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Vettel replaces Hamilton atop standings with Canada triumph

11 June 2018

An opening-lap collision saw Brendon Hartley and home favourite Lance Stroll take their leave nearly immediately, while Fernando Alonso's 300th grand prix was not an occasion to celebrate as he, too, retired early. But Stroll has not enjoyed the kind of early success that Jacques Villeneuve experienced, so apart from friends and family, his absence far back in the pack isn't much noticed on the track where he picked up his first Formula One points with a ninth-place finish past year.

"Today we switched on". "I dedicate it to the team and to the Canadian (Ferrari) fans".

"I just thought it was going to fail, and every single lap, I was kind of on the edge waiting for the power to drop away and disappear, because it kept dropping and coming back and dropping". Fortunately the forecast looks good this year, with only partly cloudy skies predicted for both Saturday's qualifying and Sunday's race. "Hopefully a bit more in the future". The younger Villeneuve is clearly not a fan of the aggressive Dutch driver.

"That was amusing", said Vettel. Some of the marshals were already celebrating. It would be much more of a problem if I would be really slow, because that is a critical problem.' When pushed further to explain why he had crashed so much this year, Verstappen replied: 'Like I said I get a bit exhausted of all the questions. "But overall, it's been a great day".

Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas was second, in front of the Red Bull of Max Verstappen.

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With the victory, Vettel took a one-point lead over Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton in the Formula One standings.

Red Bull, which starts on hyper-softs, will hope to mitigate that degradation in the opening stint, and on Friday appeared to be the only one of the top three teams capable of doing that successfully. Hamilton came within a second of challenging Ricciardo late in the race, but then encountered fuel troubles.

Bottas and Vettel followed with their respective stops at the end of Laps 36 and 37, maintaining first and second places.

"I need to look into it to see exactly what it is, but there was a good chunk of time there, definitely in that corner alone there was pole position for sure if I'd figured out how to fix it".

"I am happy with this weekend so far".

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

The Canadian Grand Prix typically promises action, and Lance Stroll in his home race got proceedings off to a dramatic start, oversteering out of Turn 5 and into an unwitting Brendon Hartley, sandwiching him against the barrier. Hartley went to hospital for precautionary tests but the team said he was OK. The race stewards judged it to be a racing incident, with no driver at fault. The auto all weekend has been really strong, every session we made progress with the vehicle and I'm feeling confident on the track. I had a moment of oversteer.

"It's such a fun track to drive and we didn't have any problems, I really enjoyed it", said Hamilton, who has won the last three straight races on the Montreal circuit. "Gilles Villeneuve, the favourite driver of Enzo Ferrari".

It was the 300th F1 race for two-time champion Fernando Alonso of McLaren, good for fourth all-time. Even given the new engine Vettel had the pace of the field and managed his one-stop race untroubled to the flag.

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Vettel replaces Hamilton atop standings with Canada triumph