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15 June, 2018, 06:45 | Author: Hannah Francis
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"The celebrity was not to blame", FIA race director Charlie Whiting said.

Winnie Harlow was caught in a storm.

Valtteri Bottas did well to finish second, while it was a much-needed quiet afternoon for Max Verstappen, following his series of accidents.

Sebastian Vettel's 50th career victory in the Canadian Grand Prix Sunday saw him replace Lewis Hamilton at the top of the championship standings to cap an emotional day for the Ferrari team. "Of course we strive for perfection but fortunately, there was no harm done as far as it affected the result".

It was a dominant pole to checkered flag win on the Gilles Villeneuve circuit, named in memory of the former Ferrari legend, who claimed his first Grand Prix victory in Montreal 40 years ago to the day.

Mercedes has been off the pace the past two races.

Indeed Vettel now leads Hamilton by one point after the British driver was left to rue a Mercedes engine problem as he finished an underwhelming fifth.




"I'm sure the next couple of days it will get more and more painful because ultimately it was a poor weekend, but it could be a lot worse".

"However, in the two races we have lost 18 points so we have definitely fallen behind a little bit in that respect".

When asked if he has any concerns this year's auto might not be good enough to win the championship, Hamilton replied: "I don't let that get into my mind, no". I'm still here to win and still believe that we can.

But Vettel says it is inevitable that some races will be more uneventful than others, and delivered a staunch defence of excitement levels in F1.

Hamilton is confident of a revival. "We got Kimi on the start and then a nice overcut on Lewis, so I think we did everything we could". I've got the complete confidence in my guys and I am putting that energy towards them. It doesn't matter where I start on the grid, I don't look at any driver and say, 'I might lose to that person.' I think, 'How can I beat them? The German arrived in Montreal without a win in his last four races, but, after edging out Valtteri Bottas for pole and beating the Mercedes auto off the starting line, he did not put a foot wrong and was thoroughly deserving of Ferrari's first win at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for 14 years. I am going to keep doing that until I die. Hopefully when you guys are writing stories, I think previous year there was, oh Mercedes has the best auto and all those different things and ultimately I think we did the better job...

Mercedes were never in the victory equation, having not got engine updates ready in time for the race, while Ferrari and Red Bull both had new parts.

"It's probably the first time in a while that we have gained really good team points so it's a good weekend from that perspective and also good for Max", said Ricciardo.

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