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Sport P1: Verstappen leads Hamilton

21:26  08 june  2018
21:26  08 june  2018 Source:

Red Bull: Max should change approach

  Red Bull: Max should change approach Max Verstappen has been urged to change his approach to F1 after enduring another disappointing race weekend due to a costly mistake. Verstappen started the Monaco GP at the back of the grid after carelessly crashing into the barriers in Practice Three, only salvaging two points from the race as team-mate Daniel Ricciardo took victory in an impressive RB14.

Created with Sketch. Austrian GP: Hamilton leads Verstappen in 1st practice. In P 1 , Vettel clipped the kerb at Turn 1 . Verstappen , Haas driver Romain Grosjean, and Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz Jr. wobbled on the same turn - as did Hamilton late into P 1 .

However, it soon dried and the session with busy enough with Hamilton leading the way with 49 laps. Max Verstappen completed 42 but saved his best until last, a 1:18.899, that placed him 0.149s slower than the lead Mercedes - perhaps the most impressive display yet from the 17-year-old

a man wearing a suit and tie: Sutton Images© Provided by BSkyB Sutton Images Max Verstappen pipped Lewis Hamilton to the fastest time in Practice One for the Canadian GP, as Fernando Alonso enjoyed a fine start to his 300th grand prix weekend.

Verstappen, under increased pressure to have a clean weekend following his Monaco crash, posted a 1:13.302 on hypersoft tyres to top a session for the first time in 2018 as Red Bull benefitted from their upgraded Renault power unit.

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Hamilton was just 0.088s slower in the lead Mercedes, and posted his time on the slower ultrasoft tyres. The reigning world champion is seeking a record-equalling seventh win in Montreal this weekend.

Red Bull boss issues Verstappen ultimatum

  Red Bull boss issues Verstappen ultimatum Christian Horner's strong words for star driver following another weekend ruined by a mistake.Verstappen was forced to start from the rear of the grid in the Monaco Grand Prix after crashing in the final minutes of practice, with mechanics not able to repair his car in time to take part in qualifying.

Verstappen moved to cover Hamilton by pitting from the lead just one lap later, moving onto the soft tire, while Ferrari also decided to bring Vettel in and fit a set of super-softs to take him to the end of the race. The pit stop phase saw Vettel get the jump on Bottas for P4, but now facing a 30-second deficit

Verstappen muscled his way around the outside of Vettel with a side-bump to seize the lead , with Hamilton attempting to follow the Dutchman through. However, his rear-right tire made contact with Vettel’s front wing, leaving him with a puncture and to slow down on-track.

Monaco GP winner Daniel Ricciardo was third in the second Red Bull, two tenths off Verstappen's benchmark, with Sebastian Vettel, Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen just behind.

Only four tenths of a second covered the top six, suggesting the weekend looks set to be another close battle between the three leading teams.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner confirmed to Sky F1 that Ricciard's first MGU-K component had been re-fitted to his RB14, with the team hoping to avoid a grid penalty after his problem in Monte Carlo.

And on a key weekend for engine decisions with Renault, Ferrari and Honda bringing fresh upgrades, Red Bull will have been further encouraged by the sight of the Honda-powered Toro Rosso topping the speed trap charts as they prepare to make their 2019 engine decision.

Ricciardo will have a grid penalty in Canada, says Newey

  Ricciardo will have a grid penalty in Canada, says Newey <p>Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo will have a grid penalty for the Canadian Grand Prix after winning in Monaco with a damaged power unit.</p>The designer told Reuters at a Motorsport Hall of Fame awards event that a penalty of some sort was inevitable for the Australian, who is third in the championship behind Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

Verstappen shocked Hamilton by making a blistering start and immediately attacking his pole position. The Dutchman was able to hold on to his lead throughout the duration of a frenetic 56 laps in Sepang. Things went from bad to worse for Ferrari

Ricciardo put in a late effort on the supersoft tyres but was only fifth, seven tenths down on Hamilton , while Verstappen was down in 12th. Kevin Magnussen took the 'best of the rest' tag for with sixth for Haas, ahead of team-mate Romain Grosjean, with Carlos Sainz eighth in the leading Renault.

Alonso and McLaren showed promising signs at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The Spaniard had traded fastest laps with the two Mercedes drivers early on and claimed the early 'best of rest' tag with a 1:13.900 on ultrasofts.

The two-time world champion was just half a second off the leading time, and half a second ahead of team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne, who was ninth just behind Carlos Sainz's works Renault.

But Sainz's team-mate Nico Hulkenberg endured a frustrating start to the weekend as his RS17 ground to a halt before he could set a time with an apparent gearbox issue.

Home favourite Lance Stroll also had a troubled opening session, the Canadian suffering a puncture when he clipped the Wall of Champions and posting the second-slowest time, with only compatriot Nicolas Latifi - driving Sergio Perez's Force India - behind.

Stroll's team-mate Sergey Sirotkin also hit the barriers heavily at Turn Six and was 17th on another difficult morning for Williams.

Sauber had an encouraging session with Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclerc 13th and 14th respectively, between the two Haas cars.

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By Steve Keating

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