Sebastian Vettel no longer felt like 'a passenger' in his Ferrari

Sebastian Vettel no longer felt like 'a passenger' in his Ferrari

Ricciardo secured his second win of the season in Monte Carlo and said his rich vein of form and the characteristics of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve makes him keen to push any engine penalty back to the French Grand Prix.

However, he wanted to get a feel for the softest tyre before the decisive Q3 session, but had to abandon the lap when he caught a train of four slow cars on the long straight before the final chicane. I guess it's just a little bit more finesse.

Vettel covered the 2.71-mile (4.36-km) track in 1 minute, 10.764 seconds to deprive Lewis Hamilton of a record seventh pole in Montreal. The second Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo was sixth.

Verstappen, who made a sensational teenage arrival in F1 with a victory on his debut with Red Bull at the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix, crashed in practice at the Monaco Grand Prix two weeks ago and had to start from the back of the grid. "If we can escape this weekend without it, then I'd rather take it somewhere else". Overtaking is relatively straightforward, speeds are high and the cars are pushed to their limits; likewise, the concrete walls punish any mistakes heavily but the drivers need the confidence to use all of the track, especially in qualifying where even the smallest of margins count. "I don't think that the hypersoft is a good race tyre, so I'm a bit surprised that both of the Red Bull chose that".

Ricciardo looked set to pay a heavy price for his remarkable win last time out in Monaco, where he held off Sebastian Vettel despite suffering an engine issue for most of the race.

"The numbers are just in theory, but there would have been gains", Bottas said.

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While the strategy will give Hamilton and teammate Valtteri Bottas fewer laps to become accustomed to the the hyper-soft ahead of their qualifying laps, it gave the team more super-soft and ultra-soft tyres to test during Friday practice, which are expected to be the better race tyres.

"We have the pace to take the fight to Ferrari and Mercedes".

Vettel ended Q1 on top ahead of the Finn with Hamilton third, but it was tense for McLaren as twice former champion Fernando Alonso squeezed into Q2 at the end in 14th place ahead of team mate Stoffel Vandoorne.

The Red Bull has looked quick all weekend and Verstappen believes his vehicle will be better in the race especially as they are starting on the soft tyre.

It's hard not to feel some sympathy for Max Verstappen as he works through a turbulent period of his Formula 1 career.

A quick new track record for Bottas, the first man below 1:11 on the circuit with a 1:10.857.

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