Sebastian Vettel recaptures championship lead with Canadian Grand Prix victory

Lynette Rowe
June 12, 2018

The Canadian Grand Prix weekend belonged to Ferrari and more specifically Sebastian Vettel.

Max Verstappen kept close to Bottas as best he could - and later confessed to a little bit of contact between his Red Bull and the Mercedes at the start, shrugging it off with, "That's racing, isn't it?"

The same couldn't be said for top rival Lewis Hamilton whose Mercedes was down on power throughout the race due to an ineffective cooling system caused by a faulty chassis component.

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. I think we need a little bit of time to understand the full picture but as I said I'm not yet happy with the auto.

Speaking to Austrian channel ORF, Wolff said that there was nothing positive to take away from the result - as he brushed off suggestions Valtteri Bottas's second placed finish was damage limitation.

"The fact that a season could sway through reliability, I don't think anyone wants to say that".

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Montreal's Lance Stroll, in his home race, made a spectacular impact in his Williams, but not the one for which he would have wished, crashing out in stunning style and sending Toro Rosso's Brendon Hartley into the air as well. "On my steering wheel they have the lap count and it showed one more lap to go".

"I'm just so happy that I finished as from the start I was down on power and my engine was saying that it was over temperature and I couldn't get them down", he said. "I will take this loss with my head held high and then hopefully have a better couple of races".

Hamilton thus had to make do in Canada with an engine used in the six previous races. 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. "There's a long way to go in the season so I am not bothered about the title now, but it's a good side effect for me". Max Verstappen was third and the other Red Bull auto, driven by Daniel Ricciardo, was fourth.

Mercedes were never in the victory equation, having not got engine updates ready in time for the race while Ferrari and Red Bull both had new parts. In third place is Bottas with 86 points.

Given the potential for unpredictability in Formula One and engine reliability likely to become more of a factor come the business end of the season, Hamilton was aware of the importance of getting his vehicle home to the finish. I still believe that we can win.

Stroll, 19, was in is second Canadian GP. Fernando Alonso, competing in his 300th grand prix, started 14th on Sunday and retired with an exhaust issue.

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