There will be one more practice Saturday morning before a one-hour knockout qualifying session to set the race grid.
But with Ferrari having stolen a march over the competition this year, the German seems to have flicked a switch and is looking as ominous as he did during his Red Bull days as he searches for a fifth title. And he has come into the sport at a time when the cars are more hard to drive against the more experienced drivers. "They look like our auto which just worked everywhere past year".
While Mercedes celebrated a return to form, the struggles continued down the paddock at McLaren as double world champion Fernando Alonso, back from his Indianapolis 500 adventure, failed to get out of the second qualifying and will start 12th.
Lastly, Valtteri Bottas' final long run simulations on the soft tyres is something to note. Alonso said at a media conference Thursday that if his McLaren team doesn't start winning and soon, he has options.
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Williams driver Lance Stroll will be hoping to contribute to the party atmosphere.
Stroll is gunning for a top-10 finish, which would bring his first F1 points.
Hamilton has stated on numerous occasions that Ayrton Senna was his hero and inspiration while growing up and climbing through the junior formulae- indeed his helmet design was originally a design meant to reflect this with the yellow base and blue and green stripes. McLaren hasn't won a race in five years and is at the bottom of the team standings.
Meanwhile, a one-minute silence will be observed ahead of tomorrow's race in memory of those killed and injured in last Saturday's terror attack in London. Vettel, who has only one Montreal win on his record -- with Red Bull in 2013 could also find this weekend's contest more challenging, despite being installed as title favourite by his rivals' team boss Toto Wolff.
Mercedes have been on pole in 60 of the last 65 races. Vettel has 92, Raikkonen 86.
Force India's proud boast of being the only team to have scored with both cars in every race this season also ended.
Earlier this year, Canada Post put out a set of stamps honouring the 50th anniversary of the race. "It feels like I've spent a lot of time in North America recently". It is not job done, of course, but his record in Canada is strong. It's the 50th anniversary for the event which once again is being held at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. The team suggested strongly that he not try to set the world on fire and instead focus on ending the day with his race vehicle intact, something that has been a problem several times this season when he's crashed. The safety auto was deployed six times, another record. We know what the team wants and it's simple as that.