Vettel takes 50th win and F1 championship lead in Canada

Ross Houston
June 11, 2018

Asked after the race if he felt any consolation in seeing Hamilton's team-mate Finn Valtteri Bottas come home second, Wolff said: "No, not at all..."

"I just thought it was going to fail and every single lap I was just on the edge waiting for that power to drop away".

Hamilton had gone into the meeting in Montreal with a 14-point advantage but leaves one point behind Vettel, a vast swing he would not have anticipated from one of his favourite circuits.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen, who dominated much of practice, turned in a mature, error-free effort to take third place and quiet the storm of criticism swirling around him following a string of errors and crashes.

He said the win was special because it came 40 years after Canadian Gilles Villeneuve had won his first race for Ferrari.

His engine was six races old but Hamilton would have expected better. Bottas was first to blink on lap 37, Vettel following one lap later, both going to super-softs. Were any reminder needed that the four-times world champion is a fearsome talent with the right auto beneath him, Canada was salutary evidence.

"Now we are going home with the realisation that Ferrari had the better vehicle".

"We all know they (Ferrari) have generally had a slightly better package all round, they've been doing a slightly better job so we've got to do more", the Briton told reporters.

New Zealand driver Brendon Hartley crashed out early driving for Toro Rosso after he was invloved in a collision with Williams driver Lance Stroll in the opening lap of the race.

The Spaniard now turns his attentions to the Le Mans 24 Hours race with Toyota next weekend. Both drivers climbed out unhurt, but their days were over on the spot. Hartley went to hospital for precautionary tests but the team said he was OK.

The Safety Car was deployed in order to clear the wreckage while stewards opted to take no further action against either driver.

"Yesterday the auto balance was great into Turn Ten", he continued, "and usually the last sector is my strongest at this track, but I was just struggling with massive bumps into Turn Ten".

"Then our cars were side by side". He forced me to the inside. "So I tried it all but I wasn't sure until the end if it was enough".

Sebastian Vettel has hit back at the description of the Canadian GP being boring and warned F1's "short-sighted" critics that some of the matches in football's upcoming World Cup won't be classics either. He earned his first Formula One points with a ninth-place finish at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve a year ago.

With eight laps to go, his engineer gave him the option of turning the engine down and settling for fifth, but Hamilton insisted he keep trying.

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