How Vettel and Ferrari turned 'disaster' into triumph - F1

Number one Sebastian Vettel celebrates after winning the Canadian Grand Prix

Number one Sebastian Vettel celebrates after winning the Canadian Grand Prix

Defending four-time champion Briton Hamilton finished fifth, extending his run of points-scoring finishes to a record 32 races, but he slipped a point behind German Vettel in the title race.

He said the win was special because it came 40 years after Canadian Gilles Villeneuve had won his first race for Ferrari.

Sebastian Vettel said immediately after winning the Canadian Grand Prix that it had been a "perfect" race - but he could have gone further and claimed it was a ideal weekend. Under the rules, the 70-lap race was cut short to just 68, though it didn't impact the result of the race among the points-scorers.

"Having had one or two more sets to accommodate the drivers better for qualifying [in Canada] would have maybe helped us secure pole position". With a new engine upgrade fitted to Vettel's vehicle this weekend, Ferrari was expected to be one of the favourites in Canada but Vettel was not happy with his performance after he was restricted to just 17 laps in second practice due to auto issues at the start of the session.

Second-placed Valtteri Bottas made an effort to close the gap on the race leader, but his Mercedes just didn't have the pace to challenge.

"I thought it was going to fail".

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"I was quite happy with my first run in Q3 but I knew there was something more in the vehicle for the first part of the lap", Vettel continued.

"I'm just so happy that I finished", he told Sky Sports. "I'm sure in the next couple of days it will get more and more painful". "The celebrity was not to blame", FIA race director Charlie Whiting said.

Daniel Ricciardo, a victor two weeks ago in Monaco in another race panned for being boring, brought his Red Bull in third, just ahead of defending champion Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes. Mercedes have dominated the sport in recent times, but is the intensity of greater competition from both Ferrari and Red Bull taking its toll?

"Ferrari ultimately have had a slightly better package".

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

The pair were eliminated in Q1, along with Toro Rosso's Pierre Gasly and Williams duo Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin.

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The race was over for both drivers and Hartley was taken to hospital though fortunately was given the all clear from doctors.

A steward's investigation found neither driver at fault. I'm still here to win and still believe that we can.

Stroll, 19, was in is second Canadian GP.

This year marks the 55th edition of the Canadian Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Parc Jean-Drapeau.

Fernando Alonso's F1 future remains unclear after he retired from his 300th Grand Prix before making his Le Mans debut this week. The Spaniard was forced out with engine trouble after 42 laps.

Vettel replaces Hamilton atop standings with Canada triumph
Kimi Raikkonen ended the race in P6 while the Renault team Nico Hulkenburg and Carlos Sainz took P7 and P8 respectively. With the victory, Vettel took a one-point lead over Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton in the Formula One standings.


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