Lewis Hamilton relieved to finish Canadian Grand Prix

  • Lewis Hamilton relieved to finish Canadian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton relieved to finish Canadian Grand Prix

"I said yesterday that this place means a lot to Ferrari and to have a race like this is unbelievable".

"The chequered flag was shown a lap early because there was a miscommunication between the start platform and the guy that they call the starter, the guy that starts and finishes the races", he said. Hamilton has won the Canadian race six times, including the previous three. "I'm just happy. It was a great grand prix to win".

Fans witnessed history during Saturday afternoon qualifying, as Sebastian Vettel posted an outright track record lap time of one minute, 10.776 seconds to claim the pole position.

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. I think they peaked a bit early, but majority are men so it might happen.

"Perfect is probably a good way to describe it".

Red Bull's Max Verstappen, who dominated much of practice, turned in a mature, error-free effort to take third place and quiet the storm of criticism swirling around him following a string of errors and crashes, including one at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix with Ricciardo in April. He has a 14-point lead over Vettel and a 38-point edge on Ricciardo.

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. Bottas was first to blink on lap 37, Vettel following one lap later, both going to super-softs.

Victory in the 2018 Canadian GP gives Vettel the championship lead with 121 points to Hamilton's 120
Victory in the 2018 Canadian GP gives Vettel the championship lead with 121 points to Hamilton's 120

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, the 2014 Canadian GP victor, is coming off a victory two weeks ago in Monaco. "When we got to qualifying, honestly we knew it was going to be very close as it was, but in my heart, I truly feel like we had the pace to lock out the front row, or at least I had the pace to be on the front row".

"Their auto is fantastic and the engine, too".

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

The absolute dead silence from Fernando Alonso as his McLaren team instructed him to retire his auto in his 300th career F1 race was both poignant and strangely hilarious.

Behind the leaders, there was chaos when Williams's Canadian Lance Stroll squeezed Toro Rosso's Brendon Hartley into the wall.

Stroll, 19, was in is second Canadian GP.

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.