Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel wins Canadian Grand Prix


Vettel picked up his second career victory at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and the first for Ferrari in Montreal since Michael Schumacher won three in a row from 2002-04.

It was all about Ferrari at this year's Canadian Grand Prix and Sebastian Vettel sealed it with a victory. "How can I be better?' I am going to keep doing that". With 20 laps remaining, Hamilton began to find a rhythm to move within a second of Ricciardo while Bottas, at the front, trimmed Vettel's lead to 3.8 seconds.

Second-placed Valtteri Bottas made an effort to close the gap on the race leader, but his Mercedes just didn't have the pace to challenge. "I am going to keep doing that until I die".

Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes was second followed by the Red Bulls' Max Verstappen and Daniel Riciardo, the victor two weeks ago in Monaco.

"I was quite happy with my first run in Q3 but I knew there was something more in the auto for the first part of the lap", Vettel continued. I think they peaked a bit early, but majority are men so it might happen. "I think this is a major wake-up call for every member of the team".

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 whole race I was thinking it was going to blow up".

It was left to Bottas to chase Vettel, who made a clean getaway from the start, with Verstappen nearly passing the Finn before the order settled down. "But we have to say that Ferrari's vehicle, as a package, is unbelievable".

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Given the potential for unpredictability in Formula One and engine reliability likely to become more of a factor come the business end of the season, Hamilton was aware of the importance of getting his vehicle home to the finish.

Kimi Raikkonen was sixth ahead of the two Renault cars with Nico Hulkenberg leading home Carlos Sainz Jr.

New Zealander Hartley had been trying to pass Stroll on the opening lap when the latter had a brief wobble, causing the two to clash.

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

"We need to wake up now".

Here's what else we learned in the Canadian GP. He earned his first Formula One points with a ninth-place finish at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve a year ago.

It wasn't as bad as Fernando Alonso though, as an exhaust problem meant the McLaren driver was the third and final retirement of the race in what was his 300th Grand Prix.

The prospect of an engine failure prompted the Briton to criticize Formula 1's current three-engine limit that came into force at the start of the 2018 season, insisting the restriction has a bearing on the sport's spectacle.

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