Vettel credits Ferrari turnaround for pole

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"We are not there yet and we need a little more time to get it all together, but I expect we will be there tomorrow (Saturday for qualifying)".

Ferrari duo Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were not particularly happy with their opening showing at the first two practice sessions in Canada.

"When I heard whispers about a potential penalty here, I was like, 'I'll take it in Paul Ricard, but not here, '" Ricciardo said.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen pipped Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes in first practice at the Canadian Grand Prix. "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".

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Red Bull's Max Verstappen placed third in the dying moments of a thrilling qualifying session to bump championship leader Hamilton further down the order.

The crowds in Montreal saw the fastest ever laps on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, and the Mercedes garage were not happy to be outstripped for speed. "I've always been fast and the pace is there every single weekend". We don't know what the other cars are doing, so we can not tell our driver "go right, go left". On a track like this when you have to attack kerbs so much it's important you feel at home and have confidence to play around and I think then you can extract a bit more from the vehicle.

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.

A smoking start to qualifying as Romain Grosjean's Haas started off by spewing oil all over the place, resulting in a massive cloud all over the pit lane.

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Mercedes asked for so few hyper-softs because they believe it will be a poor race tyre but Red Bull proved at the last race in Monaco that they can run it longer and more competitively than other teams and Verstappen is confident he can challenge the Ferraris and Mercedes in the race.

Verstappen arrived in Montreal under attack from all corners, after an incident-filled start to the season in which the 20-year-old reach the podium once in six races, while Ricciardo has recorded a pair of wins.

It's hard not to feel some sympathy for Max Verstappen as he works through a turbulent period of his Formula 1 career. "I wasn't happy with the vehicle - we had some problems, and I just couldn't get the rhythm".

And then a quick new track record for Vettel, knocking spots off the Mercedes with 1:10.776.

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