Lewis Hamilton doubted he would finish Canadian Grand Prix

Heather Diaz
June 11, 2018

Vettel converted pole position into a lead at the first corner and was never headed as he kept Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas at arm's length throughout the race.

Hartley crashed out early at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve after an opening lap collision.

It was Ferrari's first win in Canada since 2004 and came from their first pole there in 17 years.

It's Vettel's 50th career win and his third of the season.

Daniel Ricciardo, a victor two weeks ago in Monaco in another race panned for being tiresome, brought his Red Bull in third, just ahead of defending champion Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes.

There was joy for both Force India drivers, though, as they both made it to Q3 for the second race running, so Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez will start either side of ninth-placed Carlos Sainz.

"Like every grand prix there's not one person to dedicate it to", said Vettel.

"It's unfortunate, I had a good start", said Stroll.

Ferrari F1 ace Sebastian Vettel on pole with record lap at Canadian Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton battles for pole position in 2018 Canadian Grand Prix qualifying

"I was quite happy with my first run in Q3 but I knew there was something more in the vehicle for the first part of the lap", Vettel continued. It means a lot.

"No big surprises. We thought that Ferrari and Mercedes were going to qualify on the Ultras".

40 years after Gilles Villeneuve won his home race for Ferrari, his son Jacques drove his vehicle around the Montreal circuit before the race. It's Vettel's fourth pole on the Ile Notre-Dame, and his first since 2013.

It was a short day for the lone Canadian as Stroll's Williams slid across the track and rammed New Zealander Brendon Hartley of Toro Rosso into a wall.

"I'm just so happy that I finished as from the start I was down on power and my engine was saying that it was over temperature and I couldn't get them down", Hamilton said.

Hamilton's early pit-stop on an enforced two-stop strategy, due to an engine heating problem, had done him no favours, but when Raikkonen pitted after 33 laps the Englishman was able to hang on and regain fifth as the Ferrari rejoined.

It was left to Bottas to chase Vettel, who made a clean getaway from the start, with Verstappen nearly passing the Finn before the order settled down.

Fernando Alonso had no reason to celebrate his 300th grand prix, forced to retire his McLaren on lap 43 and the Spaniard will doubtless be pleased to leave Canada to focus on taking part in the Le Mans 24 Hours next weekend. Race leader Sebastian Vettel radioed his Ferrari team to point out the error but continued at full pace in the belief that the race would still go the full distance.

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