MONTREAL – Sebastian Vettel reclaimed the Formula One championship lead with a dominant victory Sunday in the Canadian Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Vettel was in control the moment the lights went out for the start of the race. From the pole he moved into the lead through the first turns and proceeded to lead every lap of the 70-lap event to easily capture his third victory of the season for Ferrari.
Bottas fought off Verstappen to retain second at the start of the race, moments before Toro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley and Williams’ Lance Stroll collided spectacularly. Stroll felt he had a puncture, lost control of his car momentarily and that speared into Hartley, squeezing Hartley up against the barrier.
Both drivers retired from the race on the spot, sparking a Safety Car period. During the restart, Vettel had no trouble keeping Bottas and Verstappen at bay and promptly proceeded pulled away.
Vettel would proceed to hold the lead through the pit stop cycle over Bottas, though Bottas seemed to be gaining on Vettel for a period after the pit stops. Bottas’ momentum disappeared shortly thereafter when he ran wide at the exit of turn one, allowing Vettel to build his gap even further and cruise to a comfortable 7.3-second victory.
Verstappen came home in third to complete the podium for Red Bull, with his teammate Daniel Ricciardo chasing him home in fourth. Lewis Hamilton struggled throughout Sunday’s race, managing to only finish fifth and fall one point behind Vettel in the championship fight.
Kimi Raikkonen finished sixth in his Ferrari, followed by the Renault pairing of Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz Jr., Force India’s Esteban Ocon and Sauber’s Charles Leclerc.