F1 – Canadian GP – Race
Montreal played host to the seventh round of the 2018 Formula One World Championship, and unusually for this circuit, it was not a particularly exciting race.
Sebastian Vettel had pole, leading away from Valtteri Bottas, Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo. The only movement between those six on the opening lap was Ricciardo making a move past Raikkonen. The real talking point of the first lap, and the entire race, was further behind. Lance Stroll suffered a moment of huge understeer, possibly due to a puncture, and drifted wide – slamming Brendon Hartley into the wall at high speed. In truth, it was lucky that Hartley’s car didn’t flip, or that no other cars were collected in the aftermath. Brendon has been sent to hospital for precautionary scans, but he did emerge seemingly unscathed from the accident.
Esteban Ocon deserves a shout out for his opening lap following an excellent move on Nico Hulkenberg. However, the Renault’s were too strong for the Force India’s today and Ocon would finish 9th behind Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz.
Through the pit stop phase, Ricciardo gained another place; over-cutting Hamilton for 4th place. Lewis would try to re-take the position towards the end of the race, but couldn’t get close enough to make a meaningful attempt.
Elsewhere, Alonso had an unsurprising engine problem and retirement. Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen had a good race-long battle, which Romain won by 2.950 seconds. Williams continue to struggle, with Sergey Sirotkin finishing over 15 seconds behind 16th placed Vandoorne. And finally, Charles Leclerc continues to impress, picking up another point for Sauber.
Back at the front, Sebastian Vettel brought the car home to take his 50th win in Formula One. Or maybe his 51st because he saw the chequered flag twice? Anyhow, Bottas came home in second, and Verstappen was third.
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