Sebastian Vettel wins Canadian Grand Prix to retake F1 championship lead

Sebastian Vettel wins Canadian Grand Prix for 50th career victory

Vettel picked up his second career victory at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and the first for Ferrari in Montreal since Michael Schumacher won three in a row from 2002-04.

Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes was second followed by the Red Bulls' Max Verstappen and Daniel Riciardo, the victor two weeks ago in Monaco. But the number that will matter to Vettel is the one-point advantage he leaves Canada with. We are still in the fight for the race win but it is a three-team fight and Red Bull will make things interesting by starting on the hypersofts.

Engine focus: Mercedes delayed its upgrade for this race, deciding instead to bring it to the next race at Paul Ricard.

"With the improvements we made for this weekend, mostly on the power unit, introducing a new engine helped us around this track probably a bit more than other tracks, but it was a team effort".

The Ferrari driver set a track record with a time of one minute, 10.764 seconds, ahead of Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull's Max Verstappen.

In the 40th year since Gilles Villeneuve's victory at the Canadian Grand Prix, it is only fitting that a Ferrari will start at the front.

Vettel was aware enough of the error to complete the full distance at racing speed, although after he crossed the line at the end of the 70th and final lap, the race result was then based on positions at the end of lap 68.

The race was deservedly Vettel's.

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"Being on pole here with Ferrari means something extra", Vettel said.

"No, it's never easy", said the four-time champion.

He is likely to hope that Bottas can play a key role in keeping Vettel within reach in what may be a very tactical race in which tyres play a big part.

"I think when we look back on this weekend we will accept the fact that, yeah, in hindsight, it would have been nice if we had more time to prepare on the hyper-soft, but it wasn't the case", he told reporters.

"So far everything went well and I have a good feeling". Six cars can win races and you can't take anything for granted.

And it was Vettel who finished the qualifying session in first place - and he will start Sunday's race as favourite.

Which was of no concern to Vettel who led the train from lights to flag. "We're still going at full pace".

Bottas did have a minor scare with 15 laps to go, when he went wide at Turn 1 after lapping Carlos Sainz's Renault, and clipped the grass at Turn 2, briefly falling back behind the Renault.

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