Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Sebastian Vettel says Ferrari's engine update was key to Canada victory

Sebastian Vettel says Ferrari's engine update was key to Canada victory

I was anxious. I told them on the last lap so that people don't jump on the track, waving flags and celebrating, because we're still going at full pace.

Hamilton, fourth at the time, headed into the pit lane on lap 16 of this 70-lap race, but the early change of tyres allowed Ricciardo to usurp the Mercedes vehicle.

The Englishman, who arrived in North America with a 14-point lead over Vettel, will now head to the next round in France trailing his Ferrari rival by one point.

Brazilian soccer great Pele famously reacted too late when Ferrari's Michael Schumacher won at Sao Paulo's Interlagos circuit in 2002, brandishing the flag instead as the later finishers appeared.

Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes will start beside Vettel on the front row. "Even on fuel consumption, they were going like hell all through the race so I think we have to work really hard now".

"I was quite happy with my first run in Q3 but I knew there was something more in the vehicle for the first part of the lap", Vettel continued.

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"Everybody needs to assess how to improve performance in order to optimise on those marginal gains because those marginal gains are going to make all the difference".

It was a short day for the lone Canadian as Stroll's Williams slid across the track and rammed New Zealander Brendon Hartley of Toro Rosso into a wall. On the restart, Sergio Perez skidded onto the grass but managed to straighten himself out and rejoin the race. "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".

Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda said Ferrari had out-performed his team. "Forty years after Gilles won his Grand Prix here, it's nice to show Ferrari is still alive".

"Perfect is a good way to describe this", said a delighted Vettel. "It's nice to become part of that story, hopefully a little bit more in the future". "Sorry mate, gutted", said his McLaren engineer. "It might have been a lot worse". When asked if it was an easy victory for him, Vettel replied: "No, it's never easy. I am incredibly grateful it kept going". He and Ferrari executed their race to perfection, took the lead in the title race and have left Hamilton and Mercedes with much to consider before racing resumes in France in a fortnight.

After 42 laps, sadly, Fernando Alonso's 300th Grand Prix weekend came to an end when, chasing 10th, he was called in to pit and retire. He retired to the garage after 43 laps - the eighth time he failed to finish in Montreal. "I was 13th after the first two turns". A year ago, Stroll picked up the first Formula One points of his career in his hometown.

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