Vettel Dominates In Canada To Take The Championship Lead
Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel cruised to victory in Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix at the Cirucit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. The four time world champion took a lights to flag victory having started the 70 lap race from pole position and in doing so he has taken the lead of the championship by one point ahead of Mercedes Lewis Hamilton.
Mercedes Valtteri Bottas finished second, the Finn just didn’t have an answer for Vettel’s pace and came home just ahead of Aston Martin Red Bull Racing’s pairing of Max Verstappen who completed the podium and Monaco race winner Daniel Ricciardo.
Defending champion Lewis Hamilton finished the race in fifth place despite the fact he felt at one point he was not going to make it to the end. The four time world champion ended the race just ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen. It was a great race for the Renault Sport F1 Team who equaled their best result of the season with Nico Hulkenberg coming home seventh and Carlos Sainz in eighth.
The Sahara Force India Formula One Team’s Esteban Ocon finished the race ninth place while the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team’s Charles LeClerc had a great race as he rounded out the top ten giving the Swiss based outfit a valuable point.
Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly was left disappointed as he just missed out on a place in the top ten coming home in 11th place just ahead of the Haas F1 Team’s Romain Grosjean who came through the field from last on the grid to finish 12th just ahead of his team mate Kevin Magnussen.
Sahara Force India’s Sergio Perez ended the race in 14th place just ahead of Marcus Ericsson and McLaren Renault’s Stoffel Vandoorne.
Williams Martini Racing’s Sergey Sirotkin finished the race in 17th. There were three retirements with Fernando Alonso having to retire from his 300th Grand Prix following a problem with his McLaren Renault.
Scuderio Toro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley and Williams Martini Racing’s Lance Stroll brought out the safety car as the pair collided in the early stages of the race. The accident made good use of the Halo as Stroll’s car climbed the back of Hartley’s and the pair were able to walk away.
In two weeks time, Formula One makes it’s eagerly anticipated return to the France where the teams will compete at the Paul Ricard circuit.