Canadian Grand Prix - “Great job, great!”

10 Jun 2018

Seb takes third win and is back leading the championship. Kimi sixth.

Montreal – Scuderia Ferrari won the Canadian GP to end a 14 year drought at this track. Seb Vettel is now back in the lead of the championship, while Kimi Raikkonen brought home 8 points for sixth place. A weekend that started with a few difficulties was turned around thanks to team work, a fact Seb was quick to underline.

Seb got away well from pole, while Kimi had Hamilton in his sights, but had to lift off and lost a place. The opening lap saw a collision between Hartley and Stroll, which brought out the Safety Car, which is a classic Montreal feature. Four laps later the race was on again and the number 5 Ferrari pulled out a bit of a lead to ward off the threat of an undercut. At this point, Seb was the only one lapping under the 1’16” barrier and all he had to say on the radio was that the tyres were fine.

The strategy was based on a single stop to take on the hardest compound available here, the Supersoft and then run to the flag. So Kimi also upped his pace a bit. Seb locked his front wheels and lost a second and then had some traffic to deal with. But once he’d cleared the backmarkers, he banged in a super third sector to set the fastest lap on lap 29.
Kimi also upped his pace prior to his pit stop in the hope of attacking Hamilton. He came in on lap 33 and had his rival in his sights, but lost time lapping Sirotkin.

Out in front, Sebastian led by around 6 seconds. Raikkonen set the fastest lap and was back in the hunt. On lap 37, Bottas pitted and that was the sign for the Scuderia to also bring in Vettel and the mechanics did a good job on his car.

After that it was a race run at arms length, with Seb managing his lead, the tyres and fuel consumption and paying particular attention to the backmarkers. Behind Seb, Bottas had to fend off a hard charging Verstappen.

“Tell them not to wave the chequered flag, it’s not over yet,” said Seb on the radio. He was right, as there was still a lap to go, the best one of the whole weekend.

Scuderia Ferrari comments:
Sebastian Vettel
Kimi Raikkonen
Maurizio Arrivabene


Pos
Driver
Car
Laps
Time/Retired
Pts
1
Sebastian
Vettel
Ferrari
68
1:28:31.377
25
2
Valtteri
Bottas
Mercedes
68
+7.376s
18
3
Max
Verstappen
Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer
68
+8.360s
15
4
Daniel
Ricciardo
Red Bull Racing TAG Heuer
68
+20.892s
12
5
Lewis
Hamilton
Mercedes
68
+21.559s
10
6
Kimi
Räikkönen
Ferrari
68
+27.184s
8
7
Nico
Hulkenberg
Renault
67
+1 lap
6
8
Carlos
Sainz
Renault
67
+1 lap
4
9
Esteban
Ocon
Force India Mercedes
67
+1 lap
2
10
Charles
Leclerc
Sauber Ferrari
67
+1 lap
1
11
Pierre
Gasly
Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda
67
+1 lap
0
12
Romain
Grosjean
Haas Ferrari
67
+1 lap
0
13
Kevin
Magnussen
Haas Ferrari
67
+1 lap
0
14
Sergio
Perez
Force India Mercedes
67
+1 lap
0
15
Marcus
Ericsson
Sauber Ferrari
66
+2 laps
0
16
Stoffel
Vandoorne
McLaren Renault
66
+2 laps
0
17
Sergey
Sirotkin
Williams Mercedes
66
+2 laps
0
NC
Fernando
Alonso
McLaren Renault
40
DNF
0
NC
Brendon
Hartley
Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda
0
DNF
0
NC
Lance
Stroll
Williams Mercedes
0
DNF
0

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