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Sport Vettel takes 50th win and F1 championship lead in Canada

02:30  11 june  2018
02:30  11 june  2018 Source:   reuters.com

Vettel takes Ferrari's first Canada pole since 2001

  Vettel takes Ferrari's first Canada pole since 2001 <p>Sebastian Vettel handed Ferrari their first Canadian Grand Prix pole position since Michael Schumacher in 2001 on Saturday while Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton qualified fourth for Mercedes.</p>Vettel, 14 points behind the Briton, will start from the front for the fourth time at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve after setting a track record of one minute 10.764 seconds on a sunny afternoon.

Hamilton had been hoping for a record seventh Canadian Grand Prix pole, at the track where he took his first win in 2007, but instead was out-qualified by Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas who joined Vettel on the front row.

He leads Vettel by 14 points. Mercedes are 22 points ahead of Ferrari in the constructors’ championship . Fernando Alonso, Ricciardo, Raikkonen and Vettel are also previous winners in Canada . Vettel can take his 50 th win on Sunday.

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Sebastian Vettel capped an emotional weekend for Ferrari with a clinical pole-to-flag win at the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday to retake the lead in the Formula One world championship from Mercedes's Lewis Hamilton by a single point.

The victory was the 50th of the German's career and left him on 121 points to Hamilton's 120 after seven races, with the Briton coming home fifth.

In a bizarre ending to the race, and to Vettel's consternation, the chequered flag was waved a lap early by model Winnie Harlow.

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  One race, two chequered flags: Vettel blasts Canadian GP gaffe Sebastian Vettel revealed Sunday that he was concerned about the dangers of a possible track invasion when the chequered flag was waved prematurely before he won the Canadian Grand Prix. The flag was waved by model Winnie Harlow who said she was just "following instructions", but it meant the result of the race was decided by the positions at the end of lap 68 instead of lap 70.Vettel said he realised what had happened on the penultimate lap and sent a radio message to try and help avoid confusion.

Sebastian Vettel wins Canadian GP to retake lead in world title battle, with Lewis Hamilton fifth as chequered flag waved too early. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel dominated the Canadian Grand Prix to retake the championship lead as Lewis Hamilton could finish only fifth for Mercedes.

Monaco. Canada . See all races. Drivers. Lewis Hamilton took another seven points out of Nico Rosberg’s championship lead on Sunday with a superb win over his Verstappen had always been in podium contention, but it was Vettel who took over the lead after Rosberg pitted to switch from

a man holding a sign: Formula One F1 - Canadian Grand Prix© REUTERS/Carlo Allegri Formula One F1 - Canadian Grand Prix "Tell them not to wave the flag when it's not done," the Ferrari driver said over the radio.

The victory put Ferrari back on top in Canada for the first time since seven-times world champion Michael Schumacher claimed the last of his record seven wins on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in 2004.

a man holding a sign: Formula One F1 - Canadian Grand Prix© REUTERS/Carlo Allegri Formula One F1 - Canadian Grand Prix Putting Ferrari on pole in Montreal for the first time since 2001 with a track record time, Vettel had powered into the lead and was never challenged as he charged home seven seconds clear of Mercedes's Valtteri Bottas.

It was the German's third win of the season and second in Canada, the first coming in 2013 with Red Bull.

Verstappen dominates Canadian GP practice

  Verstappen dominates Canadian GP practice Daniel Ricciardo is third-fastest after the first two practice sessions at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.Verstappen's teammate, Australian Daniel Ricciardo, ran third in practice, with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen between them.

Motor racing: Vettel takes Ferrari’s first Canada pole since 2001. Hamilton had been hoping for a record seventh Canadian Grand Prix pole, at the track where he took his first win in 2007, but instead was out-qualified by Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas who joined Vettel on the front row.

Motor racing: Vettel takes Ferrari’s first Canada pole since 2001. Hamilton had been hoping for a record seventh Canadian Grand Prix pole, at the track where he took his first win in 2007, but instead was out-qualified by Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas who joined Vettel on the front row.

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.

a group of people riding on the back of a red motorcycle: Formula One F1 - Canadian Grand Prix© REUTERS Formula One F1 - Canadian Grand Prix Australian Daniel Ricciardo was fourth for Red Bull, and denied the fastest lap by the early flag waving which meant that did not count.

The timing of Vettel's win could not have been better, coming on the 40th anniversary of the late Gilles Villeneuve's victory for the Italian team in 1978 at his home Grand Prix.

"Perfect is probably a good way to describe it. It's unbelievable. I said yesterday how much this place means to Ferrari and to have a race like we had today is unbelievable," said Vettel.

a man standing in front of a crowd: Formula One F1 - Canadian Grand Prix© REUTERS/Carlo Allegri Formula One F1 - Canadian Grand Prix

"It's 50 for me but after a long stretch that Ferrari didn't win here, I saw the people around and they were super happy."

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In the end Hamilton won , taking consecutive victories for the first time since the 2010 season, when he won in Turkey and Canada .[182]. ^ "Race – Monaco win extends Vettel 's championship lead ". formula 1 .com.

He leads Sebastian Vettel by 14 points. Mercedes are 22 points ahead of Ferrari in the constructors’ championship . Raikkonen shares the record for fastest laps in Canada (four) with Schumacher. Sebastian Vettel can take his 50 th win on Sunday.

'BORING RACE'

Jacques Villeneuve, the retired 1997 world champion, had led a parade lap earlier in the day in the Ferrari his late father drove to that victory.

Running against rivals who had upgraded power units, unlike Mercedes, Hamilton was unable to match the pace or rhythm on a circuit he touts as a favourite and where he has won six times including his first in 2007.

It was left to Bottas to chase Vettel, who made a clean getaway from the start, with Verstappen almost passing the Finn before the order settled down.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was sixth, and said it had been a boring race, with Renault's Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz seventh and eighth.

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

Behind the leaders, there was chaos when Williams's Canadian Lance Stroll squeezed Toro Rosso's Brendon Hartley into the wall.

The Toro Rosso was launched into the air, wrecking both cars.

McLaren's Fernando Alonso chalked up 300 career grandsprix but the Spaniard had little to celebrate as the two-time world champion's day came to an early end, his McLaren coasting to a stop midway through the race with a mechanical failure.

The Spaniard now turns his attentions to the Le Mans 24 Hours race with Toyota next weekend.

(Editing by Ed Osmond/Alan Baldwin/Clare Fallon)

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