Red Bull victory possible in Canada - Ricciardo

Feisty Verstappen vows not to change approach			Image by Glenn Dunbar  LAT

While Verstappen topped the times, his teammate Daniel Ricciardo spent much of FP2 in the garage.

In the Thursday press conference, Verstappen faced a barrage of questions about his approach to racing and his temperament but on Friday, he did his real talking - delivering a faultless display on a track where Red Bull was not expected to contend.

Red Bull chief engineer Paul Monaghan admitted the MGU-K from Monaco is unlikely to be re-usable.

Max Verstappen points to a lack of top speed as Red Bull's weakness at the Canadian Grand Prix after finishing fastest in both of Friday's practice sessions.

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.

Max Verstappen's Canadian Grand Prix preparations got off to the ideal start as the Dutchman topped both of Friday's practice sessions. It is a blow for Ricciardo's title chances after he moved up to third, and within 38 points of Hamilton following his Monaco triumph. "But as I said at the start, I am exhausted of these questions and if I get any more I am going to head-butt someone".

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The leader, as in the first exercise, it became Verstappen with a time of 1.12,198. Kimi Raikkonen was second fastest for Ferrari but the competitive picture was skewed by Mercedes opting against using Pirelli's fastest compound - the hyper-soft - on either vehicle across both practice sessions.

"It's all very close; disappointing to be at the tail end of that top pack but actually I don't think we could have done more." . "Starting on the softer tyre is a benefit as it's quite slippery on track and in the race I think we'll be competitive".

But after the dreary spectacle in Monaco a fortnight ago, at least we can rely on one of the finest overtakers in the sport fighting his way back through the field to provide the entertainment this weekend.

"The others did a bit better but I'm not really bitter or anything at myself, I honestly did the best I could today". "I just couldn't get the rhythm", he said. "Our vehicle works well, but whether that will be enough in Q3, I don't know".

The good news for Ricciardo is that Red Bull thinks he can get through the weekend without needing to use a new energy recovery system.

Verstappen, who also spun out in Australia and finished sixth, said he's not going to change the approach that made him, at the age of 17, the youngest driver ever to compete in Formula One. His best lap was the slowest in the field at 1:17.145, but he was there just to get the feel of an F1 vehicle and help the team test it on two types of tires. "Now we just have to break it down and get it in the best position for (qualifying)".

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