Formula One: Glum Hamilton unhappy to start Canadian GP from fourth

Formula One: Glum Hamilton unhappy to start Canadian GP from fourth

A seventh would tie him with Michael Schumacher as the Grand Prix's most successful driver.

Both reported that it had been a tough day in the sunshine at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve where Dutchman Max Verstappen set the pace for Red Bull, topping the times in both sessions.

For the last three years Hamilton has put his Mercedes at the front of the grid but on Sunday it will be his Ferrari championship rival Sebastian Vettel holding the edge while the Briton will start from fourth. From the number of red flags with the prancing pony logo, the Italian squad remains the clear favourite in the grandstands.

Hamilton tops the championship leaderboard, 14 points ahead of Vettel, as each pursues a fifth Formula One title. Circuit Gilles Villeneuve... Gilles is huge for Ferrari and Canada is linked to that name. "I think if I get a few more I'll head-butt someone".

"Others have, [I've] seen some that have degraded a lot, some haven't".

Speaking after Friday practice, Stevenage racer Hamilton said: "It's been a attractive day, the weather has been fantastic and the track feels better than ever". Teammate Sainz put the back end of his auto into the wall early in the afternoon and managed just nine laps. "It's great when you have a session like that".

Hamilton will start from behind the front-row in Montreal for the first time in seven years
Hamilton will start from behind the front-row in Montreal for the first time in seven years

Valtteri Bottas was second fastest for Mercedes, but was unable to improve on his first-run lap having lost time in the first and second sectors.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen set the pace in all three practice sessions in Montreal, with Vettel struggling on Friday and saying he was unhappy with his car's handling.

A rare day in Formula One saw two Canadians on track at once - Williams driver Lance Stroll of Montreal and Force India reserve driver Nicholas Latifi of Toronto, who ran only in the first of two 90-minute practice sessions. "I think we need a little bit more time to get everything together and then we'll see where we are".

The Ferrari driver has just one Montreal victory on his board, winning in 2013 with Red Bull. The new specifications are all designed with performance improvements in mind, but it's hard to say it has been smooth running. The vehicle is working well and we're just missing out on top speed.

When it comes to the twisty stuff, 11 of the 14 corners are taken below 100 miles per hour, which makes it particularly hard on the brakes and tires when the cars are coming from the high-speed straights. A few mistakes, especially Monaco and China, but it doesn't make sense to keep talking about it because I get really exhausted of it.

Another Finn, Kimi Raikkonen was sixth in the second Ferrari ahead of two-time champion Fernando Alonso of McLaren and fellow Spaniard Carlos Sainz of Renault.

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