Sebastian Vettel wins Canadian Grand Prix for 50th career victory

Sebastian Vettel wins Canadian Grand Prix for 50th career victory

Sebastian Vettel wins Canadian Grand Prix for 50th career victory

The German paid tribute for his team, noting Ferrari hadn't been able to win in Canada since Michael Schumacher took victory in 2004.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo, victorious in Monaco two weeks ago, was sixth in the second Red Bull as his team-mate Verstappen, who had been fastest throughout practice, continued to deliver a ideal riposte to his critics.

The Ferrari driver was back at his best in Montreal, doing enough to beat the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas and start at the front of the grid in Sunday's race, setting a best time of 1m10.764s.

His father won the Canadian Grand Prix the first year it was held on the track that was renamed Circuit Gilles Villeneuve after his death in a crash at the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix.

Stroll and Hartley's coming together saw the safety auto deployed but that was the extent of the drama.

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.

Hamilton is looking to equal Schumacher's record of seven career Canadian GP wins. "I am very happy with this weekend so far".

"Like every grand prix there's not one person to dedicate it to", said Vettel.

Vettel ended Q1 on top ahead of the Finn with Hamilton third, but it was tense for McLaren as twice former champion Fernando Alonso squeezed into Q2 at the end in 14th place ahead of team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne.

"We think it's a good tyre for us, and in the long run [in practice] I felt good on it", he explained.

"It will be interesting to see how it does in the start of the race, especially because Red Bull will start on the hypersoft".

"Today was a good day, the vehicle is working very well".

Räikkönen finished sixth, the Renault's of Nico Hülkenberg and Carlos Sainz in seventh and eighth.

The Spaniard now turns his attentions to the Le Mans 24 Hours race with Toyota next weekend.

New Zealander Brendon Hartley will start in 12th for Toro Rosso. He earned his first Formula One points with a ninth-place finish at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve a year ago.

"All I hope is that the people who saw him go around the track had the same emotions I lived again", she said. Even given the new engine Vettel had the pace of the field and managed his one-stop race untroubled to the flag.

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