Vettel wins in Canada to overtake Hamilton in standings

Aubrey Yates
June 11, 2018

But Stroll has not enjoyed the kind of early success that Jacques Villeneuve experienced, so apart from friends and family, his absence far back in the pack isn't much noticed on the track where he picked up his first Formula One points with a ninth-place finish a year ago.

Vettel was never threatened from pole, leading easily off the line and nailing his sole pit stop to ensure he cruised past the checkered flag first. From the number of red flags with the prancing pony logo, the Italian squad remains the clear favourite in the grandstands.

"I think it was just a combination of things", he admitted. The competition may not be what you'd like to see on the track - but sometimes, it's simply about the spectacle.

"To have a Ferrari winning today and me driving it makes me very proud and honored".

Sebastian Vettel swept to an imperious victory at the Canadian Grand Prix in a class of his own.

Bottas and Vettel will both be starting tomorrow's race on the ultrasoft tyres that they used to set their best time in Q2. "It's great when you have a session like that".

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.

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Lance Stroll of Montreal, the first Canadian to race in F1 since Jacques Villeneuve left in 2006, qualified 17th as his Williams team's struggles continued. 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. The Briton has won the last three on the track that seems to suit the Mercedes auto with its heavy braking after long straightaways and tight chicanes. Grosjean will likely start the race at the back of the grid.

"There would have been gains and I think it would have been a close fight for the pole with the new engine parts, but we're going to get it later", said Bottas.

The other ace up Red Bull's sleeve will be at the start when the hyper-soft compound should offer better traction off the line.

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". We learned a bit and I know the direction I want to go set-up wise.

He admitted: "We were coming to Montreal expecting our auto to be really strong and we are leaving Montreal seeing that we haven't been where we thought we should be".

When it comes to the twisty stuff, 11 of the 14 corners are taken below 100 miles per hour, which makes it particularly hard on the brakes and tires when the cars are coming from the high-speed straights. "We didn't apply the pressure this weekend, but I'm really going to make sure I come back strong in the next race".

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was sixth, and said it had been a boring race, with Renault's Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz seventh and eighth. "I think it's the right choice for our vehicle".

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