Vettel Gives Ferrari 1st Canadian Grand Prix Win Since 2004, Hamilton Struggles In 5th Place Finish

Its been well over a decade since a Ferrari has won the prestigious Canadian Grand Prix. Michael Schumacher was the last to accomplish that feat in 2004. On Sunday, that 14 year drought ended with a win by Sebastian Vettel. The German earned his 54th career Formula One on Saturday then led flag to flag en route to his 50th career F1 victory.

It was his third win of the season but first since going back-to-back to start the 2018 year off in wins in Australia and Bahrain.

Since, Vettel has scored just one podium prior to Sunday’s triumph in his No. 5 Ferrari. Also, by virtue of his win and Lewis Hamilton’s weekend struggles, he takes over the points lead by one marker heading into the return to France in two weeks.

Hamilton, finished fifth in his No. 44 Mercedes for his worst finish on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve race track since a DNF in 2014. Since that retirement, he won the last three years and was searching to tie Schumacher for most wins on the track with seven.

Instead, he leaves with disappointment.

Ferrari brought an engine upgrade to the track this weekend and after a slower start than expected to the weekend, they picked up the pace when it mattered the most.

Valtteri Bottas finished second in his No. 77 Mercedes for his second runner-up effort in Canada and fourth straight podium finish in Montreal. He was bested by Vettel by 5.7-seconds although the checkered flag flew a lap early.

The duo and Kimi Raikkonen tried a one stop strategy and it worked brilliantly for the first two. Raikkonen fell to sixth after his stop and never made up any more ground.

Max Verstappen backed up a great weekend of practice with a podium finish in his No. 33 Red Bull Racing Renault. It was his first podium finish in Canada. His teammate Daniel Ricciardo earned a fourth place run in his No. 3 Red Bull entry.

The race was slowed early on for a scary first lap accident between Lance Stroll and Brendan Hartley. Stroll, came up on Hartley and the Toro Rosso driver had no where to go but the wall. His car briefly got airborne with contact with the wall then got airborne again when he and Stroll made contact for a second time when he came down from the wall.

Canadian Grand Prix Results

  1.  5 Vettel
  2. 77 Bottas
  3. 33 Verstappen
  4.  3 Ricciardo
  5. 44 Hamilton
  6.  7 Raikkonen
  7. 27 Hulkenberg -1
  8. 55 Sainz -1
  9. 31 Ocon -1
  10. 16 Leclerc R -1
  11. 10 Gasly R -1
  12.  8 Grosjean -1
  13. 20 Magnussen -1
  14. 11 Perez -1
  15.  9 Ericsson -2
  16.  2 Vandroone -2
  17. 35 Sirotkin R -2
  18. 14 Alonso OUT
  19. 28 Hartley R OUT
  20. 18 Stroll OUT

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