Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Canadian Grand Prix: Disappointment for Hamilton as Vettel takes lead

Canadian Grand Prix: Disappointment for Hamilton as Vettel takes lead

Hamilton's fifth place, combined with Vettel's win, means the Ferrari driver now holds a one-point lead in the standings.

It was the Italian team's first Canadian GP win since Michael Schumacher in 2004, a race Vettel watched on television as a teenager at home in Germany.

Sebastian Vettel described Friday practice for the Canadian Grand Prix as "a disaster". "On my steering wheel they have the lap count and it showed one more lap to go". He has a 14-point lead over Vettel and a 38-point edge on Ricciardo.

"With the start we had, with the race we had, there was nothing more we could do", said Bottas, who has finished second four times this season, but hasn't yet won. "I am going to keep doing that until I die".

Vettel started the race from pole and stayed in control through to the end to finish some 7.0 seconds clear of Mercedes-AMG's Valtteri Bottas, the second finisher.

"I was just anxious, I told them on the last lap, so people don't jump on the track, waving flags and celebrating, because we are still going at full pace". In the Constructors' Championship, Mercedes leads with 206 points, Ferrari is second with 189 points and Red Bull is third with 134 points. I am really grateful for this day, while it's ultimately not a great performance from us and we would want more points.

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.

"Now we are going home with the realisation that Ferrari had the better auto".

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.

New Zealand driver Brendon Hartley crashed out early driving for Toro Rosso after he was invloved in a collision with Williams driver Lance Stroll in the opening lap of the race. I think this is - we've had it in the past - a major wake up call for every single member of the team.

A steward's investigation found neither driver at fault. I still believe that we can win. The two ran side-by-side on the run up to the second chicane, but Stroll broke loose and, upon correcting his FW41 chassis, drifted right into Hartley.

Fernando Alonso's F1 future remains unclear after he retired from his 300th Grand Prix before making his Le Mans debut this week.

The prospect of an engine failure prompted the Briton to criticize Formula 1's current three-engine limit that came into force at the start of the 2018 season, insisting the restriction has a bearing on the sport's spectacle.

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