Sebastian Vettel wins Canadian Grand Prix to retake F1 championship lead

Sebastian Vettel wins Canadian Grand Prix to retake F1 championship lead

"I'm happy for them".

WATCH BELOW: Montreal-born racer Lance Stroll gives us a look ahead at what he's expecting from this weekend's big F1 race.

Hamilton is looking to equal Schumacher's record of seven career Canadian GP wins.

Vettel managed to place a 1:10.764s on his final run in qualifying to beat Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen in the race for pole, with the German saying starting on the front row in Canada is special for the Italian team.

"With the start we had, with the race we had, there was nothing more we could do", said Bottas, who has finished second four times this season, but hasn't yet won.

The title race remains finely balanced but Ferrari will take great encouragement from victory at a circuit where Mercedes have been dominant, with Hamilton taking pole and winning for the last three years in Montreal. The Briton has won the last three on the track that seems to suit the Mercedes auto with its heavy braking after long straightaways and tight chicanes.

His latest practice crash in Monaco put Verstappen at the back of the grid, and left him facing calls from Red Bull team boss Christian Horner to rethink his approach.

Now there is also a huge gap between the top six (Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull) and the rest of the field - a gap that was up to almost a full minute Sunday with a dozen laps to go.

But Hamilton, so often the master here in Montreal, had to settle for fifth on a weekend to forget for the defending champion and his team.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, the 2014 Canadian GP victor, is coming off a victory two weeks ago in Monaco.

"We were briefly talking about what we wanted to do, trying to figure everything out". "But it showed in Monaco that we have a great auto".

Daniel Ricciardo took the chequered flag in fourth ahead of Hamilton with Kimi Raikkonen sixth for Ferrari.

"Today we switched on".

After 20-some strolls down to the Senna corner to watch the cars come through on that first lap, I can tell you there is nearly nothing like seeing them barrel down the straightaway, brake down nearly to a standstill through the chicane and then seemingly leap up and out of sight around the bend.

Since I first began covering the race, we've been talking about the problems with overtaking, the way drivers tended to lock in to certain places and hold them for the duration. But the Finn says that it's the race strategy that could prove the decisive factor.

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