Canadian Grand Prix: Vettel takes commanding win


It was a dominant pole to checkered flag win on the Gilles Villeneuve circuit, named in memory of the former Ferrari legend, who claimed his first Grand Prix victory in Montreal 40 years ago to the day. He died in a crash in 1982.

“Unbelievable, I said how much this place means for Ferrari,” said Vettel, now a single point ahead of Mercedes ace Hamilton, who finished a disappointing fifth.

It was the famous team’s first win in Canada since 2004 and Vettel knows how much it means to their many followers.

“The Ferrari fans will have a blast tonight,” he added.

Valtteri Bottas took a distant second for Mercedes with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen completing the podium.

Verstappen’s teammate, Monaco winner Daniel Ricciardo, edged ahead of Hamilton during the pit stops, the reigning champion handicapped by a loss of engine power in his Mercedes.

The race was largely processional at the front, with few overtaking attempts, the only drama coming at the end as the checkered flag was waved a lap too early by Canadian model Winne Harlow.

“Tell them not to wave the flag when it’s not done,” said Vettel, who continued on for another lap at race pace to take it again.

First lap crash

A big accident on the first lap involving Brendon Hartley and home hope Lance Stroll saw an early safety car, with Vettel charging clear once it was removed.

His Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen took sixth ahead of the Renault pair of Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz and Esteban Ocon of Force India.

Formula One debutant Charles Leclerc once again impressed for Sauber with 10th, but Fernando Alonso suffered disappointment for McLaren with a retirement on his 300th Grand Prix weekend.

The two-time champion will now turn his focus to Le Mans where he hopes to win for Toyota in the famous 24-hour race.

Vettel and Hamilton will now turn their attention to the next round in France, with the Briton, who came into one of his favorite races with a 14-point lead, on the backfoot as they both bid for a fifth world championship title.

By contrast, Vettel, with his third victory of the season, has momentum.

“Perfect is a good way to describe this,” said the German, who won four world championships with his former team Red Bull.

Source : Nbcnewyork