Max Verstappen fastest in both practices at Canadian GP, Brendon Hartley 12th

Daniel Ricciardo

"Even though Max was quick all through practice, we knew the chance of pole was an outside chance", said Ricciardo.

The last driver to win at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve bar Hamilton was Red Bull star Daniel Ricciardo in 2014, and he received some positive news on Thursday after it seemed he would incur a grid penalty.

Verstappen took the suggestion that he should try a "modified approach", to use team principle Christian Horner's words, as a personal affront.

It was at the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix that Hamilton won his first Formula One race, and he's since gone on to emerge victorious in five of the last eight trips to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. "We didn't have the smoothest day and we had what looks like an electrical problem with the engine". Then came three-time defending Montreal victor Lewis Hamilton, Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, and Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas. After leading all three practice sessions, Max Verstappen will start third, alongside Hamilton. But so far the situation in this group is very conditional, as Nico Hulkenberg, who became the 14th, lost to Grosjean 0.3 seconds. Ricciardo is third in the standings, 38 points behind Hamilton, and Bottas is another four points back, in fourth. "But as I said at the start, I am exhausted of these questions and if I get any more I am going to head-butt someone".

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.

Another Finn, Kimi Raikkonen was sixth in the second Ferrari ahead of two-time champion Fernando Alonso of McLaren and fellow Spaniard Carlos Sainz of Renault. The tyres were holding on really well at the end when I was challenging Valtteri because he was fuel saving which shows our auto was working well and for sure we have a very competitive vehicle at the moment. "If we can escape this weekend without it, I'd rather take it somewhere else".

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.

"Also we feel that we can be better on the tyres than the others".

"Looking at the results I was actually pretty happy with how qualifying went", Ricciardo said. "But we're going to get it later anyway, so that's all good". "Now we just have to break it down and get it in the best position for (qualifying)".

Verstappen, who also spun out in Australia and finished sixth, said he's not going to change the approach that made him, at the age of 17, the youngest driver ever to compete in Formula One. "I think we need a little bit more time to get everything together and then we'll see where we are".

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