Sebastian Vettel no longer felt like 'a passenger' in his Ferrari

Grant SmithJun 11, 2018

But dig deeper and it's clear that, actually, Hamilton and Mercedes are shaping up strongly for this weekend.

The Ferrari and Mercedes drivers will start the race on the ultrasoft Pirellis, having used that compound to set their fastest times in Q2, with Red Bull and the rest of the top 10 using hypersofts.

The semi-permanent track combines long straights with tight chicanes and each team sets up their auto to maximize straight line speed, although the cars also need to deliver a good ride over the relatively tall curbs. We knew in Q3 it would be a bit harder for us but to be still so close was good.

Having only selected five sets of the hypersoft tyres - the same compound they suffered problems with in Monaco - per auto to their rivals' eight for this weekend, Mercedes have delayed their use of Pirelli's fastest tyre until Saturday's Practice Three session.

"It was a little bit frustrating, but it doesn't seem too dramatic" of a problem, Ricciardo said.

Daniel Ricciardo hopes Red Bull's contrary choice of starting on Pirelli's hypersoft tyre will provide the team with an edge at the start of Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix. It would be much more of a problem if I would be really slow, because that is a critical problem.' When pushed further to explain why he had crashed so much this year, Verstappen replied: 'Like I said I get a bit exhausted of all the questions. "I will never do that, because it brought me to where I am right now". "The points are tomorrow". The 20-year-old Dutchman is looking to overcome a recent history of mistakes that left him threatening to head-butt anyone who asked about the crashes. But he dominated in practice, with the fastest time in all three sessions.

"We struggled pretty much all weekend, we struggled for some rhythm, we had a few problems yesterday and even this morning we had a few problems in the first part of practice some other issues". "The vehicle all weekend has been really strong".

"So we need to be very precise when we drive around the track, especially through the chicanes". Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso is in 14th position.

A smoking start to qualifying as Romain Grosjean's Haas started off by spewing oil all over the place, resulting in a massive cloud all over the pit lane.

With hometown hero Lance Stroll and rookie Sergey Sirotkin rooted to the bottom of the timesheets and high-profile team personnel being axed, it doesn't look like things will begin to improve any time soon for the once great team. On Saturday, he hit an animal that had wandered onto the track and damaged his nose cone. "We've had some really tough luck".

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