Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Verstappen posts quickest lap for third straight practice at Canadian GP

Verstappen posts quickest lap for third straight practice at Canadian GP

"I think if I get a few more I'll head-butt someone", he said, only slowly allowing a faint grin.

Vettel was delighted with his lap, which was Ferrari's first pole in Canada since 2001.

When asked about the status of the component which failed in Monaco, he said: "I wouldn't describe it as's not happy!"

The German will start in the favoured position on the front row of the grid for Sunday's race alongside Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes.

The Red Bull driver said at a news conference Thursday before the Canadian Grand Prix that he's exhausted of questions about the crash in Azerbaijan that also knocked out teammate Daniel Ricciardo, or the one in Monaco that sent him to the back of the grid.

"Yesterday we were a bit in trouble". We know in qualifying we are missing top speed.

Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport's team boss Toto Wolff says he would consider making a move on Max Verstappen in the future when his Aston Martin Red Bull Racing contract is up.

Hamilton was struggling throughout qualifying, despite looking strong through most of the weekend, but he surely will not have expected to end up down in fourth on a circuit where he has taken six wins and six poles in 10 events, nor to be beaten by a team-mate for only the second time in his career here.

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.

"I think they'll be at this stage hard to beat", he admitted, "but I think we can still improve the vehicle a lot, do more laps, learn a bit more and I think we'll be okay".

On a dry and sunlit day, there was immediate drama when Romain Grosjean pulled up in the pit-lane with clouds of smoke billowing from his Haas car's Ferrari engine. Hamilton's chief championship rival, Sebastian Vettel, finished fifth.

The Q2 session began with both Ferrari and Mercedes on "ultra-soft" tyres before Red Bull, on "hypers" took top spot through Verstappen.

The Dutch driver has endured a hard start to the season after being involved in incidents at every race so far in the 2018 season.

He edged Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari at 1:12.320.

"But I think on some tracks we can fight for a win and others we can fight for a podium, but when you want to challenge for a title you need to be there every single weekend and at the moment we are not at that place yet".

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