Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel wins Canadian Grand Prix

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel wins Canadian Grand Prix

The Austrian said he felt disappointed at seeing Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari winning to regain the lead of the world drivers' championship on a circuit that has in recent years been triumphant Mercedes territory.

Formula One race director Charlie Whiting said the error was caused by simple miscommunication between the official starter and crew in the starter's tower, which resulted in model Winnie Harlow - a friend of Mercedes world champion Lewis Hamilton - waving the flag prematurely. "I said yesterday how much this place means for Ferrari, you see it the moment you touch down. There's a long way to go in the season so I am not bothered about the title now, but it's a good side effect for me". "I am incredibly grateful it kept going".

Running against rivals who had upgraded power units, unlike Mercedes, Hamilton was unable to match the pace or rhythm on a circuit he touts as a favourite and where he has won six times including his first in 2007.

A cooling issue that forced an early pit stpp and a fear over his seven-race-old engine compromised the Brit's race and he finished in fifth place.

When asked by Motorsport.com how the trial run went, Grosjean said: "Very painful!" Establishing a team in IndyCar may suit the their American chief executive Zak Brown, but surely there are more pressing matters for Britain's most successful F1 team to deal with?

But of more immediate concern to Vettel was the fact that the premature flag could have left some fans thinking that the track was open.

"That is a lot", he said. "But we have to say that Ferrari's auto, as a package, is unbelievable". Their whole package has just been a little bit ahead of ours. "We have to keep applying the pressure".

"Fortunately we had radio, fortunately we had the lap counter in the auto, and the pit board was accurate", said Vettel. Force India's Esteban Ocon finished ninth, while Sauber's Charles Leclerc completed yet another solid race to finish in 10th, his third points finish of the season.

"You need to get the right balance between pushing the development very hard and adding performance to the vehicle and at the same time keeping reliability", Wolff said.

When asked if he was anxious errors could start creeping in as a result of an intense fight, he said: "I think you need to get the right balance between pushing development very hard, adding performance to the vehicle and at the same time keeping reliability". It's a three-way fight. You can't come to Montreal and think it is going to be a walk in the park.

"This is a major wake-up call for every single member of the Mercedes team", Wolff said.

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