Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc are eying another podium finish in Montreal, where their SF90 cars will be outfitted with Ferrari’s latest spec 1.6-liter V-6 while rolling on the softest tires in Pirelli’s lineup. This combination should bode well for the Maranello team, as the 4.361-kilometer (2.710-mile), 14-turn semi-street circuit on Isle Notre Dame is a power-sensitive venue with a series of fast straights that lead into heavy-braking corners, making Circuit Gilles Villeneuve one of the toughest tracks on brakes.
If Ferrari are to keep their faint hopes of a successful 2019 intact, then the power-hungry Canadian Grand Prix is surely their last chance. While the Scuderia are evaluating “new concepts” for their SF90 in hope of catching the runaway Mercedes, they do have one major weapon: straight-line speed. It was this very factor which served them so well in Bahrain, where Charles Leclerc would have won if it wasn’t for his reliability issues and, without that costly spin, Sebastian Vettel should have been in a position to challenge for victory and save the weekend for his team.
Follow us later in the afternoon for the latest updates and results from the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, as the third practice session for the 2019 Canadian Grand Prix is about to get underway, with Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc at the wheel of the SF90, ready to continue evaluating the ideal set-up ahead of the qualifying session and the race on Sunday.