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Why Mercedes is the real Canada favourite - F1

Why Mercedes is the real Canada favourite - F1”

Ricciardo, who capped a dominant performance in Monaco with a win two weeks ago, has struggled for pace since arriving at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Verstappen had topped the timesheets in practice but in qualifying the Red Bull driver was pipped to pole by a Sebastian Vettel in the Ferrari.

"I think his charisma, the character he brought to Formula One and racing in general, is still alive today".

The 2007 world champion said the moment which led to the mistake caught him off guard as he had not encountered anything similar through that part of the track all day. "If we can escape this weekend without it, I'd rather take it somewhere else".

"We had what looked like an electrical problem", he confirmed. "I wasn't happy with the auto - we had some problems, and I just couldn't get the rhythm". But then we wouldn't have the right set up. The auto has been working really well and we know in qualifying we are missing top speed.

"Yesterday we felt quite competitive and the vehicle was behaving quite well, so we were quite confident for today's qualifying, but we were not on the pace today unfortunately", Alonso said after qualifying in 14th place.

"We are just lacking power so we try and compensate with that".

"We extracted the best we could out of qualifying", he said. It is the tail end of that pack, which is why I am not happy.

Asked on Wednesday evening in Montreal what he needed to do this weekend to avoid a repeat, Verstappen said: "Not hit the wall!"

"I definitely feel that some of it has been that, lack of track time, lack of rhythm".

The Dutch F1 driver remains at the centre of ongoing focus about his driving after a campaign that has witnessed him being involved in either spins, collisions or crashes at every grand prix weekend. He has been comfortable from the start, and he has been able to set up each run and they have not really changed the auto at all. "We are always a bit more competitive in the race". "But it showed in Monaco that we have a great auto".

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen qualified fifth fastest and will be joined on the third row by Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, victor in Monaco two weeks ago and the last man to beat Hamilton to victory in Canada.

Instead the team switched back to his first MGU-K of the season, which failed during the Chinese Grand Prix weekend but was still useable and, crucially, can be used without a punishment. So, great to carry momentum we've had in qualifying so far this year, even though the last race was a little bit less so. As the hypersoft might not last for more than a handful of laps, Magnussen has the ability to start on a different tyre compared to the four drivers in front of him, who must all start on the softest compound. But I knew that there were still places where I could improve. This season you have seen a lot of surprise results as well, so a lot of things can happen, but is it going to be enough to win the title?



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