Verstappen fastest in practice for Sunday's Montreal Grand Prix

'If I get a few more I'll head-butt someone' - F1 driver snaps over line of questioning

Ricciardo took encouragement from the pace of Verstappen, who said "straight away the set-up was right" on his RB14.

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.

Red Bull chief engineer Paul Monaghan admitted the MGU-K from Monaco is unlikely to be re-usable.

The Red Bull driver turned in the quickest laps in both practice runs at the Canadian Grand Prix on Friday, when Lance Stroll of Montreal and Nicholas Latifi of Toronto gave fans a rare look at two Canadians on the track at once. "There was some electrical stuff going on that hindered us this morning and then this afternoon, so not the best day, but we're OK". 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. But so far the situation in this group is very conditional, as Nico Hulkenberg, who became the 14th, lost to Grosjean 0.3 seconds. He has a 14-point lead over Vettel and a 38-point edge on Ricciardo.

"To be third is great for us and I think in the race we can do a really good job."

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From the start, Verstappen nearly got the jump on Bottas, but the Finn held his line around the outside of Turn 1 to take the inside line into the next corner, keeping hold of second spot. Kimi Raikkonen in the other Ferrari and Monaco victor Daniel Ricciardo are in the third row. "If we can escape this weekend without it, I'd rather take it somewhere else". "And I think if I get a few more, I'll head-butt someone". The tyres were holding on really well at the end when I was challenging Valtteri because he was fuel saving which shows our auto was working well and for sure we have a very competitive vehicle at the moment. "Every single weekend you go in you try to win and here practice has been good". I felt we were always one step back. "I'm happy for Canada that we participate in this sport".

Red Bull elected to run on the hypersoft compound in Q2, a strategic decision destined to provide its drivers with an edge at the outset on Sunday and keep them out of sequence thereafter against their direct rivals who will all be starting on the harder ultrasoft rubber. "I think we need a little bit more time to get everything together and then we'll see where we are".

"If the others are sliding around in dirty air or whatever, we should be able to get a bit more out of them".

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.

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