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Vettel wins Canadian Grand Prix for 50th career victory

11 June 2018

But in an impassioned response to complaints about the lack of overtaking during the grand prix, Vettel said the occasional uneventful race in F1 was as inevitable as an uneventful contest in every other sporting sphere.

But it was a decision Red Bull made earlier in the session, in Q2, to complete their best lap on the Hypersoft tyre and not the more durable Ultrasoft, which Ferrari and Mercedes had on their cars, which confused Vettel as it means both Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo will use that compound in the first stint.

Despite that, his win saw him move narrowly ahead of Lewis Hamilton in the championship standings and continued the back-and-forth nature of the 2018 season between Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull, which have all won at least two races. Max Verstappen was third and the other Red Bull auto, driven by Daniel Ricciardo, was fourth.

Hamilton acknowledges Ferrari has the stronger package at the moment but he is confident of bouncing back in the coming rounds with Mercedes' upgraded power unit set to debut in the next round in France.

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Kimi Raikkonen in the other Ferrari and Monaco victor Daniel Ricciardo are in the third row.

"40 years after Gilles, it's great to show Ferrari is still alive and winning races", said Vettel.

Canadian Lance Stroll had a tough time in his home race, with the Williams driver involved in a first lap clash with Toro Rosso's Brendon Hartley.

The race was deservedly Vettel's.

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The pair fought over the position race long, but with even pace, Hamilton had no way past the Australian and settled for fifth. "To have a race like we have today is unbelievable".

40 years after Gilles Villeneuve won his home race for Ferrari, his son Jacques drove his vehicle around the Montreal circuit before the race. He was able to match Ricciardo, who finished fourth, and chased him down but with a one-stop race, tyre management to the fore and the difficulty the current cars present in closing he was - as were all of the front six - forced into what proved to be a procession. Räikkönen finished sixth, the Renault's of Nico Hülkenberg and Carlos Sainz in seventh and eighth.

It was a dismal race for McLaren, their worst performance of the season and raised concerns their claims of making progress with the vehicle are not coming to fruition.

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Behind the Renaults, Force India's Esteban Ocon took ninth and Sauber's Charles Leclerc the final point in another impressive performance by the Monegasque rookie. Formula 1 next heads to the Circuit Paul Ricard in two weeks for the return of the French Grand Prix on June 24. Another tight and unpredictable battle is expected.

Vettel wins Canadian Grand Prix for 50th career victory