"We had a few problems".
Daniel Ricciardo will line-up sixth on the grid for the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday with the Australian admitting that he has yet to find a rhythm to his weekend around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. "Today was a lot more natural".
"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.
It's the first pole for Ferrari at the track named for one of its most celebrated drivers since Michael Schumacher in 2001.
On the most demanding and unforgiving circuit on the calendar, this was a timely riposte, before Vettel gained the top spot for Ferrari.
"I would say Merc are going to be the favourites" said Ricciardo.
Sebastian Vettel will start the race from the front of the grid, followed by Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas and Verstappen. But then to a position below it moved ricciardo, who was third in 0.4 seconds from Verstappen.
Ferrari is running an engine update in Montreal. "It has brought me to where I am right now and after the race is not the right time to talk".
"I think so", he said with a laugh.
He has raced in the F2 series the last two seasons and now sits 10th in F2 standings after eight races this year, including a third-place finish at Baku, Azerbaijan.
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"All I want to do in my life, while I'm healthy, is to work on my game and enjoy the game and not worry about nothing else. I'd hate to say, "Man, I don't want to do this, do that" when I'm done playing".
"This is ridiculous. What are these guys doing?" he asked over the radio. "I will never do that".
"Yesterday, I think were a bit in trouble". I know it's fourth but I'm actually happy. We had some problems. "I'm exhausted of all the comments that I should change", he said.
"Our goal is to finish every single race so I'm hoping for the reliability and I can try and make the difference on the track with my driving". Yesterday was very hard, but today it switched on.
"I guess, it could come as soon as Paul Ricard".
Hamilton tops the championship leaderboard, 14 points ahead of Vettel, as each pursues a fifth Formula One title.
Going into the weekend, Mercedes-AMG's Lewis Hamilton leads the 2018 Drivers' Championship with 110 points. "The points are tomorrow".
He then threatened to "headbutt" anybody who asked him about his crashes in his press conference on Thursday. But he dominated in practice, with the fastest time in all three sessions. That has contributed to it and also he has just been driving really well all weekend.
Stroll is the first Canadian in F1 since 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve of St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Que., left the series in 2006.
Romain Grosjean damaged his nose cone when he hit an animal, believed to be a groundhog in the afternoon.
"Maybe the beaver from yesterday was still in there somewhere", he said.