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Max Verstappen sweeps Friday F1 practice in Montreal

10 June 2018

"Having such good momentum at the moment, I think a penalty would really take a lot of the wind out of our sails".

"It was a special feeling pulling out of pit lane - I had a big smile on my face", said Latifi.

Vettel powered his Ferrari around the 4.361-kilometre Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in one minute 10.776 seconds.

The team took some time to find its pace over the weekend with Vettel not fully at ease with the vehicle until qualifying when he found the set-up he wanted to deliver an impressive pole, from which he dictated the race and converted into an equally impressive win.

This is Vettel's second victory in Canada, having won his first for Red Bull in 2013, and marks his 50th career victory - only Michael Schumacher, Hamilton and Alain Prost have scored more.

"The meaning of Ferrari in this country is huge, with the history", said Vettel, a four time F1 champion when he raced for Red Bull Renault.

Before the race on Sunday, the auto Villeneuve used in 1978 will be driven by his 47-year-old son Jacques, the 1997 world champion, to lead the ceremonial parade lap.

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The Finn added: "It's always annoying when it's so close and we're not ahead - but starting on the front row is good for this race".

The only other drivers not to finish were Brendon Hartley and home driver Lance Stroll, who crashed in spectacular fashion at Turn 5 on the opening lap. We knew that in Q3 and in general throughout the whole year with the vehicle, we're just lacking power.

The most eventful part of Vettel's race after that came at the start of the final lap, when the chequered flag was shown more than one lap early.

Hamilton retains a slim lead over Vettel in driver standings and will likely challenge the German when racing begins in earnest.

Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas finished in second, making it his fourth podium here in a row while Red Bull's Max Verstappen makes his first podium in Canada in P3. I think it showed in Monaco that we have a great auto and again here.

We'll give you a few pointers shortly in what to look out for in today's race but it could once more be an interesting one for strategy, with how long each driver can make the hypersoft and ultrasoft tyres last a critical aspect.

It is his third win this season, and a strong riposte after Ferrari failed to perform at their best in Spain and were beaten by Red Bull in Monaco. "But for sure qualifying is not as important as Sunday so we've got to go well then too".

Max Verstappen sweeps Friday F1 practice in Montreal