Vettel regains championship lead with crushing Canadian GP win

Vettel regains championship lead with crushing Canadian GP win

It feels like there are no better questions out there than keep asking me about what happened in the previous weekend.

It is a welcome return to form for Verstappen, who ahead of the weekend looked agitated in Thursday's press conference, half-joking that he "might headbutt" the next person to ask him about the series of crashes and incidents which have overshadowed his first six races.

Hamilton is looking to equal Schumacher's record of seven career Canadian GP wins.

The race continued in its holding pattern, with the leading Vettel, second-placed Valtteri Bottas and Raikkonen in third preserving their tires to guarantee a one-stop strategy.

He then shaved 0.012 seconds off that time on his second run using the hypersoft Pirellis to make sure of pole position.

Vettel's best lap time of one minute 10.776 seconds bested the record of 1:11.459 set previous year by Mercedes ace Lewis Hamilton.

Lewis Hamilton complained of intermittent power loss from fourth place, and with Daniel Ricciardo - who had jumped Kimi Raikkonen for fifth, bearing down on him, the Mercedes driver was recalled to the pits for an early tire change and to add some cooling to the auto. The Briton has won the last three on the track that seems to suit the Mercedes vehicle with its heavy braking after long straightaways and tight chicanes.

Red Bull, which starts on hyper-softs, will hope to mitigate that degradation in the opening stint, and on Friday appeared to be the only one of the top three teams capable of doing that successfully. He and Ferrari executed their race to perfection, took the lead in the title race and have left Hamilton and Mercedes with much to consider before racing resumes in France in a fortnight.

The decision by Mercedes and Ferrari to qualify on the ultra-soft tyre in Q2, and therefore start on that compound, is a clear indication that they will attempt a one-stop.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo was fourth for Red Bull, and denied the fastest lap by the early flag waving which meant that did not count.

"We were briefly talking about what we wanted to do, trying to figure everything out".

"With the long straights it's hard to fight for pole position".

Ricciardo starts on the third row with the second Ferrari driven by Kimi Raikkonen.

Hamilton will be eager to exact revenge over his Ferrari rival at the French Grand Prix.

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

The Finn said: "That was close, very close. It's a great result for all the team, but I think I could have been even faster".



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