Vettel in 50th and 'perfect' GP win, Latest Others News

Hope Soto
June 13, 2018

Indeed Vettel now leads Hamilton by one point after the British driver was left to rue a Mercedes engine problem as he finished an underwhelming fifth.

Mercedes took a comfortable 1-2 finish in 2017, the third year in a row it triumphed at the race, and expected its W09 to suit the characteristics of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, compared to the previous event in Monaco.

The Briton, running on a seven-race-old engine, reported he was down on power in the opening exchanges, and had to pit earlier than planned as his Mercedes team made changes to his overheating machinery.

"I even watched on TV after I saw the chequered flag and it said final lap and then I was a bit confused, but then I told them "I think the race isn't over yet" and they said "no, no.no, keep pushing". Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) 20.892, 5.

A timing glitch during a virtual safety vehicle period cost Hamilton the win in Australia before a gearbox issue resulted in a grid drop for the Briton at the next round in Bahrain.

Hamilton struggled with engine temperatures during the race.

And here, their failure to give Hamilton a fresh engine has contributed to him losing the championship lead.

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Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said the team tried to "manage the situation" in the first stint but eventually it had to bring Hamilton in to modify the cooling set-up on the auto. "I'm the opposite of confident moving forward".

"We now need to reflect in the right way, understand where we can find more performance and respond in Paul Ricard in two weeks' time". "Those marginal gains are going to make all the difference".

"It is a three-way team fight and six cars can win races".

"We could think about replacing the flag with a signal on the LED boards. I'm just extremely proud to become part of that story, step by step, and hopefully a bit more in the future". "Every single lap I was waiting for the power to just drop away and disappear, but it kept going".

But there was not, and Vettel picked up the 50th win of his career, his second in Montreal and the first for Ferrari at the track since Michael Schumacher won three in a row from 2002-04. The Ferrari driver ambled to a pole-to-flag victory on Sunday, leading on every lap, to return to the top of Formula One's drivers' standings - the most-talked about incident coming with the inadvertent early waving of the chequered flag. He finished a comfortable third.

A strong start saw Vettel leave Bottas behind to fend off Max Verstappen, but nearly immediately the race was under a safety vehicle after a major coming together between the Toro Rosso of Hartley and the Williams of Stroll.

Toro Rosso's Hartley was left with nowhere to go and the two collided in dramatic fashion.

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