F1 to review procedures after early flag in Canada

Ferrari F1 ace Sebastian Vettel on pole with record lap at Canadian Grand Prix

Ferrari F1 ace Sebastian Vettel on pole with record lap at Canadian Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel said immediately after winning the Canadian Grand Prix that it had been a "perfect" race - but he could have gone further and claimed it was a flawless weekend.

Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes was second followed by the Red Bulls' Max Verstappen and Daniel Riciardo, the victor two weeks ago in Monaco.

Mercedes, whose race pace looked the strongest of all on Friday, could not compete.

Cue some serious work overnight, both in Montreal and at Ferrari's Maranello base with reserve driver Antonio Giovinazzi putting in the miles in the simulator.

The Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas will also start in the front row. "He just ran me out of road", said the luckless Hartley.

The nature of the power-sensitive Circuit Gilles Villeneuve meant Mercedes arrived in Montreal as favourites, although the decision to delay its engine upgrade until the next race in France appeared to swing the initiative back in Ferrari's direction.

Speaking about the incident, Stroll said: "I was side-by-side with Brendon going into Turn 5, the auto got loose on me and I corrected it, but there was not much room for both of us". Doesn't matter where I start on the grid I don't look at any driver and think: "I might lose to that person". "I am incredibly grateful it kept going".

"I'm sure the next couple of days it will get more and more painful because ultimately it was a poor weekend, but it could be a lot worse". Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen crossed the line 8.3 seconds after Vettel to claim the third spot on the podium.

Luckily, this mistake had no bearing on the final result, with only the fastest lap going to Verstappen rather than Ricciardo, but it's safe to say fans weren't impressed.

It was left to Bottas to chase Vettel, who made a clean getaway from the start, with Verstappen nearly passing the Finn before the order settled down.

"You've got the Red Bulls that every now and then are in the mix".

"Our auto wasn't good enough, so I won't get too upset".

Kimi Raikkonen was sixth ahead of the two Renault cars with Nico Hulkenberg leading home Carlos Sainz Jr.

New Zealand driver Brendon Hartley crashed out early driving for Toro Rosso after he was invloved in a collision with Williams driver Lance Stroll in the opening lap of the race. Both cars were badly damaged but the drivers were uninjured.

"We need it definitely", Bottas said." showed that we are not quick enough. The two ran side-by-side on the run up to the second chicane, but Stroll broke loose and, upon correcting his FW41 chassis, drifted right into Hartley.

McLaren's Fernando Alonso chalked up 300 career grands prix but the Spaniard had little to celebrate as the two-time world champion's day came to an early end, his McLaren coasting to a stop midway through the race with a mechanical failure.

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