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

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After leading all three practice sessions, Max Verstappen will start third, alongside Hamilton.

Hamilton, 33, is bidding to equal seven-time champion German Michael Schumacher's record of seven wins in the Canadian Grand Prix to extend his 14-point lead ahead of another four-time champion, German Sebastian Vettel. "I wasn't happy with the vehicle - we had some problems, and I just couldn't get the rhythm". "Straight out of the box today I think we started right with the vehicle set-up". Picture: Steve Etherington for Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd.

"The fact that we now have an additional DRS zone in Montreal means that we can think about running more wing this year. But looking at where we were, it doesn't make me satisfied, but I feel like we did all we could with what we had". "I think if I get any more I might headbutt someone".

The session was punctuated by incidents as the drivers came to terms with a slippery circuit, several touching or hitting the barriers.

"We were not quick enough today in qualifying", Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said after Q3, perhaps slightly overlooking Bottas' position on the front row.

Hamilton is concerned that doing this race with an old engine that will have lost a small amount of power over its life could be enough to make it hard to contend for victory at a track where he has won six times in 10 races. Look out for Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz tomorrow.

"So we should be there or thereabouts".

"It was a little bit frustrating, but it doesn't seem too dramatic" of a problem, Ricciardo said.

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Lewis Hamilton lost ground to his rivals in qualifying

"Happy with the progress we made today", Verstappen tweeted.

"So we need to be very precise when we drive around the track, especially through the chicanes".

Red Bull's Max Verstappen posted the fastest lap at the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix for the third practice session in a row. Picture: Steve Etherington for Daimler AG.

Mercedes struggled on the hypersoft in Monaco and avoided the compound completely until the end of Practice Three on Saturday after selecting only five sets for the weekend, three fewer than their direct rivals.

"We still have work to do", Vettel said.

"The auto felt good straight out of the garage". "I don't know", he said when asked why he had had so many accidents.

He locked his brakes at the hairpin on both his laps in the final session and on his first could be seen struggling for traction out of it as well, and he ended up 0.139secs slower than Bottas.

Alonso complained about poor drivability out of the hairpin on his last run, but Vandoorne suggested over the radio that this pace was representative of McLaren's capability this weekend.

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