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Canadian GP: Vettel cruises to win from Bottas, Verstappen

11 June 2018

Sebastian Vettel won Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, and he didn't even need to finish the race. "I quickly saw that it was going to be hard to take pole position but you always do your best and try to get the best out of the auto".

Red Bull drivers Max Verstappen and Australian Daniel Ricciardo were third and fourth respectively.

Vettel's third victory this season lifted him to 121 points ahead of Hamilton on 120 after seven races, ending the defending four-time champion's hopes of a record-equalling seventh win at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve where he won from pole for the last three years.

Vettel ended Q1 on top ahead of the Finn with Hamilton third, but it was tense for McLaren as twice former champion Fernando Alonso squeezed into Q2 at the end in 14th place ahead of team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne.

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With Vettel's team mate Kimi Raikkonen taking sixth, Ferrari also closed the gap on Mercedes in the constructors' standings, with the deficit now down to 17 points.

Verstappen was one of the star performers on Saturday afternoon, splitting the Mercedes drivers for a spot on the second row.

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.

While most of the field opted to run the softest option tire, the Hyper Soft compound, Mercedes ran Hamilton on the Super Soft and Valtteri Bottas (P6) on the Ultra Soft. "The laps weren't great laps". He sits 16th in driver standings with four points from six events as the Williams auto has struggled with performance all season.

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That didn't last long though, with the time being eclipsed in Q3 by Hamilton, Bottas and then Vettel in quick succession. He was able to match Ricciardo, who finished fourth, and chased him down but with a one-stop race, tyre management to the fore and the difficulty the current cars present in closing he was - as were all of the front six - forced into what proved to be a procession.

"As hard as days like today are, there's no points today", Hamilton said.

"The numbers are just in theory, but there would have been gains", Bottas said. Our single lap was good too, but today it just didn't come together.

"I got the job done".

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"You can see just how tight things are at the front of the grid, so I think it could be tricky to overtake tomorrow". I'll dig deep tonight.

Canadian GP: Vettel cruises to win from Bottas, Verstappen