I don't know if we're faster yet than we've ever been, but I've really enjoyed it.
Red Bull's Max Verstappen boosted his hopes of becoming Formula One's youngest driver on pole position after completing his domination of Canadian Grand Prix practice on Saturday. No Ferrari has been on the pole position at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve since 2001 when Schumacher finished first in qualifying.
"I think I was a bit in trouble after Friday practice, but I guess I woke up the right way today".
Mercedes' decision to choose the fewest number of hyper-soft tyres for this weekend out of all the teams may have contributed as neither driver had tried them until Saturday morning, but Hamilton can not blame only that as Bottas ended up on the front row. After leading all three practice sessions, Max Verstappen will start third, alongside Hamilton.
"The fact that we now have an additional DRS zone in Montreal means that we can think about running more wing this year". Mercedes was expecting to do the same, but it wasn't ready in time; they also made a decision to bring fewer sets of the softest tires.
"It was just a hard session".
'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.
The new-for-2018 hypersoft caused Mercedes repeat problems at the last race in Monaco with the W09 struggling for pace and suffering from graining as Hamilton came home third. I crossed the line and wasn't sure if it was going to be enough ...
Lewis Hamilton lost ground to his rivals in qualifying
"This is ridiculous. What are these guys doing?" he asked over the radio. "I will never change".
Further down the grid, Haas will be looking to recover from a wretched Monaco Grand Prix in which they lacked pace, but face a stiff challenge from McLaren, Renault and Force India to be the best of the rest. I had to abort; there was no chance to slalom around them. "There was no way for me to carry on".
"Yesterday the vehicle balance was great into Turn Ten", he continued, "and usually the last sector is my strongest at this track, but I was just struggling with massive bumps into Turn Ten".
"I am not happy with sixth, but am I happy with the way I drove and actually what we did, yes". We had some problems.
"The vehicle was incredible in qualifying and it just kept getting quicker", said Vettel, whose Ferrari team were using new engines. "I kept it off the walls, which isn't easy to do on this track". So really, really happy, it's an important day for us.
One-tenth of a second separated the top four drivers including Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and current points-leader Hamilton. "I still think tomorrow, race day, we will score points and we can get a better feeling". But he dominated in practice, with the fastest time in all three sessions. "With each tyre, the hyper seems to require something different to the ultra and the others so we'll see tomorrow".
"So we need to be very precise when we drive around the track, especially through the chicanes".
Fernando Alonso proved himself very sneaky, nipping in at the last to drag himself out of the drop zone and send Pierre Gasly out in Q1. On Saturday, he hit an animal that had wandered onto the track and damaged his nose cone.
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