Montreal and the Canadian GP have not been going Ferrari’s way for a long time – with Mercedes usually stamping their dominance at the track. But this time around Ferrari, who came to town with an engine update, saw Sebastian Vettel win. Lewis Hamilton’s early power issues in the race put him out of contention for the podium and Ferrari have regained a sliver thin lead in the championship standings.
Vettel not only managed to master the new power equation early, he brought in some blistering qualifying times that put him on pole, leaving Valterri Bottas to fend off the charge of Max Verstappen going into the first corner. However a crash between Lance Stroll in his Williams and Brendan Hartley’s Toro Rosso saw both retire, the safety car come out and at the restart Vettel built up a gap to the two following cars.
Hamilton’s troubles kicked in and he was brought in despite his ultrasoft tyres – with his cooling issues fixed he found himself back in the race in fifth.
From that point the race settled into an almost monotonous convoy, with Bottas trying to close the gap up to Vettel and then fending off Verstappen. The race ended with these three on the podium, followed by Ricciardo, Hamilton and Raikkonen. With a 50th title, Vettel joins an illustrious group of drivers, while Alonso’s landmark 300th race ended with a retirement due to mechanical issues.
Vettel said, post race, ”This win is very important for our tifosi and for our team, today is a special day. 40 years ago Gilles won here, then 14 years ago it was Michael and I was thinking of that today. At the start I tried to build up a margin, I was happy with my first lap and then the safety car came out and I had to start over again. During my last 10 laps I prayed that my car would not develop a problem until the end! Points are always important but today this win means a lot and not just in terms of Championship. The season is still so long and there are many races ahead. The main thing is that our car is strong and stays like that, so that we can fight.”
2018 Formula 1 Drivers
|Car No||Name||Team||2018 season||2017 season|
|3||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull Racing||118||200|
|33||Max Verstappen||Red Bull Racing||105||168|
|11||Sergio Perez||Force India||30||100|
|31||Esteban Ocon||Force India||29||87|
|10||Pierre Gasly||Toro Rosso||26||0|
|28||Brendan Hartley||Toro Rosso||2||0|
2018 Formula 1 Teams
|Team||2018 season||2017 season|
|Red Bull Racing||223||368|
|Force India Mercedes||59||187|
|Toro Rosso Honda||28||53|
2018 Formula 1 Races
|Hungary||29/07/2018||Lewis Hamilton||Sebastian Vettel||Kimi Raikkonen|
|Germany||22/07/2018||Lewis Hamilton||Valtteri Bottas||Kimi Raikkonen|
|Britain||08/07/2018||Sebastian Vettel||Lewis Hamilton||Kimi Raikkonen|
|Austria||01/07/2018||Max Verstappen||Kimi Raikkonen||Sebastian Vettel|
|France||24/06/2018||Lewis Hamilton||Max Verstappen||Kimi Raikkonen|
|Canada||10/06/2018||Sebastian Vettel||Valtteri Bottas||Max Verstappen|
|Monaco||27/05/2018||Daniel Ricciardo||Sebastian Vettel||Lewis Hamilton|
|Spain||13/05/2018||Lewis Hamilton||Valtteri Bottas||Max Verstappen|
|Azerbaijan||29/04/2018||Lewis Hamilton||Kimi Raikkonen||Sergio Perez|
|China||15/04/2018||Daniel Ricciardo||Valtteri Bottas||Kimi Raikkonen|
|Bahrain||04/04/2018||Sebastian Vettel||Valtteri Bottas||Lewis Hamilton|
|Australia||25/03/2018||Sebastian Vettel||Lewis Hamilton||Kimi Raikkonen|