Formula One: Glum Hamilton unhappy to start Canadian GP from fourth

Canadian Grand Prix - Strategy guide

Canadian Grand Prix - Strategy guide

Current Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel paid tribute to Gilles Villeneuve and the team's enduring popularity at the Canadian GP after earning pole position on Saturday, which impressed Jacques.

Vettel powered his Ferrari around the 4.361-kilometre Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in one minute 10.776 seconds.

I was there when Hamilton won his first race on this track - and I'd like to see him eventually break Michael Schumacher's record of seven titles in Montreal. But the number that will matter to Vettel is the one-point advantage he leaves Canada with.

Valtteri Bottas was second fastest for Mercedes, but was unable to improve on his first-run lap having lost time in the first and second sectors.

Vettel's win means he now leads Hamilton by a solitary point in the Drivers' Championship standings. "We did not really change a lot initially and that's always a good sign and gives you hope", said Verstappen. The Spaniard was forced out with engine trouble after 42 laps.

Sadly, in terms of excitement on the track, this year's race peaked right there, with the collision between Stroll and Hartley.

"This is why this year's championship is going to be decided by the one who makes the fewest mistakes, brings the best development onto the power unit of the engine on every single weekend".




After 20-some strolls down to the Senna corner to watch the cars come through on that first lap, I can tell you there is nearly nothing like seeing them barrel down the straightaway, brake down nearly to a standstill through the chicane and then seemingly leap up and out of sight around the bend.

After leading all three practice sessions in the build-up, Max Verstappen had to produce an excellent lap just to claim third for the German's former team, beating Lewis Hamilton in the process.

"It was a good race", he enthused. It's a three-way fight, six cars can win races and you can't take anything for granted.

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

Montreal had been a Mercedes stronghold in the current hybrid engine era but Wolff accepts Ferrari simply had a "stronger car" this weekend and that past success counts for little this season.

Kimi Raikkonen ended the race in P6 while the Renault team Nico Hulkenburg and Carlos Sainz took P7 and P8 respectively. The Force India of Esteban Ocon was ninth, with Charles Leclerc's Sauber coming home in 10th.

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