Max Verstappen sweeps Friday F1 practice in Montreal

Feisty Verstappen vows not to change approach			Image by Glenn Dunbar  LAT

"I quickly saw that it was going to be hard to take pole position but you always do your best and try to get the best out of the vehicle".

It is the Italian team's first time on pole in Montreal since seven-time champion Michael Schumacher managed it in 2001.

Asked why he had experienced so many crashes, he paused before he said: "I don't know".

Bottas 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 Ferraris set the pace, with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen exchanging P1, and the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas behind them, followed by the Red Bull pair of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen.

If Hamilton is to secure what would be a record seventh pole in Canada on Saturday the Briton will have to squeeze more out an engine that is running in its seventh race. "It was a bit surprising, there was no way for me to carry on".

After a strong weekend, Max Verstappen was unable to replicate his pace from the previous three practice sessions and had to settle for the third row on the grid, his lap however still impressive. You could see in Monaco that we have a great auto and it's very unfortunate that we don't have the top speed to compete all the time.

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Grosjean's qualifying lasted only a few seconds.

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.

Vettel, who is 14 points behind Hamilton in the championship and has a great chance to make up a serious amount of ground, said: "Yesterday we were a bit in trouble and I just couldn't get the rhythm, but today it switched on and what a day".

Hamilton was third in first qualifying, fifth in second qualifying and fourth after the first runs in the top 10 shoot-out.

One factor that could count in Mercedes' favour on Sunday is that like Ferrari - but unlike Red Bull - they made it through Q2 on the more durable ultrasoft tyre, meaning they will start the race on that compound.

The young Dutchman Verstappen clocked 1:12.198 seconds. The auto all weekend has been really strong, every session we made progress with the vehicle and I'm feeling confident on the track.

And then a quick new track record for Vettel, knocking spots off the Mercedes with 1:10.776.

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