Sebastian Vettel wins Canadian Grand Prix to retake F1 championship lead

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Going into the weekend, Mercedes-AMG's Lewis Hamilton leads the 2018 Drivers' Championship with 110 points.

Hamilton, fourth at the time, headed into the pit lane on lap 16 of this 70-lap race, but the early change of tyres allowed Ricciardo to usurp the Mercedes vehicle.

The Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas will also start in the front row.

The Scuderia Ferrari driver secured the Italian team's first pole position around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve since Michael Schumacher in 2001, with Vettel putting in an incredible lap time in an intense qualifying session.

Stroll and Hartley's coming together saw the safety auto deployed but that was the extent of the drama. The Scuderia are the most successful team at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve with 11 wins but they had not had a victory here since Schumacher won in 2004. "Ferrari was better than us this week, with the Red Bull very close to us, so I think there was nothing we could have done better".

"Today we switched on".

"It was great to carry the momentum we've had this year into qualifying", said Vettel, who took pole position for the fourth time in seven races this season.

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"I just thought it was going to fail, and every single lap, I was kind of on the edge waiting for the power to drop away and disappear, because it kept dropping and coming back and dropping".

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.

Red Bull, which starts on hyper-softs, will hope to mitigate that degradation in the opening stint, and on Friday appeared to be the only one of the top three teams capable of doing that successfully.

Renault teammates Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz finished seventh and eighth ahead of Force India's Esteban Ocon in ninth, with Sauber's Charles Leclerc scoring the final point in 10th.

The race started with a dramatic crash on Lap 1 when Toro Rosso's Brendon Hartley and William's Lance Stroll took each other out in an incident.

The Spaniard now turns his attentions to the Le Mans 24 Hours race with Toyota next weekend. "So I tried it all but I wasn't sure until the end if it was enough. I think we can do a good job". Even given the new engine Vettel had the pace of the field and managed his one-stop race untroubled to the flag.

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