Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix preview

Canadian Grand Prix - Strategy guide

Canadian Grand Prix - Strategy guide

Vettel replied when told the year of Ferrari's last pole position in Canada.

And then taking a sweet victory and winning the Canadian GP for the first time since Schumacher did so in 2004.

The German left the field in his wake at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and crucially his world championship rival Lewis Hamilton could not mount any challenge to the Ferrari.

With Sebastian Vettel's dominant victory putting him back on top of the Formula 1 championship standings, Wolff appeared upset about the way things had played out on a track where Mercedes had been expected to dominate.

But Bottas and Hamilton may have been set back by the team's inability to get an updated engine ready in time for the race, while Ferrari and Red Bull both had new parts.

It is his third win this season, and a strong riposte after Ferrari failed to perform at their best in Spain and were beaten by Red Bull in Monaco.

Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz of Renault, Esteban Ocon of Force India and Charles Leclerc of Sauber also finished in the points.

After securing third on the grid for Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix Max Verstappen referenced the criticism which has followed him throughout 2018 so far. Vettel's lone pit stop on the 38th of 70 laps saw him emerge with a six-second lead.

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.

Vettel wasn't happy about the number of cars on track unaware of the drivers approaching them on a flying lap.

A steward's investigation found neither driver at fault. He earned his first Formula One points with a ninth-place finish at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve past year.

Fernando Alonso would have hoped to make Q3 in his 300th Grand Prix weekend, but he had to settle for P14 after finishing Q2 more than a second off the pace. With a new engine upgrade fitted to Vettel's auto this weekend, Ferrari was expected to be one of the favourites in Canada but Vettel was not happy with his performance after he was restricted to just 17 laps in second practice due to vehicle issues at the start of the session.

Before the race on Sunday, the auto Villeneuve used in 1978 will be driven by his 47-year-old son Jacques, the 1997 world champion, to lead the ceremonial parade lap.

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