Sebastian Vettel wins Canadian Grand Prix to retake F1 championship lead

11 June, 2018, 00:59 | Author: Laura Christensen
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Sebastian Vettel says building his confidence after a scrappy Friday was the key to securing his first pole position at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve since 2013. From the number of red flags with the prancing pony logo, the Italian squad remains the clear favourite in the grandstands.

Get me to Le Mans: Fernando Alonso's 300th race weekend was utterly miserable. Overtaking is relatively straightforward, speeds are high and the cars are pushed to their limits; likewise, the concrete walls punish any mistakes heavily but the drivers need the confidence to use all of the track, especially in qualifying where even the smallest of margins count.

Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas was second, in front of the Red Bull of Max Verstappen.

Hamilton's bid for a record-equalling seventh victory in Montreal was compromised from the start of the race with his engine suffering from cooling problems.

Before the race on Sunday, the vehicle Villeneuve used in 1978 will be driven by his 47-year-old son Jacques, the 1997 world champion, to lead the ceremonial parade lap.

Verstappen's teammate, Australian Daniel Ricciardo, ran third in practice, with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen between them.


Lewis Hamilton will start the 2018 Canadian Grand Prix from the second row of the grid tomorrow.

He retired in Azerbaijan after a collision with Ricciardo and in China he tangled with Hamilton and Vettel, finishing fifth after a 10-second penalty demoted him from fourth, while Ricciardo won the race. We still got everything out of the day we needed but we were compromised a bit for pace. Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull have dominated the field this season.

"With the long straights it's hard to fight for pole position".

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, the 2014 Canadian GP victor, is coming off a victory two weeks ago in Monaco.

Vettel sees another chance to honour the memory of Gilles Villeneuve, who died in a crash at the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix, with a Ferrari win. "Thanks to the team for fixing the vehicle yesterday after I hit the wall". We're trying to compensate for that. It would be much more of a problem if I would be really slow, because that is a critical problem.' When pushed further to explain why he had crashed so much this year, Verstappen replied: 'Like I said I get a bit exhausted of all the questions.

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