Max Verstappen fastest in both practices at Canadian GP

In addition to three DRS zones there have been a number of changes to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix

In addition to three DRS zones there have been a number of changes to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix

"I'm getting really exhausted of all the questions", said the 20-year-old, who has fewer than half the points of Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo ahead of Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix.

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.

Hamilton is concerned about the fact that Mercedes are the only engine manufacturer who have not brought an upgrade to Canada, where engine power is more important in overall lap time than at many other tracks.

Pole position qualifier Sebastian Vettel talks in the press conference after qualifying. I had to abort; there was no chance to slalom around them.

Mercedes will hope their pace on the harder compounds will be enough to keep them in the fight but it is the Scuderia and Vettel in the prime spot to match what Hamilton and Bottas try and ultimately do look to have the better pace.

Vettel is in his 12th season of F1 and long established as one of the sport's most successful drivers thanks to four world titles in a row between 2010 and 2013 plus 49 race wins, two of which have come this season.

This power-hungry, hard-braking circuit suits Mercedes and their V6 engine, with the last non-Mercedes win being Daniel Ricciardo's triumph in 2014 in the Red Bull vehicle. It was a bit surprising.

"Today we switched on".


Max Verstappen has a message for Formula 1 media types.Stop telling me how to drive.Sitting 75 points behind championship leader Lewis Hamilton through six rounds of the season, Verstappen has been.

"There were some things that we needed to adjust along the way making small incremental changes, from one time-out to another it always felt a bit different, but it's been good".

"In previous years we would run a low downforce setting here, whereas now it's kind of normal, so the auto feels great through the corners".

Lewis Hamilton slipped up in qualifying. "I quickly saw that it was going to be hard to take pole position but you always do your best and try to get the best out of the vehicle".

"It was close between us but Ferrari did a better job than us today and that's the way it is". "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".

Grosjean's qualifying lasted only a few seconds. "We're laughing about it because at one point that's the only thing you've got to do". On Saturday, he hit an animal that had wandered onto the track and damaged his nose cone.

A rare day in Formula One saw two Canadians on track at once - Williams driver Lance Stroll of Montreal and Force India reserve driver Nicholas Latifi of Toronto, who ran only in the first of two 90-minute practice sessions.

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