RACE: Vettel wins in Canada to seize championship lead

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"I think we have a really good auto". Vettel said. "I brushed the wall and lost some time getting ready for the second session".

"A really exciting Qualifying today, with nothing much between the times set, which is particularly encouraging for us at this type of circuit", said Horner.

The Red Bull driver has been involved in incidents at every one of the six race weekends this year, but claimed it was not "as dramatic as people say".

His latest practice crash in Monaco put Verstappen at the back of the grid, and left him facing calls from Red Bull team boss Christian Horner to rethink his approach.


"I think he's pretty headstrong; he won't let it get to him too much", said the Australian, who won in Monaco and now sits in third place, 38 points behind Hamilton, in the standings.

It's unlikely to be enough to make up a position on its own, but combine it with some aggressive driving through the opening corners and Max Verstappen is in a strong position to attack Valtteri Bottas and Sebastian Vettel further round the opening lap.

Before the race on Sunday, the vehicle Villeneuve used in 1978 will be driven by his 47-year-old son Jacques, the 1997 world champion, to lead the ceremonial parade lap.

Bottas fought off the fast-starting Verstappen to retain second, moments before the race was neutralised when Toro Rosso's Brendon Hartley and Williams' Lance Stroll collided spectacularly. We knew that in Q3 and in general throughout the whole year with the auto, we're just lacking power. "Also myself didn't get the rhythm yet so missing a little bit of the laps but overall we tried to go through the programme as good as we could".


"Yesterday the auto balance was great into Turn Ten", he continued, "and usually the last sector is my strongest at this track, but I was just struggling with massive bumps into Turn Ten".

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.

The German started from pole position and never trailed on Sunday as he posted his third win in seven Formula One races this year and the 50th of his career.

"In the race, it all calms down a bit, which is why in general we are always a bit more competitive". "We've seen this year it's very close between the three teams and the six drivers so we'll see, but for sure if you start on pole you want to win".


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