Max Verstappen fastest in both practices at Canadian GP, Brendon Hartley 12th

Daniel Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo

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

The Red Bull driver has been involved in incidents at every one of the six race weekends this year, but claimed it was not "as dramatic as people say".

Ricciardo won in Monaco despite nursing an engine problem so terminal that his Red Bull boss Christian Horner likened it to the troubling Apollo 13 space mission.

Under-fire Dutchman Max Verstappen topped the times for Red Bull in Friday morning's action-packed opening free practice session for this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix.

When he brought his Ferrari out for qualifying a day later, his problems - and the rest of the field - were behind him.

Sebastian Vettel will start the race from the front of the grid, followed by Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas and Verstappen.

"I'm getting really exhausted of all the questions", said the 20-year-old, who has fewer than half the points of Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo ahead of Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix. But so far the situation in this group is very conditional, as Nico Hulkenberg, who became the 14th, lost to Grosjean 0.3 seconds.

However, this did not prevent Lewis Hamilton to lead the first part of practice, when riders worked on the harder tyre.

"Now he (Verstappen) is in the spotlight. any small error now I think he's probably going to get a little picked apart from", Ricciardo said. I think we looked quite competitive and it was a positive start to the weekend.

They were soon out to join the near-frenzied traffic, in which the Dutchman clocked a new record in 1:12.035, to go three-tenths clear of team-mate Ricciardo, who responded in record-breaking style. "And I think if I get a few more, I'll head-butt someone".

The Dutchman also put his teammate Daniel Ricciardo in the shade by over a tenth-and-a-half as the Monaco race victor struggles to find the same pace around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

"Also we feel that we can be better on the tyres than the others".

Daniel Ricciardo was third fastest after a power unit issue early in the session forced him to return to the garage. "Our vehicle works well, but whether that will be enough in Q3, I don't know". We got a few laps at the end there so I did enough to feel what the auto was like. "But we're going to get it later anyway, so that's all good".

Asked why he had experienced so many crashes, he paused before he said: "I don't know".

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. "So it sets us up to be aggressive in attack, so should hopefully make for some good TV as well".

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