positive is that we have both cars starting on the UltraSoft, so we hope to be in a strong position for the race with a number of strategic options".

"It's also a race that rarely runs start to finish without a few incidents or safety cars, so there is plenty of opportunity likely to come our way if we can stay at the front and put some pressure on the cars around us".

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