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Sebastian Vettel wins the Canadian GP in dominating fashion

Sebastian Vettel fails to achieve a Grand Chelem in Canada but flies away from Noth America as the new championship leader and as the man who ended Ferrari's 14-year winless streak. Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen join him on the podium.

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Sebastian Vettel wins the Canadian GP in dominating fashion
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Sebastian Vettel ends Ferrari's 14-year winless draught in Canada in style. The German driver, thanks to his 50th career win, is now the leader of the world championship by 1 point over Lewis Hamilton. Valtteri Bottas claimed the second spot of the podium, resisting to Max Verstappen last-minute attack. Daniel Ricciardo thwarted Vettel's Grand Chelem assault by setting the fastest lap of the race.

Sebastian Vettel successfully kept the leadership of the race at the start, as Max Verstappen tried to sneak into P2 but Valtteri Bottas muscled his way out to keeping his starting position against the vehement Dutchman.

The Safety Car was deployed at the end of the first lap, after Lance Stroll and Brendon Hartley were involved in a big shunt. The New Zealander was squeezed into the wall by the Williams driver who claimed he lost the car due to a puncture.

The race resumed at the 5 lap of 70. Vettel started opening up a gap on Bottas and Verstappen, as Sainz and Perez collided but without any major consequences. The Mexican ran off and joined the field in P14 after Sainz had closed the door rather aggressively.

Lewis Hamilton has struggled since the opening stages of the race and the pit wall later confirmed the Briton had to deal with a power unit issue. The Mercedes driver anonymously lapped in 4th ahead of Daniel Ricciardo and a fatigued Kimi Raikkonen. Both Verstappen and Hamilton pitted on lap 17, exiting the pitlane on SuperSofts.

As Vettel stayed out hammering with 1’15’’s, Daniel Ricciardo managed to gain the position over Hamilton through his pit stop due to the fact that the Briton had lost over a second while rejoining the track. Five laps later Hamilton seemed to have caught the Australian but had a hard time keeping up.

Vettel, Bottas and Raikkonen opted for a one-stopper: the Ferrari #7 driver went in at the 33rd lap but failed to be clear of Hamilton, whereas Valtteri Bottas changed tyres 4 laps later. Sebastian Vettel’s pit wall reacted straight after Bottas’ stop and managed to maintain the lead, working his way towards achieving a Grand Chelem.

Fernando Alonso lost drive during the 43rd lap and had to retire the car, after the team detected an exhaust problem. The Spaniard ends his 300th F1 Grand Prix with a crushing DNF. Shortly after, Romain Grosjean finally stopped at the 48th lap, as Haas decided to emulate the one-stopper strategy of the frontrunners but inexplicably took the first stint much further.

Sebastian Vettel started struggling on the SS tyres, but Valtteri Bottas lost over a second as he ran wide and was no longer able to bounce back from that fault. In the meantime, Lewis Hamilton had closed in on Daniel Ricciardo but once again failed to get hold of him despite being in the DRS range.

As the race came towards an end, Bottas faced a massive tyre performance drop and Max Verstappen quickly glued himself to the rear of the Mercedes but the Finn endured to end in P2. Daniel Ricciardo missed out to the podium in P4 ahead of Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen.

The best of the rest was Nico Hulkenberg along with his teammate Carlos Sainz. Renault imperiously imposed itself as the top midfielder by beating Force India's Ocon. Alfa Sauber rookie Charles Leclerc shines bright in P10, having started from the 13th spot.

Pierre Gasly climbed up to 11th after starting last and taking advantage of the three DNFs that occurred in this race. Romain Grosjean followed in P12 ahead of a battered Sergio Perez. Stoffel Vandoorne finished second last, having suffered all race long starting with an early contact with Ericsson.

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