Vettel regains championship lead with crushing Canadian GP win

Ross Houston
June 10, 2018

"I think we have a really good vehicle". It would be much more of a problem if I would be really slow, because that is a critical problem.' When pushed further to explain why he had crashed so much this year, Verstappen replied: 'Like I said I get a bit exhausted of all the questions.

Vettel's lap record ensured the Ferrari driver a start from pole position in Canada. We did the best we could with it.

Sebastian Vettel made some history for his Italian team this weekend, first by taking pole on Saturday, the first time in 17 years since Michael Schumacher did so in 2001. That could prove beneficial if they can find clear air after a pit stop on lap 15 as Friday's data suggested the Red Bull had a 0.4s advantage per lap in race trim over Ferrari.

He has raced in the F2 series the last two seasons and now sits 10th in F2 standings after eight races this year, including a third-place finish at Baku, Azerbaijan.


The most eventful part of Vettel's race after that came at the start of the final lap, when the chequered flag was shown more than one lap early.

That was enough to put him 29 thousandths of a second ahead of Brendon Hartley's Toro Rosso, which is running the upgraded Honda engine package. "The auto was working well, but we are still lacking a bit of top speed and you could see that in the long runs". He has a 14-point lead over Vettel and a 38-point edge on Ricciardo.

Once the main teams emerged, Vettel was soon quickest for Ferrari before swapping fastest laps with Raikkonen as the Mercedes men struggled to keep pace. "But it showed in Monaco that we have a great auto".

The German started from pole position and never trailed on Sunday as he posted his third win in seven Formula One races this year and the 50th of his career.


We'll give you a few pointers shortly in what to look out for in today's race but it could once more be an interesting one for strategy, with how long each driver can make the hypersoft and ultrasoft tyres last a critical aspect.

"Now he (Verstappen) is in the spotlight. any small error now I think he's probably going to get a little picked apart from", Ricciardo said.

The Red Bull driver said at a news conference Thursday before the Canadian Grand Prix that he's exhausted of questions about the crash in Azerbaijan that also knocked out teammate Daniel Ricciardo, or the one in Monaco that sent him to the back of the grid.


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