Verstappen, who started from the rear of the grid at the Monaco Grand Prix after a crash in final practice, offered the promise of something much better in Montreal, taking full advantage of an upgraded power unit to put down two polished performances on the 2.7 mile (4.34 km) sun-splashed Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Yesterday we were a bit in trouble.
He said he was looking forward to taking his vehicle "for a spin" on "hyper-soft" tyres on Saturday.
However, with 10 cars covered by just over half a second, any error by a driver from one of the six teams included could be the difference between Q3 or a Q1 elimination in qualifying. "But it was fantastic". "It will be interesting to see how the Red Bull does as well, so hopefully we can progress and apply the pressure".
The Dutchman will line up third.
Verstappen added: "I'm very happy with this weekend".
Back at the front to conclude and with several interruptions, auto issues and traffic interfering during the day, a clear picture is yet to really emerge in Canada.
Hamilton, 33, is bidding to equal seven-time champion German Michael Schumacher's record of seven wins in the Canadian Grand Prix to extend his 14-point lead ahead of another four-time champion, German Sebastian Vettel. But I just struggled in the session and couldn't pull it through.
"Hindsight is a great thing so naturally it would have been great to have been able to try the hyper today", Hamilton said in the paddock. We did the best we could with it.
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"That definitely was a good chunk of time there, just in that corner alone was pole position for sure".
Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen qualified fifth fastest and will be joined on the third row by Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, victor in Monaco two weeks ago and the last man to beat Hamilton to victory in Canada.
Hamilton added: "Straight out of the box today I think we started right with the auto set-up".
"So far everything went well and I have a good feeling".
The failure added to a miserable weekend for Grosjean, who has yet to score a point this season and damaged his vehicle slightly during Friday's free practice when he struck a groundhog.
"Would it have been enough to qualify for pole or Lewis to qualify on the front row we don't know but again it is one of the things that probably would have changed the overall outcome".
Slowest on the timesheets all day were Williams as their problems continue and they weren't helped by Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin both making contact with concrete in the morning.