Vettel takes 50th win and F1 championship lead in Canada

Canadian Grand Prix - Strategy guide

Canadian Grand Prix - Strategy guide

The top three kept their positions from the start, with Vettel leading ahead of Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull's Max Verstappen.

Even in a week as rich in sporting spectacle as any you will see - from Alexander Ovechkin finally winning a Stanley Cup and then celebrating with fans in a Washington fountain, to Justify winning the Triple Crown, to Rafael Nadal taking his 11th title at Roland Garros and Simona Halep winning her first - a Formula One race is a scene to match any on the planet. "I'm just so happy that I finished".

Australian Daniel Ricciardo, victorious in Monaco two weeks ago, was sixth in the second Red Bull as his team-mate Verstappen, who had been fastest throughout practice, continued to deliver a ideal riposte to his critics.

"With the start we had, with the race we had, there was nothing more we could do", said Bottas, who has finished second four times this season, but hasn't yet won.

"We've got to do more", he added, when asked about how Mercedes should react to Ferrari's gathering momentum.

Once the main teams emerged, Vettel was soon quickest for Ferrari before swapping fastest laps with Raikkonen as the Mercedes men struggled to keep pace.

But Hamilton, so often the master here in Montreal, had to settle for fifth on a weekend to forget for the defending champion and his team.

When asked if he felt Red Bull had the pace for pole after seeing teammate Daniel Ricciardo go quickest in Q2, he said: "I knew we had a good vehicle, but I wanted to wait and see how competitive we would be in Q3".

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

"I think we can do a great job in this race, it is great to start from third".

"With the long straights it's hard to fight for pole position".

Verstappen's teammate, Australian Daniel Ricciardo, ran third in practice, with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen between them.

Hamilton will be eager to exact revenge over his Ferrari rival at the French Grand Prix. "To have a race like we had today is unbelievable". "So I tried it all but I wasn't sure until the end if it was enough".

The Finn said: "That was close, very close".

"I think this, and we've had it in the past, is a major wake-up call for every single member of the team", he told reporters.

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