Vettel wins in Canada to overtake Hamilton in standings


Vettel set a new lap record for the Circuit Gille Villeneuve on his way to his 54th career pole in Formula 1. From the number of red flags with the prancing pony logo, the Italian squad remains the clear favourite in the grandstands.

The win is Vettel's 50th and only his second in Canada, after his 2013 triumph at the event.

The Ferrari driver insisted that he hadn't been "sandbagging" in the previous practice sessions, and said he was delighted that everything had suddenly clicked in qualifying.

"I don't know, I haven't seen much of the times of the others so it's hard to read yet".

"I think it was just a combination of things", he admitted.

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.

Sebastian Vettel ended up snatching pole from Valtteri Bottas on Saturday and then turned in a comfortable performance to win the grand prix on Sunday, taking the championship lead from Lewis Hamilton in the process.

"Pole position is always important", said Vettel. Daniel Ricciardo took the chequered flag in fourth ahead of Hamilton with Kimi Raikkonen sixth for Ferrari.

His engine was six races old but Hamilton would have expected better.

The semi-permanent track combines long straights with tight chicanes and each team sets up their auto to maximize straight line speed, although the cars also need to deliver a good ride over the relatively tall curbs.

Hamilton's Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas tailed Vettel the entire way after fighting off Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen off the start, but Bottas never got almost close enough to mount a challenge, though he did come home a solid second. We didn't this weekend, but I'm really going to make sure I come back stronger in the next race.

Defending four-time champion Briton Hamilton finished fifth, extending his run of points-scoring finishes to a record 32 races, but he slipped a point behind German Vettel in the title race.

From pre-season testing, through Monaco and right up to yesterday morning, Mercedes have steadfastly avoided using the hypersoft tyre introduced by Pirelli this season.

"We knew that, in general, we're lacking power, so we just try to compensate with that", said Verstappen. "But we have to say that Ferrari's auto, as a package, is unbelievable".

"Ferrari ultimately have had a slightly better package".

Vettel sees another chance to honour the memory of Gilles Villeneuve, who died in a crash at the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix, with a Ferrari win.

"It's unbelievable", said Vettel afterwards.

"It was a bit different, it was a bit mixed today so I'm not entirely happy with the feel inside the vehicle yet".

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