Canadian F1 Grand Prix 2018

Canadian F1 Grand Prix 2018

But he is well aware that practice sessions are for working on the car's set-up, adjustments and performance and Red Bull will still have its hands full chasing the Formula One leaders - Mercedes and Ferrari.

Victory in the Canadian Grand Prix hasn't always been a precursor to championship success for Hamilton, who has only gone on to win the overall Formula One title in two of the seven years he's won in Montreal (2015, 2017). Of course, I haven't scored the points I should have scored, but that was not only my fault. In the Constructors' Championship, Mercedes leads with 178 points, Ferrari is second with 156 points and Red Bull is third with 107 points.

"I get really exhausted of asking me that I should change my approach", he said at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Montreal's Ile Notre-Dame. "I will never do that".

Verstappen's decision-making has been challenged following crashes at Baku, when he and Ricciardo took each other out of contention for the podium, and at Monaco, when the Dutchman missed qualifying after crashing at the end of the third practice session.

He said after Practice Two: "I would say that Mercedes' pace was really fast today".

The world champion improved on his final lap but was still 0.232secs off the pace. "There will be times where it's going to be frustrating, but at the end of the day it's in his control". "It has brought me to where I am right now and after the race is not the right time to talk". "But no, for now", he said on Thursday. "For now, we still have enough parts to run, and if it runs reliable we will do the whole weekend with it". The one from the failure in China is alive, hence we haven't got a penalty. "Kimi I think was happier on one lap so probably he's one of the favourites, I'm not, but we'll see tomorrow".

The Dutchman, who has had a hard start to the season with a series of crashes and errors, said: "I am really happy with this weekend so far".

Although Renault have introduced an upgraded engine this weekend, Red Bull believe they are surrendering around three tenths of a second to Ferrari and Mercedes on the Montreal straights - food for thought as the team deliberate the identity of their engine providers for next season.

Canada is a tricky track where mistakes are often plentiful because of the proximity of concrete walls to fast and demanding chicanes. Although a faster auto is one of his goals for next year, he was also asked if his success this season has increased his asking price.

"I'm confident I can turn things around", he said.