Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Canada miracle repeat on cards for Ricciardo

Canada miracle repeat on cards for Ricciardo

Hamilton is concerned that doing this race with an old engine that will have lost a small amount of power over its life could be enough to make it hard to contend for victory at a track where he has won six times in 10 races.

Ricciardo, whose contract with Red Bull is up after the season, playfully refused to confirm or deny that he has been contacted by Ferrari or Mercedes.

The Red Bull driver has been under growing pressure this season following a number of key incidents, even suggesting he might "headbutt someone" on Thursday in response to ongoing questions about his performance.

Max Verstappen set the pace for the second practice session in a row at the Canadian Grand Prix as the top three teams all looked competitive on Friday afternoon.

Here, we take a look at the key talking points ahead of Sunday's race in Montreal.

Vettel's campaign started in spectacular fashion after he recorded back-to-back wins, but following an accident through no fault of his own with Max Verstappen in China, before falling off the track in Baku, and Mercedes and then Red Bull's resurgence in Spain and Monaco respectively, Vettel heads to Canada winless from his last four races. I know it's fourth but I'm actually happy.

"Didn't have any problems, " said Hamilton, who leads the championship standings by 14 points over Vettel and 38 over Ricciardo.

Hamilton will take some stopping considering he's finished outside the podium places in only one of the six races so far this season.

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They were soon out to join the near-frenzied traffic, in which the Dutchman clocked a new record in 1:12.035, to go three-tenths clear of team-mate Ricciardo, who responded in record-breaking style.

Another Finn, Kimi Raikkonen was sixth in the second Ferrari ahead of two-time champion Fernando Alonso of McLaren and fellow Spaniard Carlos Sainz of Renault.

"We have the B-spec engine this weekend, the upgrade, and I think just configuring a few things on that, we're not necessarily aligned, so we just had to go through a little bit of trial and error". Mercedes was very quick, but I think we are not too far away. The 36-year-old Spaniard fears the high-powered Montreal track will work against his McLaren auto. "But looking at where we were, it doesn't make me satisfied, but I feel like we did all we could with what we had".

"The others did a bit better but I'm not really bitter or anything at myself, I honestly did the best I could today".

Third on the timesheet was Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo.

"I felt the laps I did were worth more than sixth place, but in the end, they weren't".

Late in making his qualifying sims, the Australian was hampered by traffic but eventually managed to post a best time just 0.405s off his teammate's pace and good enough for third.

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