Sebastian Vettel on pole in Canada

Sebastian Vettel on pole in Canada

Sebastian Vettel on pole in Canada

"Our weekend has been really strong, and every session we have made good progress with the auto".

Given that the hyper-soft is expected to be worth almost a second in performance over a flying lap, Lewis Hamilton's fourth fastest time - set on the super-soft compound and 0.579s off Verstappen - looks all the more competitive.

"I think we looked quite competitive and it was a positive start to the weekend".

But he is well aware that practice sessions are for working on the car's set-up, adjustments and performance and Red Bull will still have its hands full chasing the Formula One leaders - Mercedes and Ferrari.

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"It's such a fun track to drive and we didn't have any problems, I really enjoyed it", said Hamilton, who has won the last three straight races on the Montreal circuit.

Despite his hard start to the season, Verstappen is often praised for being one of the exciting drivers and prospects in Formula 1, with many believing he's a champion waiting for his chance.

The Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas will also start in the front row. "Having such good momentum at the moment, I think a penalty would really take a lot of the wind out of our sails. I'm a bit surprised that both of the Red Bulls chose that, but I guess they have their reasons". The main thing was to get through the program, which we did.

"Now he (Verstappen) is in the spotlight. any small error now I think he's probably going to get a little picked apart from", Ricciardo said.

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Kimi Raikkonen in the other Ferrari and Monaco victor Daniel Ricciardo are in the third row. "A few mistakes, especially Monaco and China, but it doesn't make sense to keep talking about it". "It would be great to see Canada continue to expand in the sport". Sainz finished behind Stoffel Vandoorne in the standings; the Belgian was the other casualty of the session, breaking his rear suspension after hitting the wall through on the exit of Turn 8.

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

The 20-year-old has been badgered about his decision-making all year - and he finally snapped during Thursday's press conference ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix.

He has raced in the F2 series the last two seasons and now sits 10th in F2 standings after eight races this year, including a third-place finish at Baku, Azerbaijan. He hopes to finish in the top five to earn enough points for his F1 superlicence.

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