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Canada miracle repeat on cards for Ricciardo

'If I get a few more I'll head-butt someone' - F1 driver snaps over line of questioning If I get any more questions on my crashes I will head-butt someone, says Max Verstappen
Cary Erickson | 13 June, 2018, 04:46

After a flawless showing to go fastest in the morning at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, the 20-year-old Red Bull driver followed up with a similar run in the afternoon.

Verstappen completed the 2.71-mile (4.36-km) lap at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in 1 minute, 11.599 seconds.

"It's probably the first time in a while that we have gained really good team points so it's a good weekend from that perspective and also good for Max". Ferrari duo Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen come closest to that podium ratio with three top-three finishes apiece this term.

With an upgraded Renault power unit, Max and his RB14 racer have consistently outpaced Ferrari and Mercedes with both Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton contesting him for the top spot.

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.

In qualifying he finished at the back of the customary battle between the top three teams, almost 0.2s off Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen, who managed to split the Mercedes drivers and claim third position.

"I would say it explains some of the inconsistency. And I think if I get a few more, I'll head-butt someone".

Latifi, the Force India reserve driver, ran only in the first of two 90-minute practice sessions before handing the pink vehicle back to regular driver Sergio Perez of Mexico.

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

But he is well aware that practice sessions are for working on the car's set-up, adjustments and performance and Red Bull will still have its hands full chasing the Formula One leaders - Mercedes and Ferrari.

Victory in the Canadian Grand Prix hasn't always been a precursor to championship success for Hamilton, who has only gone on to win the overall Formula One title in two of the seven years he's won in Montreal (2015, 2017).

Daniel Ricciardo hopes Red Bull's contrary choice of starting on Pirelli's hypersoft tyre will provide the team with an edge at the start of Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix.

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.

Mercedes did not practice on the hypersoft tires, leaving Ricciardo wondering if he has seen their best effort. Sainz finished behind Stoffel Vandoorne in the standings; the Belgian was the other casualty of the session, breaking his rear suspension after hitting the wall through on the exit of Turn 8.

"It was a little bit frustrating, but it doesn't seem too dramatic" of a problem, Ricciardo said. The main thing was to get through the program, which we did.

"We had a few problems". Team-mate Sainz put the back end of his auto into the wall early in the afternoon and managed just nine laps.