Sebastian Vettel runs away with his 50th career win in Canada
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News June 10, 2018 Updated: 6:56 PM PT
MONTREAL, Canada — Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel lead the way from start to finish to claim his 50th career victory at Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix. Vettel also gives Ferrari their first win in Montreal since the great Michael Schumacher’s last victory in 2004.
”This win is very important for our tifosi and for our team, today is a special day. 40 years ago Gilles won here, then 14 years ago it was Michael and I was thinking of that today,” Vettel said.
Vettel never looked back as he made full use of Ferrari's newly upgraded engine leaving over 6.0s between him and Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas who finished the race second.
Bottas and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen battled it out for second at the start of the race with Bottas fending off the Dutchman leaving him in third. The start of the race also saw some drama when Williams’ driver and hometown favorite Lance Stroll and Toro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley made heavy contact with each other on the exit of Turn 5.
Hartley and Stroll were fighting for position when the rear of Stroll’s car broke lose causing the Canadians car to slide into the side of Hartley’s Toro Rosso. Hartley’s car was seen riding up the barrier before the two cars went flying into the wall. The stewards took no further action in the incident.
Daniel Ricciardo finished fourth after holding off Lewis Hamilton who finished fifth after qualifying fourth but struggled with cooling issues that left him down on power.
After resolving the issue, Hamilton made a hard push to chase down Ricciardo through traffic in the closing laps, but his underpowered Mercedes was on the back foot compared to the Ferrari and Renault powered Red Bull after both cars received engine upgrades this weekend.
Hamilton did manage to hold off Kimi Raikkonen who finished sixth followed by the Renault pair of Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz in seventh and eighth. Esteban Ocon took the only points for Force India in ninth along with Sauber rookie Charles Leclerc, who grabbed his third points scoring finish this season, by finishing tenth.
Pierre Gasly finished just outside the points in 11th followed by Romain Grosjean for Haas in 12th. Sergio Perez finished 13th after losing ground when he made contact with Carlos Sainz at Turn 1.
Perez was forced to cut across the runoff and on to the grass before rejoining the track. Kevin Magnussen finished 14th in the second Haas.
Leclerc’s teammate Marcus Ericsson finished 15th followed by Stoffel Vandoorne who was the remaining McLaren after teammate Fernando Alonso, who looked set for a top ten finish, suffered a mechanical failure forcing him to retire on his 300th grand prix. Williams’ Sergey Sirotkin took the final place on the grid.
There was a checkered flag error at the end of the race, which was a result of a miscommunication between officials and celebrity guest model Winnie Harlow to wave the flag. The error resulted in the race ending two laps early but did not change the finishing order. F1 later clarified the error on social media taking responsibility for the mistake.
Vettel’s win gives him a one point lead ahead of Hamilton in the driver's championship. Formula One makes it's way to France for the return of the French Grand Prix in two weeks.