Vettel wins in Canada to overtake Hamilton in standings

  • Vettel wins in Canada to overtake Hamilton in standings

Vettel wins in Canada to overtake Hamilton in standings

Mercedes' championship leader Lewis Hamilton, chasing a record equalling seventh Canadian Grand Prix win, was fourth best ahead of his Ferrari championship rival Sebastian Vettel and team mate Valtteri Bottas.

Vettel improved to a 1m 10.764s with his final hot lap to claim pole position, his 54th in F1, with Bottas securing a front row start alongside him.

This weekend is round seven of the 2018 Formula 1 World Championship, which takes us to Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, home of the Canadian Grand Prix.

Finn Kimi Raikkonen finished sixth in the second Ferrari.

While Vettel made a clean getaway from the start, with Verstappen nearly passing Bottas, there was chaos behind when Williams' Canadian Lance Stroll squeezed Toro Rosso's Brendon Hartley into the wall.

Hamilton, fourth at the time, headed into the pit lane on lap 16 of this 70-lap race, but the early change of tyres allowed Ricciardo to usurp the Mercedes auto. "I told them I don't think the race is over yet", said Vettel, who confirmed on the counter in his vehicle and with his team that he had only completed 69 of the scheduled 70 laps.

Hartley crashed out early at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve after an opening lap collision.

"From the start all of a sudden I was down on power and my engine was saying it was over temperature and I couldn't get the temperatures down". We are still in the fight for the race win but it is a three-team fight and Red Bull will make things interesting by starting on the hypersofts. If he keeps this form up, it's going to be hard for Ferrari to ignore its talented junior driver when considering the line-up of the senior team.

"Today we're not the favourites", Vettel said. But I just struggled in the session and wasn't able to pull it through.

"I think I was a bit in trouble after Friday practice, but I guess I woke up the right way today". He also won it in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

"We're happy that we qualified on the UltraSoft tyre in Q2, I think it's the right choice for our auto". Grosjean will likely start the race at the back of the grid.

"The first few laps will dictate a lot of the race, but also if we can really manage to go well in the first stint with the hypers, if we could pull it off, then it sets us up later in the race".

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.