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Vettel Claims Championship Lead in Canada

Sebastian Vettel claimed both victory and the Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.

Vettel got a clean get away and immediately began to create a lead over second place man Valtteri Bottas. This was quickly cut short as the safety car took to the circuit to allow marshals to tend to a high speed collision between Brendon Hartley and Lance Stroll. Both drivers walked away unscathed and Stroll's home fans could breathe a sigh of relief.

Even after the safety car had been retired, the race was extremely processional. Not even the championship battle between Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull could provide any action or intensity.

Besides the crash on Lap 1, the only incident came on the final lap of the race. Canadian model Winnie Harlow had been invited to wave the chequered flag. A miscommunication between she and Race Director Charlie Whiting led to Winnie waving the flag at the beginning of the final lap rather than the end. As Vettel had passed the line at the time that the flag had been displayed, the race had to be declared over. Bizarre but it's the rules.

Sebastian Vettel walked away with the winners trophy and the Drivers Championship lead.

 

Lets's hope for more action next time out in France!

 

Driver of the Day: Sebastian Vettel

Result:

1 Sebastian Vettel - 1:28:31

2 Valtteri Bottas

3 Max Verstappen

4 Daniel Ricciardo

5 Lewis Hamilton

6 Kimi Raikkonen

7 Nico Hulkenberg

8 Carlos Sainz

9 Esteban Ocon

10 Charles Leclerc

11 Pierre Gasly

12 Romain Grosjean

13 Kevin Magnussen

14 Sergio Perez

15 Marcus Ericsson

16 Stoffel Vandoorne

17 Sergey Sirotkin

18 Fernando Alonso   DNF

19 Brendon Hartley    DNF

20 Lance Stroll           DNF