The 20-year-old Dutchman is looking to overcome a recent history of mistakes that left him threatening to head-butt anyone who asked about the crashes. If the start goes well and we gain a position or two, then I don't think a podium is unrealistic as long as we get the hypers [-soft tyres] to lap whatever it is to still do a one stop. The 36-year-old Spaniard fears the high-powered Montreal track will work against his McLaren auto.
The Red Bull driver has been under growing pressure this season following a number of key incidents, even suggesting he might "headbutt someone" on Thursday in response to ongoing questions about his performance.
Vettel steered his Ferrari over the 2.71-mile (4.36-km) track in 1 minute, 10.764 seconds to deprive Lewis Hamilton of a record seventh pole in Montreal. "Track fix required between Turns Four and Five", said a message from Race Control meaning a drain cover needed fixing between Casino Square and Mirabeau. "They were quicker on the harder tire for the moment, but we'll be all right".
There is a third practice session plus qualifying on Saturday, with the race on Sunday afternoon.
It was the second time this season Verstappen has failed to finish. He got his first taste of what it is like to take part in a Grand Prix weekend, sitting in for Sergio Perez in the Force India for the first practice.
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We can't rest on our laurels. "They are trying to turn around the image of the game in their country, and we're all for that". We're at No.1 in the world, so that gives us a huge amount of confidence.
"We knew we would probably have a couple of cars to pass and it gives us a chance off the start and on the first lap with a bit more grip, afterwards we will have to manage them".
In the morning, Latifi ran 28 laps, with 1:17.145 his best.
It's the first pole for Ferrari at the track named for one of its most celebrated drivers since Michael Schumacher in 2001. "Every single weekend you go in you try to win and here practice has been good. The lap time, I can't say I'm too excited about".
"Overall I was happy with the session". The one from the failure in China is alive, hence we haven't got a penalty. I was just struggling to keep the tyres under control with that driveability.
Lance Stroll suffered a puncture when he brushed the "wall of champions" at the final chicane and team-mate Sergey Sirotkin spun and touched the wall at Turn Seven late in the session. "We knew - or we thought - Mercedes were going to qualify on the ultra, so yeah, we'll see tomorrow". "So it sets us up to be aggressive in attack, so should hopefully make for some good TV as well". "It would be great to see Canada continue to expand in the sport".
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.