Max Verstappen sets pace at Canadian Grand Prix

Verstappen ready to 'headbutt' critics

'If I get a few more I'll head-butt someone' - F1 driver snaps over line of questioning

A win on Sunday would also see Hamilton draw level with F1 legend Michael Schumacher as the joint-most successful Canadian Grand Prix driver of all time on seven titles apiece.

Ricciardo, whose contract with Red Bull is up after the season, playfully refused to confirm or deny that he has been contacted by Ferrari or Mercedes.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen snapped after he was repeatedly asked about the crashes he has been involved in recently.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen pipped Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes in first practice at the Canadian Grand Prix. "We hope to have a smooth day again and then get a bit more pace and see".

Hamilton, Vettel and Ricciardo are the only three drivers who have topped podiums so far in 2018, although the Finnish pair of Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) and Raikkonen have looked like threats at times.

Max Verstappen's Canadian Grand Prix preparations got off to the flawless start as the Dutchman topped both of Friday's practice sessions. I wasn't really happy with the auto.

"Didn't have any problems, " said Hamilton, who leads the championship standings by 14 points over Vettel and 38 over Ricciardo.

"I think they re the ones to beat".

"I think my weekend has lacked a little bit of rhythm and we've been one step behind due to some of the issues on Friday", said Ricciardo.

The young Dutchman clocked the best time of the day in the afternoon session, one minute, 12.198 seconds, ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull team mate and Monaco Grand Prix victor Daniel Ricciardo.

From the start, Verstappen nearly got the jump on Bottas, but the Finn held his line around the outside of Turn 1 to take the inside line into the next corner, keeping hold of second spot. "If we got in that mess around here on this circuit, it is not as bad as Monaco but it is still very hard to make much progress here". I felt we were always one step back.

"The others did a bit better but I'm not really bitter or anything at myself, I honestly did the best I could today". "I feel one got away from me a few years ago", he said.

Indeed Ricciardo could be thrown to the back of the pack, dependant on the number of engine parts his Red Bull team have to change.

"We managed to get a few laps in at the end of FP3 and I did enough to feel what the auto was like". So qualifying we actually made really good progress. "But we're going to get it later anyway, so that's all good". 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.

Late in making his qualifying sims, the Australian was hampered by traffic but eventually managed to post a best time just 0.405s off his teammate's pace and good enough for third.

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