Vettel wins in Canada to overtake Hamilton in standings

Vettel wins in Canada to overtake Hamilton in standings

For the first time since 2014, Mercedes were beaten at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve with Sebastian Vettel never appearing to be under serious threat as the Ferrari driver won the race to retake the lead of the Drivers' Championship from Lewis Hamilton. But the number that will matter to Vettel is the one-point advantage he leaves Canada with.

Mercedes were first out in Q3 and smashed the records, Bottas topping Hamilton in 1:10.857 before Vettel beat that.

He then shaved 0.012 seconds off that time on his second run using the hypersoft Pirellis to make sure of pole position.

It was enough for Vettel to leap over Hamilton to reclaim the lead in the drivers' championship by a single point, but it wasn't enough to produce much in the way of competition.

The world champion was struggling with engine temperatures in the first part of the race, which forced Mercedes into an earlier than planned pit stop for fresh tyres so they could add more cooling to the vehicle.

The race was deservedly Vettel's.

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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. The Spaniard was forced out with engine trouble after 42 laps.

"Yeah I'm fine", Hartley told his team.

Sadly, in terms of excitement on the track, this year's race peaked right there, with the collision between Stroll and Hartley. Forty years after Gilles won his Grand Prix here, I think it's great to show that Ferrari's still alive, winning races.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo, victorious in Monaco two weeks ago, was sixth in the second Red Bull as his team-mate Verstappen, who had been fastest throughout practice, continued to deliver a flawless riposte to his critics. It's a three-way fight, six cars can win races and you can't take anything for granted. Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull have dominated the field this season. The Force India of Esteban Ocon was ninth, with Charles Leclerc's Sauber coming home in 10th.

Räikkönen finished sixth, the Renault's of Nico Hülkenberg and Carlos Sainz in seventh and eighth.

Another veteran, Fernando Alonso, was setting a different kind of record with his eighth retirement in Montreal, more than he has suffered at any other track - and that in his 300th Grand Prix weekend appearance, a bitter pill for the competitive Spaniard.

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