Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix preview

Florence Fletcher
June 11, 2018

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel dominated the Canadian Grand Prix to re-take the championship lead as Lewis Hamilton could finish only fifth for Mercedes.

I was there when Hamilton won his first race on this track - and I'd like to see him eventually break Michael Schumacher's record of seven titles in Montreal.

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.

The top three kept their positions from the start, with Vettel leading ahead of Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull's Max Verstappen.

Meanwhile, Mercedes' Non-Executive Chairman Niki Lauda seemed more concerned over Ferrari's impressive pace around the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve, telling the press: "The Ferrari as a package is unbelievable".

Stroll and Hartley's coming together saw the safety auto deployed but that was the extent of the drama.

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The Englishman, who arrived in North America with a 14-point lead over Vettel, will now head to the next round in France trailing his Ferrari rival by one point. Forty years after Gilles won his Grand Prix here, I think it's great to show that Ferrari's still alive, winning races. "I am very happy with this weekend so far". "To have a race like we had today is unbelievable".

Vettel's lap record ensured the Ferrari driver a start from pole position in Canada. He was on the back foot when the race began, having started from fourth on the grid.

"Our auto wasn't good enough, so I won't get too upset".

"I don't think anybody wants to feel cheated", Hamilton said when asked for his thoughts about Mercedes' engine problems.

Lap one was eventful, as Canadian Lance Stroll lost control of his Williams, sandwiching Toro Rosso's Brendon Hartley between himself and the wall. Hopefully he'll have much better luck when he races at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for Toyota next week.

Renault teammates Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz finished seventh and eighth ahead of Force India's Esteban Ocon in ninth, with Sauber's Charles Leclerc scoring the final point in 10th. The auto all weekend has been really strong, every session we made progress with the vehicle and I'm feeling confident on the track. He earned his first Formula One points with a ninth-place finish at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve previous year. The Spaniard was forced out with engine trouble after 42 laps.

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