Vettel wins in Canada to overtake Hamilton in standings

Ferrari at the 2018 Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel ended up snatching pole from Valtteri Bottas on Saturday and then turned in a comfortable performance to win the grand prix on Sunday, taking the championship lead from Lewis Hamilton in the process.

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

It was Ferrari's first win in Canada since 2004 and came from their first pole there in 17 years.

Canada marked the one-third point of the 21-race 2018 season and Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff described it as a "major wake-up call" for his entire team. Although the result was not affected, Daniel Ricciardo's fastest lap, which the Australian set at the death, did not count and was instead awarded to his Red Bull team-mate Verstappen.

The battle for "best of the rest" saw a straight fight between Esteban Ocon in the Force India and the two Renaults of Carlos Sainz and Nico Hulkenberg.

"Pole position is always important", said Vettel. I still think we're not pretty good in Monaco and Singapore.

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.

2018 Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix
2018 Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix Enlarge

"It was definitely a bit more fun when you had more engines I would say".

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.

The New Zealander appeared to be squeezed into the barriers as Stroll, with a puncture, moved sideways ahead of him at Turn Five and the Toro Rosso was lifted off the ground before both flew off the track.

Vettel struggled for pace in both practice sessions and finished the day 0.787s off the fastest time set by Max Verstappen and 0.657s off Raikkonen. "Kimi I think was happier on one lap so probably he's one of the favourites, I'm not, but we'll see tomorrow". Adding to his problems was a cooling issue that required an early pit.

He attempted to pass Bottas at the first corner, but avoided contact with the Finn, and then kept him honest throughout the race, crossing the line less than one second behind the Mercedes vehicle.

The only other retirement besides Stroll and Hartley was McLaren's Fernando Alonso who reported a loss of power due to an exhaust problem and was forced to garage his auto - a disappointing end to the Spaniard's 300th race. "Sorry mate, gutted", said his McLaren engineer. He has a 14-point lead over Vettel and a 38-point edge on Ricciardo.

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