Vettel wins the Canadian Grand Prix

  • 10 Jun 2018 21:44
  • comments 23
  • By: Paul Athes

Sebastian Vettel won the Canadian Grand Prix. The Ferrari driver dominated the race from start to finish, with no real opposition in the 70 laps event. The start of the Canadian race was very chaotic. In the first corners, Lance Stroll and Brendon Hartley had a massive shunt.

Both had do abandon the race, thankfully, with no further physical consequences. Immediately after the incident, the race was neutralized for several laps with a virtual safety car.

Unfortunately, after the race restarted the action was more or less uneventful. Lewis Hamilton complained about a lack of power. The reigning world champion raced for the rest of the race with a conservative strategy, to reduce the damage limitations.

Soon after Hamilton's problem, Alonso encountered once again a technical problem on his car and the Spaniard had to retire the car for the second race in a row.

The second half of the race was rather uneventful. The Red Bull and Mercedes battled from distance behind Vettel. In the end, Sebastian Vettel took the chequered flag and won his 50th Formula 1 Grand Prix.

Bottas and Verstappen completed the podium, while Ricciardo and Hamilton finished fourth and fifth, with Kimi Raikkonen sixth. Within the top ten we also had Nico Hulkenberg, Carlos Sainz Jr, Esteban Ocon and Charles Leclerc. 

As a consequence of the Canadian Grand Prix results, Sebastian Vettel regained the top spot in the Drivers Standings. The German has a total of 115 points, one more than Lewis Hamilton. The top three of the standings is completed by Daniel Ricciardo, who has managed to score 84 points so far in the first seven rounds of the 2018 season. In the Constructors Championship, Mercedes continues to lead ahead of Ferrari and Red Bull.

Formula 1 will be back in action at Paul Richard, the host of the French Grand Prix, which is set to return between 22-24 June after a ten years absence from the calendar.

 

Paul Athes

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  • xoya

    Posts: 312

    Wooooow! I apologize for everything I've said about Monaco GP. This was snore-fest galore.
    Race was over after the first corner and not just regarding the winner.
    Chequered flag that was waved prematurely was the most excitement I got from watching the race.

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    • Jun 10 2018 - 21:54
  • mbmwe36

    Posts: 533

    What a booooring race. It looked so good on paper though.

    Brilliant drive by Vettel, and Leclerc is a star in the making, what a performance by him - again!

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    • Jun 10 2018 - 21:59
  • Bottas did what they pay him for: His job is to let Vettel pass for the championship and defend his position only when it's a Red Bull. Good dog. The pattern keeps repeating, it should become obvious even for the dumbest f1 fans.

    Ricciardo was very predictable too. He has simply no race pace. If nothing happens to Max, he stays behind and falls asleep. Not that he isn't quick. Max is just faster.

    F1 is dead.

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    • Jun 10 2018 - 22:15
    • Major Tom

      Posts: 151

      Or maybe Ricardo didn't much care to test Max's new 'maturacy' by attempting to pass him.

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      • Jun 11 2018 - 10:48
    • "Ricciardo has no race pace"... Uhm... He does. I mean, looking back at so many other races he quite literally have both pace and consistency.

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      • Jun 11 2018 - 10:58
    • Major Tom - he made a 10s gap in case Max comes closer? He even qualified behind, to keep a few cars between? Thanks for the explanation. Now everything is clear.

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      • Jun 11 2018 - 20:33
    • "He does. I mean, looking back at so many other races he quite literally have both pace and consistency."

      Maybe I was watching a different formula. In the dimension I live, Ricciardo usually falls behind Verstappen if both don't have any problems. He has no race pace compared to Max. When he is not outqualified, Max overtakes him at the start.
      Riccardo is quicker than Vettel and Hamilton, but Verstappen is on another level.

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      • Jun 11 2018 - 20:35
    • Maybe you have, because he has been pretty much always been very competitive.

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      • Jun 11 2018 - 20:56
    • Also pace doesnt matter if Ver continues to be as inconsistent as he has been historically.

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      • Jun 11 2018 - 20:57
  • Kean

    Posts: 474

    Not very exciting, was it. Not at the front. Leclerc on the other hand impresses yet again, he's putting pressure on Ferrari to sign him for 2019, that kid does not need another learning year at Sauber. Also impressed by Gasly, Ocon and of course Vettel for winning. And the RBR boys did well, Ricciardo managed to finish ahead of both Rai and Ham.

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    • Jun 10 2018 - 22:30
    • Major Tom

      Posts: 151

      I agree that both Leclerc and Gasly look like excellent drivers but the most interesting thing about drivers was Vettel, who looked like he has just woken-up after a 9 race doze. Quick, no mistakes and comprehensively beat his team mate.

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      • Jun 11 2018 - 10:53
  • Dreadful race. Top 5 worst races I have watched in the last 25 years. Vettel cruising like when he was a RB. Bottas showing again why he will never be WDC. Alonso being again dissapointed by his car. Hamilton driving another mediocre race.

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    • Jun 10 2018 - 22:47
    • mcbhargav

      Posts: 886

      Alonso deserves a top car. But, a top team doesn't deserve a player like Alonso. What an irony.

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      • Jun 11 2018 - 01:46
    • We could make that into a drinking game, methinks. One shot every time Alonso retires due to techincal problems, one shot when Vettel steamrolls in p1, one shot when Hammy complains about "poor strategy", two shots when a Sauber is in the points. I woulda ended up hammered last night with rules like those.

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      • Jun 11 2018 - 10:01
  • This time I will join the booing with a resounding 'meh'. Happy for Vettel, but this race was a snarkaton. The only event this race was Hartley's and Stroll's little trip to the sandbox, which was most unfortunate, mind. I sincerely think points were on the table for STR, and thats sorta surprising on this track IMO. And as others have already said, great performances from Ocon, Gasly and Leclerc. Get that bloke into the Ferrari next year, will ya?

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    • Jun 10 2018 - 23:12
    • Also, McLaren. McLaren...McLaren... McLaren... One driver at the back of the field, the other, more competitive driver retiring with engine issues. I dont get it...

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      • Jun 10 2018 - 23:14
  • RogerF1

    Posts: 367

    There is an advantage after all of around half of the races not being free to air in the UK, I got plenty of gardening finished including a snooze under the dappled shade of the cherry tree. More relaxing than falling asleep in front of the tv. From comments above doubt I’ll be watching the “recorded hjghlights” that is on tv now! Recorded would seemingly be the correct part of statement above. Why, why, why are none of these top six guys pushing the boat out? It’s like they’re sleep walking to the end of the season. Poor BBC radio 5 live reporters were apologising for nothing exciting to report - except the chequered flag at the start of the last lap. Maybe that should have been at the end of the 1st lap?

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    • Jun 10 2018 - 23:46
    • Sounds like a really pleasant evening! I for one have been nailed to my PC screen all day, doing nothing but playing Dark Souls and F1 2017 (and by the way, 3 P1s with McLaren Honda so far! What excuse do you have now Alonso?! ;). But yeah, it wasnt a bad bad race, but it was really just so lacking in terms of events. Not at all what I expected.

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      • Jun 11 2018 - 00:06
  • Bhurt

    Posts: 320

    They really would be very environmentally friendly if they only raced for 1 lap. The other 67 laps generated nothing of value anyway.

    Since he hasn't gotten a mention yet I'll give some props to Grosjean for a good drive.

    I have no idea what Sauber and McLaren were thinking when they pitted on lap 1 (unless those cars had damage but I didn't see any of them getting into any situations). Basically just forfeiting the race a few corners in. Smart move.

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    • Jun 11 2018 - 07:52
  • Major Tom

    Posts: 151

    This was weird! So amazingly close in qualifying but then so processional in the race. I was convinced that with the close times in qually and the Canadian circuit (which normally produces great races) we were going to have the best race of the season so far. What happened?

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    • Jun 11 2018 - 10:46
    • boudy

      Posts: 1,067

      The tyres are too hard, Pirelli should have gone softer again. They could do 50+ laps on one set of tyres.

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      • Jun 11 2018 - 15:59
  • mcbhargav

    Posts: 886

    Mighty impressed by Leclerc. Hope he might get promoted to Haas in 2019, and then to Ferrari in 2021.

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    • Jun 11 2018 - 17:17
    • mbmwe36

      Posts: 533

      HAAS would basically be a lateral move. Probably a one for season at Sauber where he can get comfortable, and then it's on to Ferrari in 2020. Maybe Ferrari will fast track him, and put him in the car next year, but I think that could be detrimental for him, and strictly speaking he is currently not needed at Ferrari, because Raikkonen is doing well.

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      • Jun 11 2018 - 18:04

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