Canadian Grand Prix: Vettel takes 50th win and F1 championship lead

Number one Sebastian Vettel celebrates after winning the Canadian Grand Prix

Number one Sebastian Vettel celebrates after winning the Canadian Grand Prix

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.

Hamilton's Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas tailed Vettel the entire way after fighting off Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen off the start, but Bottas never got almost close enough to mount a challenge, though he did come home a solid second.

What's more, Montreal specialist Lewis Hamilton looked strong.

Cue some serious work overnight, both in Montreal and at Ferrari's Maranello base with reserve driver Antonio Giovinazzi putting in the miles in the simulator. However, fears of a failure crept in early on in Sunday's race when the reigning world champion radioed in to signal persistent power drop outs.

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.

"Yeah I'm fine", Hartley told his team.

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In contrast, Ferrari arrived with their new engine, complete with upgraded fuel, and the team felt it delivered a gain, one that would be particularly useful on a power track such as Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve.

"I hope they don't go to two engines next year because it's just going to get ridiculous", he said. "I am going to keep doing that until I die".

Thanks to his strong performance, Vettel moves back into the lead spot in the 2018 Drivers' Championship with 121 points.

"He just run me out of road".

Luckily, this mistake had no bearing on the final result, with only the fastest lap going to Verstappen rather than Ricciardo, but it's safe to say fans weren't impressed. I think they peaked a bit early, but majority are men so it might happen.

Red Bull bringing Daniel Ricciardo in on Lap 18 meant an undercut on Hamilton when he returned to the track. It was the same for Bottas running behind Vettel.

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"Ferrari ultimately have had a slightly better package".

"Their vehicle is fantastic and the engine, too".

Kimi Raikkonen was sixth ahead of the two Renault cars with Nico Hulkenberg leading home Carlos Sainz Jr.

Behind the leaders, there was chaos when Williams's Canadian Lance Stroll squeezed Toro Rosso's Brendon Hartley into the wall.

The Safety Car was deployed in order to clear the wreckage while stewards opted to take no further action against either driver.

"We need to review procedures and make sure we have a very simple procedure for every circuit", added Whiting. After 42 laps, sadly, Fernando Alonso's 300th Grand Prix weekend came to an end when, chasing 10th, he was called in to pit and retire.

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