Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Hamilton: Ferrari will falter

Hamilton: Ferrari will falter

Sebastian Vettel blitzed the field in Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix, taking off into the lead after starting on the pole, and leading all 70 laps to take an assertive victory on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Valtteri Bottas finished second but never seriously threatened the lead, while Lewis Hamilton finished down in fifth, dropping him to a point behind Vettel in the standings having had a 14-point lead coming to Canada.

The cooling problem is not the first problem the team have faced this year. It was also Vettel's second win in Canada where he won in 2013 for Red Bull. Kimi Raikkonen, in the second Ferrari, was sixth.

"We were coming to Montreal expecting our auto to be really strong and we're leaving Montreal seeing we haven't been where we thought we should be".

"It was a tough day in the office today, but I'm just very grateful that I finished today's race and score some points", Hamilton said. Doesn't matter where I start on the grid I don't look at any driver and think: "I might lose to that person".

He said: "The whole race I was thinking it was going to blow up".

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The nature of the power-sensitive Circuit Gilles Villeneuve meant Mercedes arrived in Montreal as favourites, although the decision to delay its engine upgrade until the next race in France appeared to swing the initiative back in Ferrari's direction.

New Zealander Brendon Hartley will start in 12th for Toro Rosso. Both drivers climbed out unhurt, but their days were over on the spot.

"In light of ill-informed media speculation and certain external moves to destabilise the team, I can confirm that Rich Energy made an official offer to buy Force India Formula 1 team at the end of April", he told the Daily Telegraph.

He attempted to pass Bottas at the first corner, but avoided contact with the Finn, and then kept him honest throughout the race, crossing the line less than one second behind the Mercedes auto.

He would have to settle for third, however, after a frenetic Q3 saw Bottas set a track record only for Vettel to break it moments later, before improving on it again ahead of the chequered flag.

Fernando Alonso's F1 future remains unclear after he retired from his 300th Grand Prix before making his Le Mans debut this week. "Sorry mate, gutted", said his McLaren engineer. With a new engine upgrade fitted to Vettel's vehicle this weekend, Ferrari was expected to be one of the favourites in Canada but Vettel was not happy with his performance after he was restricted to just 17 laps in second practice due to auto issues at the start of the session. A grandstand finish looked possible until Bottas ran off at Turn One and took to the grass before recovering.

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