F1 Canadian GP: 'Bad' Ferrari didn't spot early Canada damage - Vettel

Solenn Plantier
Juin 21, 2017

Lewis Hamilton earned his third Canadian Grand Prix victory in a row on Sunday and he did it by thoroughly dominating the Formula One race at Circuit Gilles Villenueve in Montreal, Canada.

Hamilton's win cut championship leader and four-time champion Sebastian Vettel's advantage to 12 points after the Ferrari man lost out at the start and, after an early pit stop for repairs, fought back to finish fourth.

Hamilton's record is remarkable in Montreal - his six wins in 10 races leaves him one shy of Michael Schmacher's record total of seven victories at the circuit.

"In Maranello we will carry out a detailed analysis of the race, making the most of the data gathered as we prepare as well as possible for the next round in Baku", admitted team principal Maurizio Arrivabene.

"It was very smooth", He said after the race.

Red Bull in fifth and sixth are the best of the rest, with Max Verstappen leading Ricciardo. Red Bulls' Daniel Ricciardo took the third position on the podium, marking his hat-trick of finishing third after similar results in Spain and Monaco.

Sunday's full quota of points sees him claw back vital ground with Vettel in the title fight following Mercedes' poor showing in Monaco two weekends ago - both Hamilton and Bottas failed to make the podium.

"Nevertheless I feel the vehicle is very good, I was really happy this morning, I was happy this afternoon and it should be very good in the race so I'm looking forward to tomorrow".

The pole, which left him three adrift of Schumacher's all-time record of 68, came 10 years on from the first of his Formula One career at the same track with McLaren in his rookie 2007 season.

"You can see the relief in the team that we've bounced back after such a hard weekend, it's just what the doctor ordered".

Vettel finally claimed fifth when Ocon ran off at Turn One, after being blocked by Perez, and the German then ran off again himself and recovered.

Vettel said he did not spot that the wing was badly damaged because the safety auto came out before he had had a chance to get a proper feel for the vehicle. However, with Bottas also attacking Vettel on the inside on Turn 1, the Ferrari driver was in a fix and ended up damaging front wing against the Red Bull's rear wheel.

"I think Ferrari had the edge this weekend", he added. Sainz thudded into the wall at Turn Three, while Massa was also out of the race. "They have been very quick".

It's a bit nasty", he joked, "getting the trophy in front of us during the national anthem at the beginning of the race. So far this year, neither competitor has been able to get a firm grasp on it as the two seem to continually swap between first and second place. "It was bad that we didn't spot it - I had a little bit of a feel [that there was damage] out of Turn 6 and then the safety auto came, but I wasn't sure because it was the first lap of the race and it was very windy, so I thought it might have been a gust and the first lap the tyres are not there".

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