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Red Bull keeping Verstappen and Ricciardo for 2018 F1

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Red Bull has dismissed rumours it might make a change to its driver lineup for 2018.

Currently, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen drive for the premier energy drink owned team, but rumours of potential moves are always bubbling.

However, team boss Christian Horner is quoted by Kleine Zeitung newspaper: “Both have uncomplicated, clean contracts.

“I have no doubt that Max and Daniel will drive the RB14 next year,” he insisted.

Max and Daniel – Canadian GP Preview

Max Verstappen

Montreal is one of those places that properly gets into the race weekend. What’s the vibe like in the car when you’re driving there?

“There is always a big crowd at the Canadian Grand Prix, especially at turns one and two and you can feel the atmosphere when you’re in the car. The fans are really into motor racing which is always nice to see and I’m looking forward to experiencing that again.

There are plenty of high-speed sections at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, but it’s one of the slowest that’s your favourite isn’t it?

“Yep, one of my favourite points on the track is also one of the trickiest and that’s the last chicane. You arrive at the braking point at very high speed and the brakes can be quite cold. It’s tricky to nail this corner but I had a good battle with Nico there last year and it’s always good when you come out in front. There are also tight walls on the exit of the chicane and you should be careful not to brush these as it is easy to damage a wheel rim. As usual the cars will run slightly less downforce in Canada so they’ll be a little looser under braking, but we have more grip this year so it should be more comfortable for everyone compared to 2016.”

Daniel Ricciardo

Next stop Montreal. It’s a totally different prospect to Monaco, but it does have similarities that appeal to you doesn’t it?

“I love the Canadian Grand Prix and, yeah, it’s my type of track. It’s another street circuit where you can get close to the walls, I’ve had a race win there and it’s great fun both on and off-track. What’s not to love? It’s also a tricky track to get right and although there aren’t a whole lot of corners they are all quite complex.”

What about last year’s race? You had your best Montreal quali result with fourth on the grid but finished seventh in the race.

“I was pretty happy with my qualifying lap last year and the last chicane was fun but it would be really great to get back on the podium. Last year it was also freezing cold and to be honest that sucked. You would just about warm up after a few laps in the car, so hopefully it will be a little bit warmer this year.”

It’s our first visit to North America this year and we all know it’s one of your favourite regions, so will you be extending your trip there?

“I’ll definitely spend some time in the US before heading to the race. I’ve got some friends coming with me so we will probably go to California first and maybe I will go on a little road trip after the race weekend. But first, let’s hope we can get a good result in front of those mega Canadian fans.”

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