Formula One: Vettel replaces Hamilton atop standings with Canada triumph

11 Junio, 2018, 01:59 | Author: Thomas Hicks
  • Canadian Grand Prix - Strategy guide

Sebastian Vettel usurped Lewis Hamilton in the Formula One drivers' standings thanks to a consummate victory at Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix.

The timing of Vettel's win could not have been better, coming on the 40th anniversary of the late Gilles Villeneuve's victory for the Italian team in 1978 at his home Grand Prix.

Fans in the packed grandstands at the Canadian Grand Prix stood and cheered as Jacques Villeneuve toured the track in the vehicle his father Gilles used to win the race 40 years ago. "I dedicate it to the team and to the Canadian (Ferrari) fans".

"I think we looked quite competitive and it was a positive start to the weekend".

This was true when your humble scribe first began covering the race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve almost 30 years ago - and it's true today. "Hopefully a bit more in the future".

It is a welcome return to form for Verstappen, who ahead of the weekend looked agitated in Thursday's press conference, half-joking that he "might headbutt" the next person to ask him about the series of crashes and incidents which have overshadowed his first six races. And a miscalculation that saw a race official waive the checkered flag when there was still one lap to go.

"That was amusing", said Vettel. That could prove beneficial if they can find clear air after a pit stop on lap 15 as Friday's data suggested the Red Bull had a 0.4s advantage per lap in race trim over Ferrari. Some of the marshals were already celebrating. "But overall, it's been a great day".

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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.

Hamilton started fourth but dropped back to finish fifth and is a point behind Vettel at the one-third point of the season.

But Bottas and Hamilton may have been set back by the team's inability to get an updated engine ready in time for the race, while Ferrari and Red Bull both had new parts. Last year's victor in Monaco was Hamilton.

Bottas and Vettel followed with their respective stops at the end of Laps 36 and 37, maintaining first and second places.

He then shaved 0.012 seconds off that time on his second run using the hypersoft Pirellis to make sure of pole position. "Ferrari was better than us this week, with the Red Bull very close to us, so I think there was nothing we could have done better". Or single lap pace was good too, but today, it just didn't come together.

Frenchman Esteban Ocon was ninth for Force India with Monaco's Charles Leclerc taking the final point for Sauber.

New Zealander Brendon Hartley will start in 12th for Toro Rosso.

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