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Canadian GP: Free Practice

An update from Free Practice for the Canadian Grand Prix as the Bulls get up and running at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

It’s time to say a big “bonjour, hi” to the city where everyone says ‘eh’, where you can go ‘oot’ every night in a city that loves its grand prix almost as much as it loves ice hockey, and where you can liberally smear cheese curd and chips all over yourself at 3am and no-one… no-one, will bat an eye lid.

It’s also where the tracks are temporary, the barriers close, and the circuit groundhogs are righteously terrified and practice got underway on the Île Notre-Dame under ideal conditions.

In Free Practice One the Bulls set an encouraging pace for the weekend. Max took P1 with a 1:13.302 from his 26 laps for the session while Daniel took P3 with a 1:13.518 from his 24 laps. The Bulls were separated by Lewis Hamilton who set a 1:13.390.

In Free Practice Two, Max continued his morning pace to take P1 once again with a 1:12.198 from his 39 laps. Despite an electrical issue limiting Daniel's running to 17 laps, the Aussie took P3 once again with a 1:12.603. This time it was Kimi Raikkonen who separated the Bulls with a 1:12.328.  

Saturday's Free Practice Three saw Max continue his encouraging pace as a personal best 1:11.599 put him P1 from a further 14 laps of running at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Daniel's best time for the session of 1:12.153 put him P5 from his 29 laps. 

MAX VERSTAPPEN

First Practice session: 1:13.302 Position: 1, Laps: 26

Second Practice Session: 1:12.198 Position: 1, Laps: 39

“Today was a good day, the car is working very well. We did not really change a lot initially and that’s always a good sign and gives you hope. I think we looked quite competitive and it was a positive start to the weekend. Mercedes was very quick, but I think we are not too far away. The tyres worked well, we were quite fast and to see it in the long run, we can be even faster. The car did everything it should do, it started well straight away so I just followed the track. We are still lacking a bit of top speed, but we can make some improvements and tonight we will see what we can do. But so far everything went well and I have a good feeling.”

DANIEL RICCIARDO

First Practice Session: 1:13.518 Position: 3, Laps: 24

Second Practice Session: 1:12.603 Position: 3, Laps: 17

“We didn’t have the smoothest day and we had what looks like an electrical problem with the engine. We had some problems this morning which they tried to fix during lunch, but it didn’t improve so we had to try and fix them this afternoon. The problem doesn’t look related to the issue in Monaco or anything that could cause a penalty. We have the upgraded engine this weekend and I think there are still a few things to be configured on that front. We managed to get a few laps in at the end of FP3 and I did enough to feel what the car was like. We learned a bit and I know the direction I want to go set-up wise. A bit frustrating to not get too many laps in but hopefully tomorrow will be issue-free and we will make more progress. In my opinion Mercedes look really strong, the time they did on the ultrasoft was quick and on the hypersoft I think they would have been doing 1m11s. It’s positive that Max’s pace is good, so hopefully we can have a better day tomorrow.”