Vettel couldn't "slalom" past "ridiculous" traffic in qualifying

Heather Diaz
June 10, 2018

"There are massive bumps into Turn 10". Yesterday we were a bit in trouble. "And, like I said in the beginning of this press conference, I get really exhausted of all the questions, so... yeah..."

Given his struggles to find a good balance since the start of Friday practice, Ricciardo feels he can take comfort in how he performed on Saturday afternoon.

When it comes to the twisty stuff, 11 of the 14 corners are taken below 100 miles per hour, which makes it particularly hard on the brakes and tires when the cars are coming from the high-speed straights.

Hamilton will start from behind the front-row in Montreal for the first time in seven years.

"But I think on some tracks we can fight for a win and others we can fight for a podium, but when you want to challenge for a title you need to be there every single weekend and at the moment we are not at that place yet".

"Our long runs were really good".

In the Thursday press conference, Verstappen faced a barrage of questions about his approach to racing and his temperament but on Friday, he did his real talking - delivering a faultless display on a track where Red Bull was not expected to contend.

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen will line up in fifth with Monaco Grand Prix victor Daniel Ricciardo sixth for Red Bull.

The new specifications are all designed with performance improvements in mind, but it's hard to say it has been smooth running. "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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Lance Stroll made a mess of the two big braking zones into the hairpin and the final chicane ending his chances of progressing as the local boy was 17th.

"But it was a combination of things".

"Would it have been enough to qualify for pole or Lewis to qualify on the front row we don't know but again it is one of the things that probably would have changed the overall outcome". 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. "He was on a flying lap, so we all tried to get out of his way".

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff said Bottas' narrow deficit to Vettel - 0.093s - could not purely be blamed on limited running on the hypersoft given Mercedes would also have benefited from an upgraded engine this weekend had the team not run into late reliability concerns with the new units earlier this week.

Sebastian Vettel has opened up on his passion for F1 and the importance of becoming world champion with Ferrari.

However, Wolff said: "The fact is this is a championship that is going to be won and lost with the tiniest of margins".

"Hopefully we'll get a good feeling when we first take the HyperSofts for a spin in FP3 tomorrow [Saturday] and it's not too different to what we've been driving today".

Mercedes' chief race engineer Andrew Shovlin said: "Overall we've had a fairly straightforward day, the vehicle has run reliably and it was just the red flags and virtual safety cars that caused us to have to adapt the plan a little".

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