Sebastian Vettel takes 50th win and F1 championship lead in Canada

Sebastian Vettel takes 50th win and F1 championship lead in Canada

Sebastian Vettel led from the pole to the checkered flag - and then some - to claim a long-awaited Ferrari victory at the Canadian Grand Prix.

The Ferrari man started on pole and lead throughout around Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, where Hamilton had triumphed in each of the past three seasons.

But it was a decision Red Bull made earlier in the session, in Q2, to complete their best lap on the Hypersoft tyre and not the more durable Ultrasoft, which Ferrari and Mercedes had on their cars, which confused Vettel as it means both Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo will use that compound in the first stint.

Valtteri Bottas was second in his Mercedes, about six seconds back.

His Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton failed to shine in Montreal with the biggest drama of the day coming in the opening lap as Lance Stroll and Brendon Hartley crashed out. Vettel got a superb start after the resumption and Bottas never looked like making up ground - especially after a slight error with around a dozen laps to go which effectively ensured the German could cruise home.

"Perfect is probably a good way to describe it". "Forty years after Gilles won his Grand Prix here, it's nice to show Ferrari is still alive". "I'm just so happy that I finished". Hamilton has won the Canadian race six times, including the previous three.

Toto Wolff says the Canadian GP weekend serves as a "major wake-up call" to Mercedes to get to grips with the "new reality" of F1's expanded battle for honours.

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Hamilton, who had engine problems in the race, said: "It could have been a lot worse".

"The team has been extremely strong in the past at keeping reliability on a high level so that is not a part that worries me, it is more we have seen today a Ferrari that is the stronger auto - strong in qualifying, strong in race and at no time we had a chance to fight for the win".

Hamilton, who came into the weekend leading the championship standings, came in fifth. It was the seventh race on the engine so it's saw its life.

Verstappen's podium was his second of the year, and it eases some of the pressure he has felt with a series of mistakes that cost him and the Red Bull team in Azerbaijan and Monaco.

Ricciardo starts on the third row with the second Ferrari driven by Kimi Raikkonen.

Vettel had no such trouble, leaving the jostling behind him as he steered through the 4.36-kilometer track named for the Ferrari driver and Montreal native who earned his first Formula One victory here 40 years ago.

The same issue occurred at the 2014 Chinese Grand Prix and Whiting believes it is due to a misinterpretation of the lap countdown on F1's world feed.

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