Sebastian Vettel wins Canadian Grand Prix

Gilles Villeneuve

A lacklustre weekend at the Canadian Grand Prix, at a race many predicted he would dominant given his six previous wins, saw Hamilton lose the lead in the standings by a single point to Sebastian Vettel. He took the lead role at a very pole position and guarded it with, probably, his life as he navigated the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve coasting to Victory on Sunday 10, afternoon.

"I was a bit confused".

"Forty years after Gilles won his Grand Prix here, I think it's great to show that Ferrari is still alive, still there, winning races".

"Some of the marshals were already celebrating so..."

"IT WASNT ME" *Shaggy Voice* when they tell you to wave the flag a lap too early but I'm so grateful no one was hurt! "Hahaha but so grateful everyone was safe today and no one got hurt!"

As a result, the race results were taken on Lap 68.

"Straight from the start, the power started dropping out", said Hamilton, whose Mercedes engine was in its seventh race this season, while other teams introduced new upgraded power units.

Hamilton is on 120 points, one behind Vettel of Ferrari.

"I think this is a major wake-up call for every member of the team", he said.

"We now need to reflect in the right way, understand where we can find more performance and respond in Paul Ricard in two weeks' time". "Those marginal gains are going to make all the difference". But when the race restarted on lap five Vettel put his foot down and pulled away - and that's where he stayed. On the restart, Sergio Perez skidded onto the grass but managed to straighten himself out and rejoin the race.

"Grazie", the German said to his Italy-based team before grabbing a red and yellow Ferrari flag and waving it on his way to the podium.

Despite his convincing win, Vettel said the victory was not easy.

Fernando Alonso's 300th grand prix epitomised his miserable run with McLaren. "It's nice to become part of that story, hopefully a little bit more in the future". Bottas finished second for the fourth time in seven races.

Hamilton's early pit-stop on an enforced two-stop strategy, due to an engine heating problem, had done him no favours, but when Raikkonen pitted after 33 laps the Englishman was able to hang on and regain fifth as the Ferrari rejoined. But it could get a lot worse. "From the start, all of a sudden I was down on power and my engine was saying it was over temperature and I couldn't get the temperatures down".

Mercedes have dominated the sport since 2014, but the fiercer competition provided by both Ferrari and Red Bull this year has led to a series of errors. After arriving in Montreal, Verstappen half-jokingly threatened to head-butt any reporter who asked about the crashes. He retired to the garage after 43 laps - the eighth time he failed to finish in Montreal.



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