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Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel wins Canadian Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel wins Canadian Grand Prix for 50th career victory Motor racing-Hamilton just happy to finish in Canada
Cary Erickson | 11 June, 2018, 03:42

The Canadian Grand Prix went the scheduled 70-lap distance on Sunday.

Sebastian Vettel gave Ferrari pole position on Saturday with a record lap in qualifying on the track now named Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

"(We're) not yet there", said Vettel.

As it turned out, Harlow's error had little impact on the race, although it did prompt an irritated radio message from radio message from race leader Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel's best lap time of one minute 10.776 seconds bested the record of 1:11.459 set previous year by Mercedes ace Lewis Hamilton.

The Red Bull garage opted to qualify Ricciardo and teammate Max Verstappen in Q2 using the hypersoft tyres, while Mercedes and Ferrari used the more durable, but slower ultrasofts.

Vettel sees another chance to honour the memory of Gilles Villeneuve, who died in a crash at the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix, with a Ferrari win.

"This is why this year's championship is going to be decided by the one who makes the fewest mistakes, brings the best development onto the power unit of the engine on every single weekend".

The top three kept their positions from the start, with Vettel leading from pole position ahead of Bottas and Verstappen. He and Ferrari executed their race to perfection, took the lead in the title race and have left Hamilton and Mercedes with much to consider before racing resumes in France in a fortnight.

Mercedes were first out in Q3 and smashed the records, Bottas topping Hamilton in 1:10.857 before Vettel beat that.

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After the first runs, Hamilton found himself in P5 after a costly lockup on what would otherwise have been a great lap. He sits 16th in driver standings with four points from six events as the Williams auto has struggled with performance all season.

He retired to the garage after 43 laps - the eighth time he failed to finish in Montreal. He was able to match Ricciardo, who finished fourth, and chased him down but with a one-stop race, tyre management to the fore and the difficulty the current cars present in closing he was - as were all of the front six - forced into what proved to be a procession.

Hamilton said he would have liked to have spent longer on the softest compound in practice.

"It's just been a hard day", he said after unexpectedly being out-qualified by team-mate Bottas.

"I got everything out of the auto", said the Finn. "If that comes together I think we can do quite a big jump and then hopefully the engine and putting it all together will help us to be there tomorrow".

"It's a good result, although it's not flawless to start behind the Ferrari", he continued. "I was just anxious that people don't jump on the track and start celebrating". I'll dig deep tonight.

"I'm super grateful that I finished, " Hamilton told Sky Sports when asked how he felt about finishing only fifth in Canada.

"It's a good result, although it's not flawless to start behind the Ferrari, but we knew that they would bring some improvements for this weekend".

Lewis Hamilton in qualifying for the 2018 Canadian Grand Prix. Picture: Wolfgang Wilhelm / Daimler AG. "We've seen this year it's very close between the three teams and the six drivers so we'll see, but for sure if you start on pole you want to win".

When asked if he felt Red Bull had the pace for pole after seeing teammate Daniel Ricciardo go quickest in Q2, he said: "I knew we had a good auto, but I wanted to wait and see how competitive we would be in Q3". It was the seventh race on the engine so it's saw its life.