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SportVettel ahead as Ferrari lead Mercedes

20:41  08 june  2019
20:41  08 june  2019 Source:   skysports.com

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Ferrari ahead of Mercedes as Monza dries up with Vettel leading Raikkonen and Hamilton; Ericsson fine after spectacular crash. Sebastian Vettel surged to the fastest time of Friday at the Italian GP, but then spun, as Ferrari outpaced Mercedes on a dramatic opening day at Monza.

Sebastian Vettel led Charles Leclerc as Ferrari stayed ahead of great rivals Mercedes to set up what should be a thrilling battle for pole in Canadian GP qualifying. Ferrari repeated their one-two from Friday's second session, with Vettel this time ahead of Leclerc, as Mercedes ' deficit to the front grew

Vettel ahead as Ferrari lead Mercedes© Getty

Sebastian Vettel led Charles Leclerc as Ferrari stayed ahead of great rivals Mercedes to set up what should be a thrilling battle for pole in Canadian GP qualifying.

Ferrari repeated their one-two from Friday's second session, with Vettel this time ahead of Leclerc, as Mercedes' deficit to the front grew to some 0.3 seconds.

Lewis Hamilton returned to the track following his P2 crash and was third fastest, three tenths ahead of team-mate and title rival Valtteri Bottas.

"It looks really exciting," said Sky F1's Jenson Button. "The Ferrari obviously looks competitive. The Mercedes... it will be there in qualifying, we all know it will be.

P1: Hamilton fastest in powered-up Merc

P1: Hamilton fastest in powered-up Merc Lewis Hamilton led team-mate Valtteri Bottas as Mercedes made an impressive start to the Canadian GP in Practice One.

Ferrari retook the lead in the Constructors' Championship after both Mercedes cars had a poor race and Vettel increased his lead over Hamilton to 25 points. Vettel qualified in second splitting the two Mercedes cars and Räikkönen qualified in fourth ahead of the two Red Bulls. At the start Vettel lost

In the battle between Mercedes and Ferrari , Hamilton was first to complete a race simulation on Wednesday afternoon of week two. However, before we get stuck into the Ferrari / Mercedes comparison it is worth addressing Red Bull's absence from this analysis thus far.

"We've got a good qualifying session coming up."

Vettel ahead as Ferrari lead Mercedes© Getty Images Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari

Whether or not an indication that Mercedes are yet to unleash the full potential of their upgraded engine, Ferrari held a considerable advantage down Montreal's two long straights.

"We are losing six tenths on the straight," revealed Mercedes boss Toto Wolff. "We have a fight on our hands."

Vettel ahead as Ferrari lead Mercedes© Getty Red Bull look unlikely to join the fight for the front row, with Max Verstappen finishing a second back in fifth, although the Dutchman was compromised by a Mercedes at the end of his final flying lap.

Team-mate Pierre Gasly was sixth, with Red Bull closer to the midfield than the Ferraris.

Daniel Ricciardo was seventh for Renault ahead of Lando Norris, with McLaren looking strong contenders to battle for the head of the midfield with their engine suppliers and Racing Point.

Yet it still proved a session of mixed fortunes for the new home Canadian team.

While Sergio Perez finished a promising ninth fastest to maintain Racing Point's consistent top-10 form so far this weekend, Lance Stroll did not complete a lap after a spectacular hydraulics failure on his car down Montreal's backstraight.

Canada's home driver, who has suffered 10 successive Q1 eliminations, is again on the backfoot heading into this evening's session at 7pm on Sky Sports F1.


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