Mercedes needs a wake-up call, says team boss

Winnie Harlow mistakenly waves chequered flag early at Canadian GP

Hamilton went into Sunday's race in Montreal with a 14-point lead over Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel but had an unusually poor weekend while Vettel was in imperious form.

Vettel started the race from pole and stayed in control through to the end to finish some 7.0 seconds clear of Mercedes-AMG's Valtteri Bottas, the second finisher.

The victory, Vettel's third of the 2018 Formula 1 season, is his second triumph in Canada, and sees him retake the lead of the driver's world championship over Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton, who finished fourth. Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen crossed the line 8.3 seconds after Vettel to claim the third spot on the podium.

German Nico Hulkenberg came home seventh ahead of his Renault team-mate Spaniard Carlos Sainz, Frenchman Esteban Ocon of Force India and Monegasque Charles Leclerc of Sauber.

"Today we're not the favourites", Vettel said. "After a long stretch where Ferrari didn't win here, the fans were super happy, they had a blast and will have a blast tonight". It means a lot.

"I think this was the maximum. was about hundredths of a second, so maybe from pole it could have been different, but from P2 we maxed out".

This marked the first Montreal race that a Ferrari driver won the pole position since Michael Schumacher took the first grid back in 2001.

Winnnie Harlow waves the chequered flag
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"It was definitely a bit more fun when you had more engines I would say".

Although the race ended in slightly weird circumstances, it began with huge drama after Lance Stroll and Brendon Hartley crashed on lap one.

New Zealand driver Brendon Hartley crashed out early driving for Toro Rosso after he was invloved in a collision with Williams driver Lance Stroll in the opening lap of the race. Both drivers climbed out unhurt, but their days were over on the spot. I think this is - we've had it in the past - a major wake up call for every single member of the team.

Hamilton's early pit-stop on an enforced two-stop strategy, due to an engine heating problem, had done him no favours, but when Raikkonen pitted after 33 laps the Englishman was able to hang on and regain fifth as the Ferrari rejoined.

He attempted to pass Bottas at the first corner, but avoided contact with the Finn, and then kept him honest throughout the race, crossing the line less than one second behind the Mercedes vehicle. Bottas was first to blink on lap 37, Vettel following one lap later, both going to super-softs.

It was left to Bottas to chase Vettel, who made a clean getaway from the start, with Verstappen nearly passing the Finn before the order settled down.

The absolute dead silence from Fernando Alonso as his McLaren team instructed him to retire his auto in his 300th career F1 race was both poignant and strangely hilarious.

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