Sebastian Vettel says Ferrari's engine update was key to Canada victory

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Lewis Hamilton F1 news

But Bottas and Hamilton may have been set back by the team's inability to get an updated engine ready in time for the race, while Ferrari and Red Bull both had new parts.

Four-time world champion Hamilton has had six poles and six wins overall in Canada and arrived seeking a record-equalling seventh victory.

It was Ferrari's first win in Canada since 2004 and came from their first pole there in 17 years.

"Fortunately we had radio, fortunately I had the lap count in the vehicle and the pitboard was accurate - but if you lose radio and maybe the pitboard is not there, then you back off", said Vettel after notching his 50th career win.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen, who dominated much of practice, turned in a mature, error-free effort to take third place and quiet the storm of criticism swirling around him following a string of errors and crashes, including one at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix with Ricciardo in April.

Frenchman Esteban Ocon was ninth for Force India with Monaco's Charles Leclerc taking the final point for Sauber.

"Perfect is probably a good way to describe it".

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GETTYHamilton is one point behind Vettel in the world championship standings

"I don't think the Hypersoft is a good race tyre", the four-time world champion stated to Autosport. It means a lot.

"No big surprises. We thought that Ferrari and Mercedes were going to qualify on the Ultras".

Brazilian soccer great Pele famously reacted too late when Ferrari's Michael Schumacher won at Sao Paulo's Interlagos circuit in 2002, brandishing the flag instead as the later finishers appeared.

It's Vettel's fourth pole on the Ile Notre-Dame, and his first since 2013.

It was a short day for the lone Canadian as Stroll's Williams slid across the track and rammed New Zealander Brendon Hartley of Toro Rosso into a wall. Early on he told his team he was having "dropouts of power" from the vehicle, which was from the power unit running too hot in the first stint.

It was also won slightly early - model Winnie Harlow was mistakenly told to wave the chequered flag prematurely, bringing the race to a close. And a miscalculation that saw a race official waive the checkered flag when there was still one lap to go. "I could have had a DNF (did not finish)" which would have put him another 10 points behind Vettel, he said.

Fernando Alonso would have hoped to make Q3 in his 300th Grand Prix weekend, but he had to settle for P14 after finishing Q2 more than a second off the pace. "No power, no gears", said the Spaniard. He didn't reply even to the apology from his race engineer: "Sorry, mate". Eventually winning by 7.3 seconds, Vettel took the lead in the championship as Lewis Hamilton came home fifth. However, he refused to describe his 50th F1 victory as "easy'".


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