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Peel Street buzzing with excitement on eve of Canadian Grand Prix

Daniel Ricciardo- Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Credit Charles Coates Getty Images
Noah Ferguson | 11 June, 2018, 08:44

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. But the number that will matter to Vettel is the one-point advantage he leaves Canada with.

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.

"Starting from pole, Vettel led away at the start and was never headed as he controlled the race from the front to finish over seven seconds clear of Mercedes" Valtteri Bottas. Finally returning to the top step is significant in indicating that they will take the fight to their rivals on the majority of tracks.

Vettel, from his fourth Canadian pole, made a clean start while behind him Bottas had to scrap to resist a robust attack from Verstappen.

German F1 driver Sebastian Vettel has claimed pole position at the Canadian Grand Prix with the fastest lap ever on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

The race was deservedly Vettel's. Leading from the off, he proceeded to put in a series of exemplary laps to open up a gap to Bottas and had more than four seconds on the Finn by lap 13. The Spaniard was forced out with engine trouble after 42 laps.

"I'm the opposite of confident", said Mercedes executive director Toto Wolff, whose team failed to deliver with an engine upgrade in time for the weekend and also botched its tire strategy heading in practice.

Hamilton tops the championship leaderboard as he pursues his fifth Formula One title. He was on the back foot when the race began, having started from fourth on the grid.

"Yeah I'm fine", Hartley told his team.

The error had a small ramification on how the race will be recorded in the history books: it meant Daniel Ricciardo lost the fastest lap of the race he had set on lap 70, meaning that accolade went to Red Bull teammate Max Verstappen. It's a three-way fight, six cars can win races and you can't take anything for granted.

They also had problems with tyres choice and wear management.

Which was of no concern to Vettel who led the train from lights to flag.

They should have new pieces for the next race June 24 in Le Castellet in France.

Esteban Ocon, who was ahead of both Renaults early in the race, was the first auto to make a scheduled pitstop, and he lost out to Hulkenberg and Sainz having been holding them up before he suffered a slow pitstop, which relegated him to ninth.

Frenchman Esteban Ocon was ninth for Force India with Monaco's Charles Leclerc taking the final point for Sauber.

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