June 21, 2018

Vettel takes F1 title lead with Canada win

10 June 2018, 11:56 | Joan Schultz

Sebastian Vettel wins Canadian Grand Prix for 50th career victory

Canadian Grand Prix - Strategy guide

I couldn't find the rhythm, I wasn't happy with the auto.

"In my final lap I had a small mistake otherwise I think there was a little bit more".

Vettel powered his Ferrari around the 4.361-kilometre Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in one minute 10.776 seconds.

"Perfect is probably a good way to describe it", said an ecstatic Vettel after the race.

Villeneuve, from Berthierville, Que., claimed his first Formula One victory on what was then called Circuit Ile Notre-Dame in 1978 in a Ferrari.

"It's hard to have a clear picture of how it will pan out, but we believe we made the right choice for the start of the race", he added, referring to Ferrari's decision to start on Ultrasofts. You can see there's a lot of flags.

Before the race on Sunday, the vehicle Villeneuve used in 1978 will be driven by his 47-year-old son Jacques, the 1997 world champion, to lead the ceremonial parade lap.

The Canadian Grand Prix typically promises action, and Lance Stroll in his home race got proceedings off to a dramatic start, oversteering out of Turn 5 and into an unwitting Brendon Hartley, sandwiching him against the barrier. Grosjean will likely start the race at the back of the grid.

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In the final five laps, Hamilton pushed Ricciardo hard in the battle for fourth but the Australian - victor at Monaco last time out - just held on with the four-time world champion forced to relinquish his standings lead as he recorded his lowest placing of the season. The auto is working well and we're just missing out on top speed.

Bottas's main challenge from behind came at the start when a fast-starting Max Verstappen pulled alongside into Turn 1, but Bottas held onto the inside line for Turn 2 and forced the Red Bull driver to back out.

Ricciardo, whose contract with Red Bull is up after the season, playfully refused to confirm or deny that he has been contacted by Ferrari or Mercedes. I think it showed in Monaco that we have a great auto and again here.

He then shaved 0.012 seconds off that time on his second run using the hypersoft Pirellis to make sure of pole position.

Again, Kimi Raikkonen led the Ferrari charge in second place, but Monaco victor Daniel Ricciardo, who missed a large chunk of FP2 as mechanics rushed to fix a mechanical problem, was able to end the day third.

"(We're) not yet there", said Vettel.

The Finn said: "That was close, very close".

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