Canada miracle repeat on cards for Ricciardo

Verstappen ready to 'headbutt' critics

Verstappen ready to 'headbutt' critics

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. Then he turned in the leading performance in two 90-minute practice sessions at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was 0.13 seconds slower, followed by Verstappen's Red Bull team-mate and Monaco victor Daniel Ricciardo.

Whilst Verstappen posted a 1:12.198 to go quickest ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and half a second up on Lewis Hamilton, there times were posted on the quicker Hypersoft, whilst Mercedes avoided using the tyre due to a limited supply.

"(We're) not yet there", said Vettel.

Max Verstappen entered the Canadian Grand Prix weekend with a vendetta after a tough round at Monaco in May.

When asked if it means he can win the race from sixth, he said: "I did it in '14. And I think if I get a few more, I'll head-butt someone".

It was the first time he had topped the times in any practice sessions this year.

The Aussie qualified P6 on Saturday afternoon, with team mate Max Verstappen three places ahead following a session that perhaps did not reflect the progress Ricciardo feels was achieved. "The vehicle was working well".

"We got some good points, I believe we gained two points in the championship because we got Lewis [who lost the lead to race victor Sebastian Vettel]".

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.

"I think they re the ones to beat".

But Ricciardo, who will start sixth, believes Red Bull can fight for victory - which would be their third in seven races in 2018. He spent most of the second practice session in the pits waiting for his team to iron out an electrical issue, and managed just 17 laps in the session. 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.

"(The problem was) not related to the MGU-K", Ricciardo said. "It was waiting, waiting, waiting and eventually we got out".

After trimming his times, Ricciardo became the first man into the 1:11s at Monaco with a lap in 1:11.841, another record and good enough to put him on top of the timesheets.

Verstappen was also able to crack a smile at the end of the day having answered his critics with a smooth error-free effort to not only top a practice session for the first time this season, but do it twice.

"I'm pretty happy we got through the whole weekend", Ricciardo said. Sauber's Marcus Ericsson also had a spin that left him facing the wrong way on the track, but he straightened out and resumed.

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