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Canadian Grand Prix: Disappointment for Hamilton as Vettel takes lead

Daniel Ricciardo- Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Credit Charles Coates Getty Images
Cary Erickson | 11 June, 2018, 08:31

"And for Scuderia Ferrari this track and this country means a lot, as this is the place where Gilles Villeneuve came from".

The most eventful part of Vettel's race after that came at the start of the final lap, when the chequered flag was shown more than one lap early. Hamilton has won the Canadian race six times, including the previous three.

"It's 50 for me but after a long stretch that Ferrari didn't win here, I saw the people around and they were super happy".

Formula One race director Charlie Whiting said the error was caused by simple miscommunication between the official starter and crew in the starter's tower, which resulted in model Winnie Harlow - a friend of Mercedes world champion Lewis Hamilton - waving the flag prematurely.

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 auto.

"Perfect is a good way to describe this", said a delighted Vettel.

Hartley crashed out early at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve after an opening lap collision. We all know we're on lap 69, but to someone who is a slightly more casual observer, they might think "oh, this must mean it's the last lap".

Hamilton admitted that he was concerned about the fact that he had lost 18 points to Vettel in the past two races.

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The four-time champion German drove his Ferrari with near flawless aplomb to convert his 54th pole position into a triumphant afternoon ahead of Finn Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes and determined Dutchman Max Verstappen, who was third for Red Bull.

He added that there was now a need for a thorough review of the race to see what had gone wrong and if there were to be any consequences in the team.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, the 2014 Canadian GP victor, is coming off a victory two weeks ago in Monaco. "In the middle of the race, I think after the stop, we had a sequence of..."

"Their auto is fantastic and the engine, too".

It was a short day for the lone Canadian as Stroll's Williams slid across the track and rammed New Zealander Brendon Hartley of Toro Rosso into a wall. Hopefully he'll have much better luck when he races at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for Toyota next week. Both cars were badly damaged but the drivers escaped uninjured.

Toto Wolff says the Canadian GP weekend serves as a "major wake-up call" to Mercedes to get to grips with the "new reality" of F1's expanded battle for honours. A year ago, Stroll picked up the first Formula One points of his career in his hometown.

The same issue occurred at the 2014 Chinese Grand Prix and Whiting believes it is due to a misinterpretation of the lap countdown on F1's world feed.