Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
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Mistake-free Verstappen fastest in Canada

Mistake-free Verstappen fastest in Canada

Given his struggles to find a good balance since the start of Friday practice, Ricciardo feels he can take comfort in how he performed on Saturday afternoon. Then he turned in the leading performance in two 90-minute practice sessions at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

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.

Ricciardo's vehicle 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.

"(We're) not yet there", said Vettel.

It was the first time he had topped the times in any practice sessions this year. "I'm exhausted of all the comments that I should change", he said. Especially Mercedes they're looking very quick there. The 36-year-old Spaniard fears the high-powered Montreal track will work against his McLaren vehicle.

Hamilton leads Vettel by 14 points in the championship heading into the weekend, with Ricciardo third, 38 points off the lead.

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. So, the pilots Mercedes, which took just five Hypersoft, he chose to abandon the use of soft tyre in Friday practice.

"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.

There was confusion at the end when model Winnie Harlow was told to wave the chequered flag early, prompting the official race to be ended two laps early - a gut-wrench for Ricciardo who set two fastest laps on the final two laps, meaning his team-mate was awarded the gong.

While an issue during the second session was initially thought to be MGU-K related, many still fearing that the Australian is on the verge of a grid penalty following the Monaco failure, it turned out to be an electrical issue related to the Renault engine update.

German Nico Hulkenberg of Renault was seventh ahead of the McLarens of Belgian Pascal Vandoorne and two-time champion Spaniard Fernando Alonso with another Spaniard Carlos Sainz 10th in the second Renault. "A bit frustrating to not get too many laps in but hopefully tomorrow will be issue-free and we will make more progress". "It was waiting, waiting, waiting and eventually we got out".

Sergey Sirotkin, who had completed more laps than any other driver at the mid-point of the session, spun at Turn 7 and slid into the barriers. We got a few laps at the end there so I did enough to feel what the vehicle was like. On Saturday, he hit an animal that had wandered onto the track and damaged his nose cone. Sauber's Marcus Ericsson also had a spin that left him facing the wrong way on the track, but he straightened out and resumed.

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