Ricciardo: Mercedes will be hard to beat


Right behind him will be Vettel, who took a first Canadian pole position for Ferrari since seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher in 2001.

"Yesterday was really hard but being on pole here with Ferrari means something extra". "Gilles Villeneuve, the favourite driver of Enzo Ferrari, and I think his charisma, his character that he brought to Formula One, to racing in general, is still alive today".

While Lewis Hamilton was second quickest in the morning, just 0.088s off Max Verstappen's pace, and fourth in the afternoon, 0.579s of the Dutchman's best, the fact is that in neither session did the Briton or his teammate run the hypersoft tyres, unlike their rivals.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo suspects Mercedes has the upper hand at this weekend's Canadian Grand Prix, despite his team-mate Max Verstappen topping both of Friday's practice sessions. Kimi Raikkonen in the other Ferrari and Monaco victor Daniel Ricciardo are in the third row.

"I definitely feel that some of it has been that, lack of track time, lack of rhythm".

"With the new engine, everything they were testing and the numbers, there would have been gains and I think it would have been a close fight for pole. I think it's tricky". This season you have seen a lot of surprise results as well, so a lot of things can happen, but is it going to be enough to win the title?

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Ricciardo and Verstappen clearly have a better relationship than most Formula 1 teammates, but it could well turn sour if the latter fails to clean up his act soon.

"This is ridiculous. What are these guys doing?" he asked over the radio. "I will never change". "Either they weren't told or they weren't looking. In the race, it all calms down a bit so that's why I think we're always a bit more competitive in the race". We had some problems.

"I think they'll be at this stage hard to beat", he admitted, "but I think we can still improve the auto a lot, do more laps, learn a bit more and I think we'll be okay".

"I arrived there and saw three cars stopped on the track so I then looked in my mirror and saw him not far away so I did the same". Yesterday was very hard, but today it switched on. There was a little bit more, but I'm still happy.

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. That left Red Bull with zero points on a day it could have gained ground on championship leader Lewis Hamilton, and earned the drivers a talking-to from their team.