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Why Mercedes is the real Canada favourite - F1

10 June, 2018, 02:00 | Author: John Swanson
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Before the race on Sunday, the vehicle Villeneuve used in 1978 will be driven by his 47-year-old son Jacques, the 1997 world champion, to lead the ceremonial parade lap.

Lewis Hamilton admits a "messy" qualifying put paid to his hopes of claiming a record-equalling seventh Canadian GP pole - but the world championship leader believes all is not lost yet ahead of Sunday's race.

"We extracted the best we could out of qualifying".

Vettel trails Hamilton by 14 points in the drivers' standings but will be confident of eating into that deficit after qualifying first with a track record of one minute and 10.764 seconds at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

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Salah conceded that qualifying for the World Cup for the first time in 28 years is an achievement in itself for Egypt. Egypt have now completed their warm-up schedule and open their World Cup campaign against Uruguay on 15 June.

It is a welcome return to form for Verstappen, who ahead of the weekend looked agitated in Thursday's press conference, half-joking that he "might headbutt" the next person to ask him about the series of crashes and incidents which have overshadowed his first six races.

Stroll picked up his first career points with a ninth-place finish as a rookie at last year's Canadian GP. The Briton has won the last three on the track that seems to suit the Mercedes auto with its heavy braking after long straightaways and tight chicanes.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner has hinted that Red Bull Racing is ready to take a gamble on Honda power units for the 2019 Formula 1 season, with a decision set to be made before the Austrian Grand. It will be interesting to see how it does in the start of the race, especially because Red Bull will start on the hypersoft.

He said: "I am happy with this weekend so far".

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Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, the 2014 Canadian GP victor, is coming off a victory two weeks ago in Monaco.

"I would say that Mercedes' pace was really fast today, even on the harder tyre, they were still doing pretty good lap times", he told reporters. We were just trying to figure everything out. "But it showed in Monaco that we have a great auto. Definitely just in that corner alone it was pole position for sure".

Red Bull have chosen to start the race on the fastest but most fragile "hyper-soft" tyre, while both Mercedes and Ferrari chose to go through second qualifying, which defines the race-start tyre, on the more durable ultra-soft.

"I think they'll be at this stage hard to beat, but I think we can still improve the vehicle a lot, do more laps, learn a bit more and I think we'll be okay. It will be very close again".

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