Canadian Grand Prix turned out to be a plot-thickener for this year’s F1 Championship, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel claimed the long awaited victory for Ferrari in the Canadian GP.
The chequered flag was waved before the race was over earlier in the 69th lap, one lap before the scheduled 70 laps by the model Winnie Harlow.
American model Harlow said she was “just following instructions”, she wrote on her twitter that she is grateful that no one got hurt.
Sebastian finished his wire-to-wire victory to claim the third win of the year for Ferrari and topping the charts in the Formula One Rankings leaving his arch rival Lewis Hamilton behind.
Vettel said he sent a radio message about the flag being waved earlier to avoid any conflict, he said , “I was a bit confused. I told them I don’t think the race is over yet. And they said, no no no, keep pushing.”
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.”
This win was even special for both Sebastian and Ferrari considering this was Vettel’s 50th career win and his second in Montreal. And first for Ferrari after Michael Schumacher three wins in a row from 2002-2004.
Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes grabbed the second spot leaving the former championship leader Lewis Hamilton who never really pose a challenge and was six seconds behind. Bottas finished second four times in the seven races this season.
Red Bull had a good run in Montreal as their drivers Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo grabbed the third and fourth position respectively.
Lewis Hamilton finished fifth and that costed him more than he expected as he fell from the top of F1 Standings and now stand one point after Vettel who is ruling the charts with 121 points. Unfortunately, he couldn’t match the record of seven victories in Montreal.
Mercedes’ team couldn’t deliver any engine upgrades hurt them deeply. Mercedes’ executive director Toto Wolff said after the race, “I’m the opposite of confident,” the furious Austrian claimed that, “It is a shit result for us, I can only put it like that. The only feeling I have is that we have to wake up. This is a major wake-up call for every member of the team. Those marginal gains are going to make all the difference.
The Montreal race was full of hiccups, during the start of the race, in the very first lap Brandon Hartley and Lance Stroll crashed which brought out the safety car.
When the race restarted, Force India’s Sergio Perez went on to the grass but managed himself and got back on the track joining the race.
But Vettel had the eye of the tiger during the race, he swifted 4.36 km track named after the former Ferrari driver Jacques Villeneuve.
After the race, Vettel grabbed a Ferrari flag waving it high made his way to the podium.
Vettel said, “They’ve been waiting long enough for Ferrari to win here”
“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.”
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