Vettel replaces Hamilton atop standings with Canada triumph

Vettel replaces Hamilton atop standings with Canada triumph

Vettel replaces Hamilton atop standings with Canada triumph

Sebastian Vettel has recaptured the drivers championship lead after a clinical lights-to-flag victory at the Canadian Grand Prix.

Lewis Hamilton complained of intermittent power loss from fourth place, and with Daniel Ricciardo - who had jumped Kimi Raikkonen for fifth, bearing down on him, the Mercedes driver was recalled to the pits for an early tire change and to add some cooling to the auto.

Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas finished in second, making it his fourth podium here in a row while Red Bull's Max Verstappen makes his first podium in Canada in P3.

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

With the victory, Vettel took a one-point lead over Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton in the Formula One standings.

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Even in a week as rich in sporting spectacle as any you will see - from Alexander Ovechkin finally winning a Stanley Cup and then celebrating with fans in a Washington fountain, to Justify winning the Triple Crown, to Rafael Nadal taking his 11th title at Roland Garros and Simona Halep winning her first - a Formula One race is a scene to match any on the planet.

"Today we switched on".

"I need to look into it to see exactly what it is, but there was a good chunk of time there, definitely in that corner alone there was pole position for sure if I'd figured out how to fix it".

Hamilton had gone into the meeting in Montreal with a 14-point advantage but leaves one point behind Vettel, a vast swing he would not have anticipated from one of his favourite circuits. The The Red Bulls will be the ones to look out for at the start. Constantly today going into that corner I was struggling to get the auto stopped, be it front locking or rear locking, so it was quite messy.

The lone Canadian driver Lance Stroll of Montreal saw his early-season woes continue with a 17th place finish in the first 20-minute qualifying session, to leave him in the next-to-last row on the race starting grid.

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I was just a bit off, but that was it. "The laps weren't great laps", said the Mercedes driver, like Vettel a four times champion. I don't know if we're faster yet than we've ever been, but I've really enjoyed it.


"I just thought it was going to fail, and every single lap, I was kind of on the edge waiting for the power to drop away and disappear, because it kept dropping and coming back and dropping".

Kimi Raikkonen ended the race in P6 while the Renault team Nico Hulkenburg and Carlos Sainz took P7 and P8 respectively.

They should have new pieces for the next race June 24 in Le Castellet in France.

"It's unfortunate, I had a good start", said Stroll.

"We managed to get a few laps in at the end of FP3 and I did enough to feel what the vehicle was like". The Spaniard was forced out with engine trouble after 42 laps.

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