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Daniel Ricciardo suspects Mercedes have the upper hand in Canada

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Vettel was delighted with his lap, which was Ferrari's first pole in Canada since 2001. From the number of red flags with the prancing pony logo, the Italian squad remains the clear favourite in the grandstands.

But Red Bull's Dr Helmut Marko has suggested that Ricciardo is waiting for Hamilton to sign his new deal at Mercedes before eventually agreeing a new contract at his current team. "Gilles Villeneuve, the favourite driver of Enzo Ferrari".

Hamilton is concerned that doing this race with an old engine that will have lost a small amount of power over its life could be enough to make it hard to contend for victory at a track where he has won six times in 10 races. This season you have seen a lot of surprise results as well, so a lot of things can happen, but is it going to be enough to win the title?

"He left a heritage for people who fell in love with motorsport back then, it's still them hanging around, and their kids and maybe their grandkids, I don't know!"

"All I'm hoping for is reliability".

Before the race on Sunday, the vehicle Villeneuve used in 1978 will be driven by his 47-year-old son Jacques, the 1997 world champion, to lead the ceremonial parade lap.

Hamilton was struggling throughout qualifying, despite looking strong through most of the weekend, but he surely will not have expected to end up down in fourth on a circuit where he has taken six wins and six poles in 10 events, nor to be beaten by a team-mate for only the second time in his career here.

"We extracted the best we could out of qualifying", he said.

Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari was fifth at 1:12.985 with Valtteri Bottas's Mercedes sixth in 1:13.061.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen, under pressure to clean up his act after a string of crashes and costly errors, has clocked the fastest time in both free practice sessions for the Canadian Grand Prix.

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WATCH BELOW: Montreal-born racer Lance Stroll gives us a look ahead at what he's expecting from this weekend's big F1 race. The Briton has won the last three on the track that seems to suit the Mercedes auto with its heavy braking after long straightaways and tight chicanes.

The teams contest a race with their own rafts, built from parts found in the garages, across the rowing lake on the island that hosts the circuit, but Ferrari said they would not take part because they needed to go back and rest in their hotel.

"There isn't something specific about this track, it's just that the auto has been performing well all weekend and that makes me confident as well", Verstappen said.

Hamilton retains a slim lead over Vettel in driver standings and will likely challenge the German when racing begins in earnest.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, the 2014 Canadian GP victor, is coming off a victory two weeks ago in Monaco.

"(We're) not yet there", said Vettel.

"We all did that, four cars trying to let him past".

"Yesterday, I think were a bit in trouble".

The 20-year-old has been badgered about his decision-making all year - and he finally snapped during Thursday's press conference ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix. "I think if I get any more I might headbutt someone".

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