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F1: Sebastian Vettel Wins The Canadian Grand Prix, His 50th Career Victory

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MONTREAL (AP) Sebastian Vettel led from the pole to the checkered flag - and then some - to claim a long-awaited Ferrari victory at the Canadian Grand Prix.

The four-time world champion astutely sped on after the checkered flag was waved one lap too early, finishing his wire-to-wire victory at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Sunday to claim his third win of the year and the lead in the Formula One standings.

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''I was a bit confused. I told them I don't think the race is over yet,'' said Vettel, who confirmed on the counter in his car and with his team that he had only completed 69 of the scheduled 70 laps.

''Some of the marshals were already celebrating,'' he said. ''I was just worried that people don't jump on the track and start celebrating. We're still going at full pace.''

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, of Germany, drives through the hairpin on his way to winning the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix auto race in Montreal, Sunday, June 10, 2018, in Montreal. (Tom Boland/The Canadian Press via AP)© Provided by Associated Press Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, of Germany, drives through the hairpin on his way to winning the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix auto race in Montreal, Sunday, June 10, 2018, in Montreal. (Tom Boland/The Canadian Press via AP)

Canadian model Winnie Harlow blamed race officials for telling her the wrong time to wave the flag.

''WHEN THEY TELL YOU TO WAVE THE FLAG A LAP TOO EARLY!'' she wrote on Instagram. ''You had one job sir!!! Hahaha but so grateful everyone was safe today and no one got hurt!''

  • Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany celebrates as he drives through the hairpin after winning the Canadian Grand Prix Sunday, June 10, 2018 in Montreal. (Tom Boland/The Canadian Press via AP)
  • Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany comes through the Senna corner at the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix auto race on Sunday, June 10, 2018, in Montreal. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)
  • Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel of Germany makes his way towards his crew after winning the Canadian Grand Prix Sunday, June 10, 2018 in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
  • Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, of Germany, arrives in pit lane after winning the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix auto race in Montreal, Sunday, June 10, 2018, in Montreal. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany celebrates as he drives through the hairpin after winning the Canadian Grand Prix Sunday, June 10, 2018 in Montreal. (Tom Boland/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany comes through the Senna corner at the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix auto race on Sunday, June 10, 2018, in Montreal. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel of Germany makes his way towards his crew after winning the Canadian Grand Prix Sunday, June 10, 2018 in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, of Germany, arrives in pit lane after winning the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix auto race in Montreal, Sunday, June 10, 2018, in Montreal. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Vettel picked up the 50th of his career, his second in Montreal and the first for Ferrari at the track since Michael Schumacher won three in a row from 2002-04.

Mercedes was second with Valtteri Bottas - not erstwhile championship leader Lewis Hamilton - about six seconds back after never really challenging for the win. Max Verstappen was third and the other Red Bull car, driven by Daniel Ricciardo, was fourth.

Hamilton, who was fifth on Sunday, fell from the top of the Formula One standings and now trails Vettel by one point, 121-120. He had been going for a record-tying seventh victory in Montreal and a third win in four races.

Race winner, Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel of Germany, left, is sprayed with champagne by third place finisher Red Bull's Max Verstappen of the Netherlands following the Canadian Grand Prix Sunday, June 10, 2018 in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)© Provided by Associated Press Race winner, Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel of Germany, left, is sprayed with champagne by third place finisher Red Bull's Max Verstappen of the Netherlands following the Canadian Grand Prix Sunday, June 10, 2018 in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)

''I'm the opposite of confident,'' said Mercedes executive director Toto Wolff, whose team failed to deliver with an engine upgrade in time for the weekend and also botched its tire strategy heading in practice.

''I think this is a major wake-up call for every member of the team,'' he said. ''Everybody needs to assess how to improve performance. ... Those marginal gains are going to make all the difference.''

Starting cleanly, Vettel was pulling away from the field when a crash between Brandon Hartley and hometown favorite Lance Stroll brought out the safety car in the very first lap. On the restart, Sergio Perez skidded onto the grass but managed to straighten himself out and rejoin the race.

Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo, of Australia, takes a turn at the Senna corner ahead of Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, of Britain, during the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix auto race in Montreal, Sunday, June 10, 2018, in Montreal. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)© Provided by Associated Press Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo, of Australia, takes a turn at the Senna corner ahead of Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, of Britain, during the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix auto race in Montreal, Sunday, June 10, 2018, in Montreal. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

Vettel had no such trouble, leaving the jostling behind him as he steered through the 2.71-mile (4.36-km) track named for the Ferrari driver and Montreal native who earned his first Formula One victory here 40 years ago.

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel (5), of Germany, leads Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas (77), of Finland, and Red Bull driver Max Verstappen (33), of the Netherlands, through the first turns during the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix auto race in Montreal, Sunday, June 10, 2018, in Montreal. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)© Provided by Associated Press Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel (5), of Germany, leads Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas (77), of Finland, and Red Bull driver Max Verstappen (33), of the Netherlands, through the first turns during the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix auto race in Montreal, Sunday, June 10, 2018, in Montreal. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

''Grazie,'' the German said to his Italy-based team before grabbing a red and yellow Ferrari flag and waving it on his way to the podium.

''They've been waiting long enough for Ferrari to win here,'' Vettel said. ''Forty years after Gilles won his Grand Prix here, it's nice to show Ferrari is still alive. It's nice to become part of that story, hopefully a little bit more in the future.''

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, of Germany, drives through the hairpin on his way to winning the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix auto race in Montreal, Sunday, June 10, 2018, in Montreal. (Tom Boland/The Canadian Press via AP)© Provided by Associated Press Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, of Germany, drives through the hairpin on his way to winning the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix auto race in Montreal, Sunday, June 10, 2018, in Montreal. (Tom Boland/The Canadian Press via AP) Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany celebrates after winning the Canadian Grand Prix Sunday, June 10, 2018 in Montreal. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)© Provided by Associated Press Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany celebrates after winning the Canadian Grand Prix Sunday, June 10, 2018 in Montreal. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)

Bottas finished second for the fourth time in seven races this season. The fifth place finish was Hamilton's worst of the year, but he said his engine was giving him problems all season and he was happy he was even able to finish.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel of Germany kisses his trophy as he celebrates his victory at the Canadian Grand Prix Sunday, June 10, 2018 in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)© Provided by Associated Press Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel of Germany kisses his trophy as he celebrates his victory at the Canadian Grand Prix Sunday, June 10, 2018 in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)

''It could get a lot worse. I could have had a DNF (did not finish)'' which would have put him another 10 points behind Vettel, he said. ''I'm just grateful the engine made it.''

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany celebrates after winning the Canadian Grand Prix Sunday, June 10, 2018 in Montreal. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)© Provided by Associated Press Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany celebrates after winning the Canadian Grand Prix Sunday, June 10, 2018 in Montreal. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP) Race winner Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, right, of Germany shakes hands with second place finisher Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas of Finland at the Canadian Grand Prix Sunday, June 10, 2018 in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)© Provided by Associated Press Race winner Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, right, of Germany shakes hands with second place finisher Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas of Finland at the Canadian Grand Prix Sunday, June 10, 2018 in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)

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. After arriving in Montreal, Verstappen half-jokingly threatened to head-butt any reporter who asked about the crashes.

The day was less positive for two-time world champion Fernando Alonso, who was celebrating his 300th Formula One race. He retired to the garage after 43 laps - the eighth time he failed to finish in Montreal.

  • Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel of Germany steers his car down the pit lane after winning the Canadian Grand Prix Sunday, June 10, 2018 in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
  • McLaren driver Fernando Alonso, of Spain, drives through the Senna corner as he starts his 300th F1 race during the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix auto race in Montreal, Sunday, June 10, 2018, in Montreal. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)
  • Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel of Germany crosses the finish line to win the Canadian Grand Prix Sunday, June 10, 2018 in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel of Germany steers his car down the pit lane after winning the Canadian Grand Prix Sunday, June 10, 2018 in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
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McLaren driver Fernando Alonso, of Spain, drives through the Senna corner as he starts his 300th F1 race during the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix auto race in Montreal, Sunday, June 10, 2018, in Montreal. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel of Germany crosses the finish line to win the Canadian Grand Prix Sunday, June 10, 2018 in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)
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It was also a short day for Stroll, a Montreal native who locked up with Hartley heading into Turn 5 on the first lap. A year ago, Stroll picked up the first Formula One points of his career in his hometown.

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany reacts after winning the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, Sunday, June 10, 2018. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)© Provided by Associated Press Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany reacts after winning the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, Sunday, June 10, 2018. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)

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Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel wins the Canadian Grand Prix
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