Sainz, Verstappen lament lack of running in Montreal

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Carlos Sainz Jr and Max Verstappen have made no secret of their disappointment after losing a great deal of running to wet weather in practice for the Canadian Grand Prix on Friday.

The Toro Rosso rookies are both racing at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for the first time this weekend, making every lap completed in practice important in preparing them for the grand prix on Sunday.

In FP1, Sainz’s session came to an early end when his car stopped at the end of the pit lane, forcing the Toro Rosso mechanics to wheel it back.

Both drivers then lost the majority of the second practice session thanks to a heavy downpour that caused championship leader Lewis Hamilton to crash into the tire wall.

“It’s been a difficult day for us,” Sainz said. “This morning in FP1 we had some electronic issues, so we were slow and didn’t complete as many laps as we wanted to.

“It’s a bit annoying, because it’s very important for us to get as much mileage as possible here as this is a completely new track for me. In FP2 we didn’t have any issues, but it was a bit of a rushed session because we were expecting the rain to come.

“The lack of running meant it wasn’t an ideal first day for a rookie especially on a difficult track like this one but hopefully we can use tomorrow’s FP3 to prepare ourselves better for qualifying.”

Verstappen led Toro Rosso’s charge by finishing tenth in FP1, but was still disappointed to have lost so much track time to the rain.

“It was a hard day for us today,” Verstappen said. “FP1 wasn’t too bad and I think it was a good result to end up in tenth position.

“In between sessions we made some changes to the car for this afternoon’s FP2 but that didn’t really work out.

“We therefore have some work to do tonight but at least we know in what direction to go. It will be a difficult weekend but I’m up for the challenge.”

MotoGP points leader Fabio Quartararo scores third win of season

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Fabio Quartararo won the Catalan Grand Prix, recapturing the MotoGP points lead and his championship momentum Sunday with his third victory of the season.

Quartararo, who opened the season with his first two career victories in the premier series, took his first checkered flag in two months by winning at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya aboard his Petronas Yamaha SRT.

The French rider opened an eight-point lead (108-100) over Joan Mir, who finished second Sunday. Alex Rins was third.

After winning the previous race, Maverick Vinales slipped to 18 points behind Quartararo after a ninth-place finish.

Andrea Dovizioso was the points leader entering the race but crashed his Ducati in the second turn and placed last. Dovizioso fell three spots to fourth in the championship rankings, 24 points behind Fabio Quartararo in MotoGP.