June 21, 2018

Hamilton admits he struggled in Canadian qualifying

10 June 2018, 07:15 | Joan Schultz

Daniel Ricciardo dived into a swimming pool after winning the Monaco Grand Prix last month his second win of 2018

Daniel Ricciardo

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve... Gilles is huge for Ferrari and Canada is linked to that name.

"I think I was a bit in trouble after Friday practice, but I guess I woke up the right way today".

"Others have, [I've] seen some that have degraded a lot, some haven't".

"He left a heritage for people who fell in love with motorsport back then, it's still them hanging around, and their kids and maybe their grandkids, I don't know!" It feels like there are no better questions out there than keep asking me about what happened in the previous weekend. The circuit, a layout of fast straights broken up by quick chicanes and hemmed in by concrete barriers, has tended to play to the horsepower advantage of their auto. "It's great when you have a session like that".

"We were not quick enough today in qualifying", Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said after Q3, perhaps slightly overlooking Bottas' position on the front row.

After leading all three practice sessions in the build-up, Max Verstappen had to produce an excellent lap just to claim third for the German's former team, beating Lewis Hamilton in the process.

Charles Leclerc put his Sauber P16, ahead of Kevin Magnussen, Sergey Sirotkin, Marcus Ericsson, and Lance Stroll.

The Briton, who is already the most successful driver of the current crop at Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve with six wins, is only one victory away from equalling the legendary Michael Schumacher's record haul of seven triumphs at the track.

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Asked about his driving style on Thursday after arriving in Montreal, he said, "I get really exhausted of all the questions".

He retired in Azerbaijan after a collision with Ricciardo and in China he tangled with Hamilton and Vettel, finishing fifth after a 10-second penalty demoted him from fourth, while Ricciardo won the race.

Ricciardo, whose contract with Red Bull is up after the season, playfully refused to confirm or deny that he has been contacted by Ferrari or Mercedes.

"It was a hard session", Hamilton said. The auto has been working really well and we know in qualifying we are missing top speed.

"It's such a fun track to drive and we didn't have any problems, I really enjoyed it".

Qualifying was finely poised going into the final runs, with Raikkonen in third position, albeit 0.3s behind Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel.

"(We're) not yet there", said Vettel. Thanks to the team; thanks for fixing the vehicle yesterday after I hit the wall a little bit.

'You know, I get really exhausted of all the comments of me that I should change my approach, ' said Verstappen, who recovered to finish in the points in Monaco.

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