In a weekend at the height of his campaign, the German Sebastian Vettel made it clear that he wants his fifth title in the F1 by prevailing from end to end in the Canadian Grand Prix. The pilot of Ferrari not only was his 50th success in the Maximum, but went on to lead the tournament with a point advantage over the English Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes).
Vettel's dominance began as early as Saturday when he set pole position with a new record for the Canadian track. At the start he kept the lead and imposed a pace that none of his rivals could match in a race that began with the spectacular accident between the New Zealander. Brendon Hartley (Toro Rosso) and the local Lance stroll (Williams). In fact, he crossed the finish line more than seven seconds behind the Finn. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) and more than eight on the Dutch Max Verstappen (Red Bull).
“To have had a race like the one we had today is incredible. It was perfect", Vettel said. “My 50th victory matters to a certain extent, it matters the victory of Ferrari, which has not won here for a long time. In short, I am happy ", remarked the Quadruple, which allowed the Scuderia to celebrate again in Canada after 14 years since the last celebration dated from 2014 when his compatriot prevailed Michael Schumacher.
“Sebastian drove well, but he also had a great car. The boys did a great job since Thursday and this is the result ”, remarked Maurizio Arrivabene, head of the Italian team. “The championship is long and we are calm and calm. We seriously advance with the work. We want to write something nice, if we can and want. And we all want it "added the team-manager.
Hamilton, who had come to this race as the leader of the contest with 14 rental units over Vettel, had a weekend to forget and that was reflected in the final result. He made several mistakes in qualifying and started fourth, while in the race he was far from optimal performance because of his car's engine. In fact, he took advantage of the entrance to the pits to change the tires to cool it down and thus avoid overheating. It was at that moment that he lost the position to the Australian Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull). Undoubtedly, the current monarch must assimilate the defeat that came right in one of his favorite circuits and in which he won six times.
The Spanish Fernando Alonso, who was in his 300th race in F.1, had to abandon his McLaren due to technical problems on lap 43. “It has not been our weekend. But in two weeks we will try again "wrote Nano, who will also seek his rematch at the French GP that will return to the calendar after a decade.
THE RACE ENDED BEFORE BECAUSE OF A MODEL ERROR
A mistake of the model Winnie Harlow, which raised the box flag before the end of the GP, caused the stewards to determine that the race ended on lap 68, two before the scheduled 70.
Harlow was invited by the organization to mark the end of the test at the completion of lap 70. However, she did it two laps early. As explained "He just followed instructions."
GP winner Vettel said he was concerned about fans invading the track when he first saw the checkered flag. "I was worried. I was afraid that people would jump onto the track, waving flags and celebrating because we were still going at full speed ”, He explained.
RACE (68 laps)
1. Sebastian Vettel (ALE / Ferrari), 1h28m 31s377
2. Valtteri Bottas (FIN / Mercedes) at 07s376
3. Max Verstappen (HOL / Red Bull) at 08s360
4. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS / Red Bull) at 20s892
5. Lewis Hamilton (ING / Mercedes) at 21s559
6. Kimi Räikkönen (FIN / Ferrari) at 27s184
7. Nico Hülkenberg (ALE / Renault) 1 round.
8. Carlos Sainz (ESP / Renault) to 1 round.
9. Esteban Ocon (FRA / Force India) 1 round.
10. Charles Leclerc (MON / Sauber) 1 round.
AVERAGE: 200,997 km / h. LAP RECORD: Verstappen (65th) in 1m13s864 at 212,547 km / h. CHAMPIONSHIP: 1) Vettel, 121 points; 2) Hamilton, 120; 3) Bottas, 86; 4) Ricciardo, 84; 5) Raikkönen, 68; 6) Verstappen, 50; 7) Alonso and Hülkenberg, 32; 9) Sainz, 24; 10) Magnussen, 19. NEXT DATE: 24/06, French GP at Magny-Cours.