After trimming his times, Ricciardo became the first man into the 1:11s at Monaco with a lap in 1:11.841, another record and good enough to put him on top of the timesheets. Coming off a victory two weeks ago at Monaco, the Australian lost power early in the afternoon and spent more than an hour in the garage before returning to post the third-quickest time of 1:12.603 for Red Bull.
Ricciardo's running was disrupted by electrical issues that kept him sidelined for much of FP2, the Aussie believing these to be caused by the need to configure the new-spec engine that Renault introduced in Canada. The Monaco Grand Prix victor set the fastest first sector of the session before a lock-up at the tight hairpin at the start of sector three cost him significant time on what proved to be his personal best lap. "I've always been fast and the pace is there every single weekend". That left Red Bull with zero points on a day it could have gained ground on championship leader Lewis Hamilton, and earned the drivers a talking-to from their team. "But as I said at the start, I am exhausted of these questions and if I get any more I am going to head-butt someone".
From the start, Verstappen nearly got the jump on Bottas, but the Finn held his line around the outside of Turn 1 to take the inside line into the next corner, keeping hold of second spot.
Renault has brought a power unit upgrade to Montreal, but Mercedes and Ferrari made up the top three through the speed trap in sectors one and two on Friday, with Verstappen second quickest to Kimi Raikkonen in sector three.
"I'm pretty happy we got through the whole weekend", he said. "If we got in that mess around here on this circuit, it is not as bad as Monaco but it is still very hard to make much progress here".
"Today was a good day, the auto is working very well".
"The others did a bit better but I'm not really bitter or anything at myself, I honestly did the best I could today".
Indeed Ricciardo could be thrown to the back of the pack, dependant on the number of engine parts his Red Bull team have to change.
"Obviously if something happened in practice, we'd probably have to take one". "It was waiting, waiting, waiting and eventually we got out".
"It was a special feeling pulling out of pit lane - I had a big smile on my face", the 22-year-old said. So qualifying was good. His best lap was the slowest in the field at 1:17.145, but he was there just to get the feel of an F1 vehicle and help the team test it on two types of tires.