Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

Daniel Ricciardo suspects Mercedes have the upper hand in Canada

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Cary Erickson | 10 June, 2018, 08:42

In a tight and intriguing contest between the three leading teams, Vettel clocked a best lap in a record one minute, 10.764 seconds to secure his 54th pole position and outpace nearest rival Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes and Dutchman Max Verstappen.

"I got the job done", he said. I think motorsport in Canada is linked to that name.

"I'm getting really exhausted of all the questions", said the 20-year-old, who has fewer than half the points of Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo ahead of Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix.

"Overall the performance has been there and it's great when you have a session like that".

Vettel's sole Canadian GP victory came when he last qualified on pole in 2013 when he was still driving for Red Bull. I don't think there's much. Mercedes was very quick, but I think we are not too far away.

"For myself and for the team I think we start on the right tyre but we will see". "We didn't have the smoothest day and we had what looks like an electrical problem with the engine".

F1's stricter engine rules for 2018 have limited the components each driver can use per season and Ricciardo's issue in Monaco, plus a problem with the same engine part during a practice session ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix, had left Red Bull fearing he would have to move on to a third MGU-K in Montreal - an automatic 10-place grid penalty.

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When asked if he felt Red Bull had the pace for pole after seeing teammate Daniel Ricciardo go quickest in Q2, he said: "I knew we had a good auto, but I wanted to wait and see how competitive we would be in Q3". So qualifying was good. "Yesterday we were in trouble in practice as I wasn't really happy with the vehicle because we had some problems and I couldn't get the rhythm".

"To compensate for this lack of low-speed grip we have to carry more wing which means more drag". With the long straights it's hard to fight for pole position. But in the race it calms down a bit. Maybe in the first half of the circuit a bit more.

But there is perhaps more pressure on the New Zealander being the only Toro Rosso driver with an upgraded engine, as he entered this weekend with uncertainty over his future.

"The numbers are just in theory, but there would have been gains", Bottas said.

He added: "I get really exhausted of all the comments saying I should change my approach".

"I know sixth isn't the best position but it is still better than 15th". I wasn't really happy with the auto, we had some problems and I couldn't get the rhythm. Yesterday was very hard, but today it switched on.