Mercedes’ Toto Wolff Would Consider Hiring Max Verstappen

Mercedes’ Toto Wolff Would Consider Hiring Max Verstappen

Mercedes’ Toto Wolff Would Consider Hiring Max Verstappen

However, Hamilton refused to blame that for his deficit to his rivals: "I don't think today's performance has got anything to do with the older engine".

But Ferrari often start weekends slowly only to leap up the timing sheets on Saturday when it matters, and Vettel was only 0.272secs behind Verstappen's pace-setting lap.

"I was pretty surprised as well", he said of the incident.

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.

Max Verstappen completed a clean sweep in Friday practice for the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix, taking the top spot in both sessions. "Yesterday we were in trouble in practice as I wasn't really happy with the auto because we had some problems and I couldn't get the rhythm".

Hamilton has a superb record in Montreal and victory on Sunday would see him match Michael Schumacher's haul of seven wins at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

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Vettel, meanwhile, was forced to miss the start of FP2 after lengthy set-up changes were made to his vehicle, and he conceded that Ferrari have work to do ahead of qualifying. In the Constructors' Championship, Mercedes leads with 178 points, Ferrari is second with 156 points and Red Bull is third with 107 points. So, great to carry momentum we've had in qualifying so far this year, even though the last race was a little bit less so.

"I guess the fight will be with Ferrari, too early to really know, but I'm sure Mercedes will be really fast tomorrow afternoon".

Mercedes, who chose not to introduce their new upgraded power units in Montreal and struggled to extract the best from the "hyper-soft" tyre, saw Hamilton struggle to find the form that has enabled him to dominate in the past.

The Red Bull has looked quick all weekend and Verstappen believes his vehicle will be better in the race especially as they are starting on the soft tyre. The auto all weekend has been really strong, every session we made progress with the vehicle and I'm feeling confident on the track.

It's hard not to feel some sympathy for Max Verstappen as he works through a turbulent period of his Formula 1 career.

Renault's Nico Hulkenberg has got back in the groove of qualifying in seventh place for the race, he is joined on the fourth row by Force India's Esteban Ocon.

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