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Sebastian Vettel picked up the 50th victory of his Formula 1 career Sunday, taking the top step of the podium and the championship lead in Canada.

Pole, every lap led and the top step of the podium with the biggest trophy: Sunday was a day where little could go wrong for Vettel. The Ferrari driver took victory in the first two races of the season but had gone four races without success. He put that to bed, becoming the fourth driver in Formula 1 history to win 50 races, joining Michael Schumacher (91), Alain Prost (51) and Lewis Hamilton (64) in that very exclusive club.

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“Perfect is a good way to describe it,” said Vettel. “It’s unbelievable. I said yesterday how much this place means to Ferrari. I think we see it from the moment we touch down when we come here. To have a race like we had today is unbelievable. OK, 50 for me but I think after a long time, a long stretch that Ferrari didn’t win here I saw the people around and they were super happy, so I’m sure they had a blast and will have a blast tonight.”

Now a third of the way through the season, the championship table starts to take on some meaning and, despite every driver in history insisting that they ignore the table until the end of the season, Vettel will sleep well knowing that he tops the pile.

“It’s still a long way, so I’m not too bothered, to be honest,” continued Vettel. “For sure, it’s a good side affect but for today, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve -- we had Jacques (Villeneuve, 1997 champion) driving his father’s car earlier, which was very emotional and to have a Ferrari winning today and me driving it makes me very proud and I’m honored, so it’s a day to remember the great Gilles Villeneuve.”

While the points standings would have you believe that the title fight is a two-horse battle between Vettel and Lewis Hamilton, who finished fifth, Valtteri Bottas is quietly sneaking up on the top two with another strong showing. Finishing second to Vettel, Bottas would be within 10 points of the championship leader had it not been for his unfortunate puncture while leading late in Azerbaijan.

“Since lap 1, really they seemed to be a bit quicker,” said Bottas. “All the time they could control the race and we’re really pushing and got into a little bit of trouble at the end with (nearly) running out of fuel so that’s why Max (Verstappen) got close at the end."

 

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“I think this was the maximum today. Yesterday was about hundredths of a second, so maybe from pole it could have been different, but from P2 today I think we maxed out, so I’m happy for that but I’m not happy that we were behind.”

Max Verstappen has largely lived in the shadow of teammate Daniel Ricciardo in the Red Bull team so far this season, but for just the second time in 2018, Verstappen finished in front, taking third place and his second podium of the season in the process.

“It was a good race,” said Verstappen. “We had to pit early because the hyper-softs were pretty much gone but then we had really good pace on the super-softs so I was steadily closing the gap and especially the last few laps, I think we were really competitive and it was only one tenth on the line which was a shame but a good race, I enjoyed it.”

The race got off to an explosive start, with Bottas ferociously fending off Verstappen for second place around the first two corners; but just as things were sorting themselves out, Lance Stroll lost control of the rear of his Williams, hitting the Toro Rosso of Brendon Hartley. The squeeze between Stroll’s Williams and the concrete wall saw Hartley flying spectacularly through the air.

From that point the race was a tame affair. Another standard one-stop race, where strategy was reasonably limited. Red Bull however made the most of a one-lap overcut on Hamilton to jump Ricciardo past Hamilton. Employing a similar tactic, Renault was able to jump both Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz past the Force India of Esteban Ocon.

Romain Grosjean played a waiting game for his stop. After an engine problem prevented him from qualifying and gluing him to the back of the grid, the Frenchman gambled on a safety car and stayed out until lap 49 of 70 in the hope that his pit pain would be minimized. The safety car never came though, and he finished P12 but agonizingly close to Charles Leclerc (P10 - Sauber) and Pierre Gasly (P11 - Toro Rosso).

Although scheduled for a distance of 70 laps, an embarrassing error occurred in which the checkered flag was waved a lap early and to the wrong car, meaning that the classified results have been declared at a distance of 68 laps. There were no overtakes on lap 70, however, so no one suffered, except for Daniel Ricciardo who lost the award for fastest lap of the race, which he had set on lap 70.

 

It was the 50th victory of Sebastian Vettel's Formula 1 career Photo by Motorsport Images-LAT

 

 DriverManufacturerRace Time
1Sebastian VettelScuderia Ferrari28:31.4
2Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport6.496
3Max VerstappenAston Martin Red Bull Racing7.702
4Daniel RicciardoAston Martin Red Bull Racing19.625
5Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport21.408
6Kimi RaikkonenScuderia Ferrari27.308
7Nico HulkenbergRenault Sport Formula One Team+ 1 Lap
8Carlos SainzRenault Sport Formula One Team+ 1 Lap
9Esteban OconSahara Force India F1 Team+ 1 Lap
10Charles LeclercAlfa Romeo SauberF1 Team+ 1 Lap
11Pierre GaslyRed Bull Toro Rosso Honda+ 1 Lap
12Romain GrosjeanHaas F1 Team+ 1 Lap
13Kevin MagnussenHaas F1 Team+ 1 Lap
14Sergio PerezSahara Force India F1 Team+ 1 Lap
15Marcus EricssonAlfa Romeo SauberF1 Team+ 2 Laps
16Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren F1 Team+ 2 Laps
17Sergey SirotkinWilliams Martini Racing+ 2 Laps
18Fernando AlonsoMcLaren F1 TeamDNF
19Lance StrollWilliams Martini RacingDNF
20Brendon HartleyRed Bull Toro Rosso HondaDNF

 

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