The first day of on-track action for the Canadian Grand Prix resulted in mixed sensations for the leading-championship team. In Red Bull, both Max Verstappen and Sergio Pérez shared their thoughts on what proved to be a complicated day for the Mexican driver, who finished 4th and 11th in both free practices respectively.
“Unfortunately, there is not much we can read into the sessions today, to really work the car out you need to get good pace and then work from there, which I couldn’t do today.”
“We had an issue with the set-up on our low fuel runs but luckily we managed to figure it out and the long runs were a bit more representative but still we had a bit of an issue - hopefully tomorrow we can sort everything out.” the 32-year-old driver explained.
“I am a bit on the back foot but, all being well tonight, we are able to make the right compromises to be competitive tomorrow.”
“We will see what the weather does for qualifying tomorrow because it could really shake things up. Max looks strong so that gives me the hope we can make my car competitive when it matters on Saturday.”
For the World Champion, the evening was a lot calmer than what his teammate expressed. Max Verstappen topped both Friday sessions, being the fastest driver with his time marked on FP2 of 1:14.127s. Now, The Dutchman is already looking forward Sunday’s race as his challenger proved to be in a good place prepared for Saturday’s Qualy.
“It was a positive day, of course there are always things that you can look at to try and find the complete balance, but overall today was a good start to the weekend.”
“The softest compound is always the hardest one to nail, so I think there’s definitely more time to find in that, even then we have a competitive car so that’s good. The long run was good, it’s still hard on tyres around here so there’s still a few things to work on,” Verstappen said.
“Even with the things I want to improve, it was still a good day. If it rains in qualifying, it’s the same for everyone, we just deal with it. It’s good to see that for Sunday we should have a competitive car so whatever happens tomorrow, we will see.”