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Verstappen Sweeps Practice Rounds Ahead of Canadian GP Qualifying

10 June 2018, 11:13 | Anna Jefferson

GETTYDaniel Ricciardo has had an up-and-down season so far

Daniel Ricciardo

That is Hamilton's lowest starting spot since 2011 and leaves him facing a tough task to stretch his advantage in the drivers' championship over Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who starts on pole. From the number of red flags with the prancing pony logo, the Italian squad remains the clear favourite in the grandstands.

Vettel - who trails his rival by 14 points in the standings - will have the chance to close the gap after securing his team's first pole at the venue since 2001.

Scorching the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve with the fastest times of the day will have that effect on a driver.

"I got the job done".

"Others have, [I've] seen some that have degraded a lot, some haven't". "I don't know", he said when asked why he had had so many accidents.

The world champions spent last week poring over the data in an attempt to find answers to improve the situation for Montreal, with Hamilton now keen to see how they fare on Saturday.

"That definitely was a good chunk of time there, just in that corner alone was pole position for sure".

Bottas said: "It was a good day here in Montreal even though it may not look that strong on the time sheets for us". "It's great when you have a session like that".

The result means Hamilton will start from behind the front-row in Montreal for the first time in seven years.

Max Verstappen has posted the fasted lap in the first practice at the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix.

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. The Briton has won the last three on the track that seems to suit the Mercedes auto with its heavy braking after long straightaways and tight chicanes.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was 0.13 seconds slower, followed by Verstappen's Red Bull teammate and Monaco victor Daniel Ricciardo.

"I got the job done", Vettel said.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner has hinted that Red Bull Racing is ready to take a gamble on Honda power units for the 2019 Formula 1 season, with a decision set to be made before the Austrian Grand.

"On Friday the auto balance was great into [Turn] 10". They have to select it quite far ahead from our test when the tyres didn't last, I think that's the information we got then and we planned for a different strategy.

Kimi Raikkonen's success that year represents the only title a Ferrari driver has won since Michael Schumacher, Vettel's childhood hero, left the team in 2006 to bring the curtain down on an era of record-breaking dominance. "Yesterday we were in trouble in practice as I wasn't really happy with the auto because we had some problems and I couldn't get the rhythm".

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