Hamilton: Engine a ‘concern’ after upgrade delay

Hamilton: Engine a ‘concern’ after upgrade delay

For his part Vettel believes Ferrari's 2018 vehicle is not now "a true match" for Mercedes, despite having won the first race.

Walls line much of the track situated on an island in the St. Lawrence Seaway and none are more famous than the "Wall of Champions" situated at the final chicane which has claimed victim to many top drivers over the years.

The Brit is a six-time victor on this circuit and is looking for a fourth consecutive triumph on Circuit Gilles Villeneuve to draw level with F1 and Ferrari legend Michael Schumacher as a seven-time victor in North America.

For the team, it is hard to look beyond Ferrari as they hold so many aces up their sleeve heading into the weekend. Naturally the upgrade would have been nice, but hopefully that will come in the next race or two.

Only Stoffel Vandoorne and Carlos Sainz, who crashed out of the session, posted fewer trips around the track.

"I'm still in a little bit of disbelief as I don't really understand what happened yet".

"But we'll give it everything, that's for sure".

It was a rough day for Renault, which saw Nico Hulkenberg fail to post a flying lap in the first session because of a gearbox problem and then run 14th in the afternoon.

Romain Grosjean damaged his nose cone when he hit an animal, believed to be a groundhog in the afternoon. Sauber's Marcus Ericsson also had a spin that left him facing the wrong way on the track, but he straightened out and resumed.

The big loser could well be McLaren who have been the slowest in a straight line throughout this year and are unlikely to make up that deficit in other areas.

The 33-year-old Briton, who loves spending time in North America where he has additionally won the United States Grand Prix four times, arrived in Montreal on Tuesday night after visiting California, reportedly to check on his dogs Roscoe and Coco, and NY. Ferrari ought to know Montreal by now, seeing as how the city has hosted every Canadian Grand Prix for the last 40 years.

The Canadian Grand Prix can trace its history back to 1961 and the country joined the Formula 1 World Championship in 1967 at Mosport Park.

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, of Germany, spins during a turn at the Senna corner during the first practice session at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, Friday, June 9, 2017.

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