F1 2018: Sebastian Vettel regains points lead in Canadian GP

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Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes was second followed by the Red Bulls' Max Verstappen and Daniel Riciardo, the victor two weeks ago in Monaco.

Cue some serious work overnight, both in Montreal and at Ferrari's Maranello base with reserve driver Antonio Giovinazzi putting in the miles in the simulator.

Second-placed Valtteri Bottas made an effort to close the gap on the race leader, but his Mercedes just didn't have the pace to challenge.

"The fact that a season could sway through reliability, I don't think anyone wants to say that".

The victory put Ferrari back on top in Canada for the first time since seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher claimed the last of his record seven wins on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in 2004. "Every single lap I was waiting for the power to just drop away and disappear, but it kept going".

"I even watched on TV and it said 'final lap.' I asked and they said 'keep pushing.' I was a bit confused".

Hamilton thus had to make do in Canada with an engine used in the six previous races.

"I'm sure the next couple of days it will get more and more painful because ultimately it was a poor weekend, but it could be a lot worse".

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Thanks to his strong performance, Vettel moves back into the lead spot in the 2018 Drivers' Championship with 121 points.

Daniel Ricciardo, a victor two weeks ago in Monaco in another race panned for being boring, brought his Red Bull in third, just ahead of defending champion Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes.

The race began in near-perfect conditions with an air temperature of 20 degrees Celsius and the track at 45 as the lights went out.

Mercedes brought just five sets of the hypersoft per driver to Montreal, while rivals Red Bull and Ferrari had eight. It was the same for Bottas running behind Vettel.

"We all know they (Ferrari) have generally had a slightly better package all round, they've been doing a slightly better job so we've got to do more", the Briton told reporters.

"Their vehicle is fantastic and the engine, too".

The battle for "best of the rest" saw a straight fight between Esteban Ocon in the Force India and the two Renaults of Carlos Sainz and Nico Hulkenberg. Both cars were badly damaged but the drivers were uninjured. The two ran side-by-side on the run up to the second chicane, but Stroll broke loose and, upon correcting his FW41 chassis, drifted right into Hartley.

The only other retirement besides Stroll and Hartley was McLaren's Fernando Alonso who reported a loss of power due to an exhaust problem and was forced to garage his auto - a disappointing end to the Spaniard's 300th race.

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