But Sky Sports have revealed that the world championship leaders Mercedes have delayed the introduction of their more powerful engine, which would have been a welcome aid at a high-speed circuit like Canada, until the French Grand Prix in mid-June.
Tyre supplier Pirelli has nominated the Hypersoft (pink), Ultrasoft (purple) and Supersoft (red) tyres for this weekend's event.
The Scuderia could also face a reduced threat from Red Bull as their vehicle is likely to be less suited on the long straights, though will be strong in the many heavy braking zones.
The Brackley-based outfit had originally planned to bring the second of the three allocated engines each of Formula 1's 10 teams is provided with across the 21-race season.
Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was 0.13 seconds slower, followed by Verstappen's Red Bull teammate and Monaco victor Daniel Ricciardo.
Schumacher, Vettel, Damon Hill, Jacques Villeneuve and Jenson Button are just some of the names to have left their mark over the years.
Then there's the four-hour epic in 2011 as, in wet/dry conditions, Button recovered from last place at one stage early on to pass Vettel's Red Bull on the last lap for the win.
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The 23-times Grand Slam champion also expressed her surprise that so much of Sharapova's book revolved around her. For now, Williams is out of the French Open and Maria Sharapova has made to the quarterfinals of the tournament.
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The race moves into the mountains on Thursday, with a 181km stage from Chazey-sur-Ain to Lans-en-Vercors. Kwiatkowski said his Sky team handled the technically hard team time trial course with verve.
Even a member of the city Council of Toronto could not resist and took part in the action, writing: "Montreal looks familiar...".
It means then that opportunities await for all midfield teams and the unique demands could see a shake-up in the competitive order.
"There's some tricks to the track, but it's a great track, there's a lot of over taking possibilities, so it is a good show."
Despite a poor weekend in Monaco, Haas is bringing a significant upgrade for this weekend and with the updated Ferrari engine will likely be a threat once again. Former champions McLaren and Williams have not won since 2012.
It will be a memorable weekend also for two-time champion Fernando Alonso, who is entered for his 300th Grand Prix and, potentially, his 298th start.
And it's also a crucial weekend for Renault and Honda, with the latter also introducing a new power unit that it hopes will convince Red Bull to make the switch for 2019. Williams rookie Lance Stroll continued Canada's impressive run of backmarkers into the points, as the Canadian finished P9 after starting P17 in his first home F1 race.
"They'll be hard to beat", the Australian said.