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Canadian GP: Verstappen does talking on track, tops opening practice

Canadian GP: Verstappen does talking on track, tops opening practice”

Max Verstappen was in a better mood after a couple of practice sessions at Formula One's Canadian Grand Prix.

Early on, Brendon Hartley of Toro Rosso briefly topping the times, the New Zealander emhpasizing his talent after weeks of rumours that he was in danger of losing his seat.

"We have the B-spec engine this weekend, the upgrade, and I think just configurating a few things on that, we're not necessarily aligned, so we just had to go through a little bit of trial and error". "The auto was working well".

The Australian lapped the unforgiving steel-lined streets of the Mediterranean principality in one minute and 11.841 seconds to outpace the Dutchman by almost two-tenths of a second with the first lap under 1:12 at the track.

Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo also had an interesting day.

Verstappen took the suggestion that he should try a "modified approach", to use team principle Christian Horner's words, as a personal affront.

Vettel steered his Ferrari over the 2.71-mile (4.36-km) track in 1 minute, 10.764 seconds to deprive Lewis Hamilton of a record seventh pole in Montreal.

Hamilton will take some stopping considering he's finished outside the podium places in only one of the six races so far this season. "They were quicker on the harder tire for the moment, but we'll be all right". On the same tires Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas lost to Hamilton more than half a second.

The young Dutchman Verstappen clocked 1:12.198 seconds.

Latifi, the Force India reserve driver, ran only in the first of two 90-minute practice sessions before handing the pink auto back to regular driver Sergio Perez of Mexico.

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

It's the first pole for Ferrari at the track named for one of its most celebrated drivers since Michael Schumacher in 2001. "The lap time, I can't say I'm too excited about". "I will never do that, because it's brought me to where I am so far". "It was waiting, waiting, waiting and eventually we got out".

Canada is a tricky track where mistakes are often plentiful because of the proximity of concrete walls to fast and demanding chicanes.

"A lot of laps, good information that's been absorbed", the 19-year-old said. So qualifying was good.

Stroll is the first Canadian in F1 since 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve of St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Que., left the series in 2006. "So it sets us up to be aggressive in attack, so should hopefully make for some good TV as well".

Latifi was named reserve driver by Force India this season after serving in a similar role with Renault.

Read on for a preview of Sunday's showdown as Hamilton seeks to become the first driver to win four Canadian Grands Prix in succession. He hopes to finish in the top five to earn enough points for his F1 superlicence.



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