Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Hamilton feels Ferrari will 'falter' in F1 title battle

Hamilton feels Ferrari will 'falter' in F1 title battle

"I was a bit confused". 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. Some of the marshals were already celebrating. With a new engine upgrade fitted to Vettel's auto this weekend, Ferrari was expected to be one of the favourites in Canada but Vettel was not happy with his performance after he was restricted to just 17 laps in second practice due to vehicle issues at the start of the session.

"I think it's probably not a question for us".

In a freaky incident, the chequered flag was waved a lap early by model Winnie Harlow.

F1 spokesman Matteo Bonciani said there was confusion getting the message from a course official to Harlow on the platform. "You had one job sir!"

"It was a very smooth session for us", he said.

Had any passing occurred on the 69th or 70th laps, they would not have counted, Bonciani said.

Vettel picked up his second career victory at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and the first for Ferrari in Montreal since Michael Schumacher won three in a row from 2002-04.

The four-time champion German drove his Ferrari with near flawless aplomb to convert his 54th pole position into a triumphant afternoon ahead of Finn Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes and determined Dutchman Max Verstappen, who was third for Red Bull. Teammate Daniel Ricciardo overtook Hamilton during a sequence of pit stops to finish fourth, relegating Hamilton to a lowly fifth, the Briton having battled a power unit issue during the race. "Everybody needs to assess how to improve performance".

Starting cleanly, Vettel was pulling away from the field when a crash between Brandon Hartley and hometown favorite Lance Stroll brought out the safety vehicle in the very first lap.

Vettel and Raikkonen subdued after difficult day for Ferrari
I think the highest minimum speed is 140kph, so we knew coming here it would be hard and the characteristics would be a problem. His tally includes six pole positions and six wins, and he has not finished off the podium when he has seen the chequered flag.

"Choosing the Ultrasofts for the start of the race was a pretty straightforward decision for us, now we have to do our best on Sunday!".

Mercedes non-executive chairman Niki Lauda said Ferrari had out-performed his team.

The team took some time to find its pace over the weekend with Vettel not fully at ease with the auto until qualifying when he found the set-up he wanted to deliver an impressive pole, from which he dictated the race and converted into an equally impressive win.

This year marks the 55th edition of the Canadian Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Parc Jean-Drapeau. "Hopefully a bit more in the future".

Bottas finished second for the fourth time in seven races this season.

"I'm super grateful that I finished", he added. "It might have been a lot worse".

Fans witnessed history during Saturday afternoon qualifying, as Sebastian Vettel posted an outright track record lap time of one minute, 10.776 seconds to claim the pole position.

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".

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