Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Max Verstappen fastest in both practices at Canadian GP | AP sports

Max Verstappen fastest in both practices at Canadian GP | AP sports

Ricciardo looked set to pay a heavy price for his remarkable win last time out in Monaco, where he held off Sebastian Vettel despite suffering an engine issue for most of the race.

Canada offers him scant hope of a reprieve, with this track's long straights likely to leave Red Bull, whose cars are best in high-downforce conditions, struggling behind Mercedes and Ferrari.

The Red Bull driver has been under growing pressure this season following a number of key incidents, even suggesting he might "headbutt someone" on Thursday in response to ongoing questions about his performance.

Max Verstappen points to a lack of top speed as Red Bull's weakness at the Canadian Grand Prix after finishing fastest in both of Friday's practice sessions.

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"We did not have the smoothest day".

Whilst Verstappen posted a 1:12.198 to go quickest ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and half a second up on Lewis Hamilton, there times were posted on the quicker Hypersoft, whilst Mercedes avoided using the tyre due to a limited supply. After leading all three practice sessions, Max Verstappen will start third, alongside Hamilton. I wasn't really happy with the auto. He closed in on Bottas towards the end as the Mercedes man let off, while Ricciardo gapped Hamilton behind with a series of strong laps while the reigning world champion nursed an engine issue. "I think I can tell you tomorrow".

Ricciardo's auto has spent more time in the garage than Verstappen's this weekend, but Ricciardo does not think he can use too much of that as an excuse for the gap to the Dutchman.

Renault introduced a new engine for all six cars in Canada, but Monaco GP victor Ricciardo trailed teammate Verstappen throughout practice, qualifying and the race.

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Asked whether his Friday clean sweep meant pole position could be on the cards, Verstappen replied: "In terms of pole position, I think Mercedes will be very strong again". The auto has been working really well and we know in qualifying we are missing top speed. When you feel confident with the vehicle then you can do a good job.

But after the dreary spectacle in Monaco a fortnight ago, at least we can rely on one of the finest overtakers in the sport fighting his way back through the field to provide the entertainment this weekend. Obviously if something happens in practice then we will probably have to take one, but no is the answer today. And having such good momentum at the moment I think a penalty would take a bit of wind out of our sails. "Now we just have to break it down and get it in the best position for (qualifying)".

"So, I'm going to have to work for it, but I would love to have this feeling every race, that we genuinely believe we've got a chance to win..."

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