Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Peel Street buzzing with excitement on eve of Canadian Grand Prix

Peel Street buzzing with excitement on eve of Canadian Grand Prix

The four-time world champion will start tomorrow's race on the Ultrasoft tyres for the race after setting his fast lap in qualifying two on the purple set.

"Some of the marshals were already celebrating", he said.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo, who clocked the fastest lap at the end, managed to resist a late charge from Hamilton in the closing laps and retain fourth place ahead of the Englishman who extended his record points-scoring run to 32 races. With 20 laps remaining, Hamilton began to find a rhythm to move within a second of Ricciardo while Bottas, at the front, trimmed Vettel's lead to 3.8 seconds.

With the victory, Vettel took a one-point lead over Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton in the Formula One standings.

His engine was six races old but Hamilton would have expected better.

"I need to go deeper and deeper into this of course, but it seems no-one really knew".

Nobody had an answer for Vettel's pace as the top three finished in grid order, with Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas fighting off a brief challenge by Red Bull's Max Verstappen at the start, before settling into second place, where he finished.

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.

"Ferrari ultimately have had a slightly better package".

The only other retirement besides Stroll and Hartley was McLaren's Fernando Alonso who reported a loss of power due to an exhaust problem and was forced to garage his auto - a disappointing end to the Spaniard's 300th race.

Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz of Renault, Esteban Ocon of Force India and Charles Leclerc of Sauber also finished in the points. Both cars were badly damaged but the drivers were uninjured.

While Vettel made a clean getaway from the start, with Verstappen nearly passing Bottas, there was chaos behind when Williams' Canadian Lance Stroll squeezed Toro Rosso's Brendon Hartley into the wall.

"With the improvements we made for this weekend, mostly on the power unit, introducing a new engine helped us around this track probably a bit more than other tracks, but it was a team effort".

Verstappen's podium was his second of the year, and it eases some of the pressure he has felt with a series of mistakes that cost him and the Red Bull team in Azerbaijan and Monaco.

It was also a short day for Stroll, a Montreal native who locked up with Hartley heading into Turn 5 on the first lap. The Spaniard was forced out with engine trouble after 42 laps.

Fernando Alonso's F1 future remains unclear after he retired from his 300th Grand Prix before making his Le Mans debut this week.

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