Vettel takes 50th win and F1 championship lead in Canada

Kristopher Nichols
June 11, 2018

It was the Italian team's first Canadian GP win since Michael Schumacher in 2004, a race Vettel watched on television as a teenager at home in Germany.

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen made it three different makes in the top three by jumping to third on his final lap, relegating Hamilton to fourth place - just over two tenths slower than Vettel.

Vettel converted pole position into a lead at the first corner and was never headed as he kept Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas at arm's length throughout the race.

Stroll and Hartley's coming together saw the safety auto deployed but that was the extent of the drama. Fortunately the forecast looks good this year, with only partly cloudy skies predicted for both Saturday's qualifying and Sunday's race. "I was able to find a lot of performance from FP3 to qualifying and it felt like I got everything out of the auto".

"We got pole today for a reason", said Vettel.

The team took some time to find its pace over the weekend with Vettel not fully at ease with the vehicle until qualifying when he found the set-up he wanted to deliver an impressive pole, from which he dictated the race and converted into an equally impressive win.

He retired in Azerbaijan after a collision with Ricciardo and in China he tangled with Hamilton and Vettel, finishing fifth after a 10-second penalty demoted him from fourth, while Ricciardo won the race.

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"I think we can do a great job in this race, it is great to start from third".

The semi-permanent track combines long straights with tight chicanes and each team sets up their auto to maximize straight line speed, although the cars also need to deliver a good ride over the relatively tall curbs.

The Spaniard now turns his attentions to the Le Mans 24 Hours race with Toyota next weekend.

The lone Canadian driver Lance Stroll of Montreal saw his early-season woes continue with a 17th place finish in the first 20-minute qualifying session, to leave him in the next-to-last row on the race starting grid.

Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz of Renault, Esteban Ocon of Force India and Charles Leclerc of Sauber also finished in the points.

"It's unfortunate, I had a good start", said Stroll.

"It's such a fun track to drive and we didn't have any problems, I really enjoyed it", said Hamilton, who has won the last three straight races on the Montreal circuit. The Spaniard was forced out with engine trouble after 42 laps.

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