Sebastian Vettel wins Canadian Grand Prix to retake F1 championship lead

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Both reported that it had been a tough day in the sunshine at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve where Dutchman Max Verstappen set the pace for Red Bull, topping the times in both sessions.

"It was a good race", he enthused.

Kimi Raikkonen in the other Ferrari and Monaco victor Daniel Ricciardo are in the third row.

Hamilton is looking to equal Schumacher's record of seven career Canadian GP wins. Finally returning to the top step is significant in indicating that they will take the fight to their rivals on the majority of tracks.

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Vettel, Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen ran very deep into the race.

He retired in Azerbaijan after a collision with Ricciardo and in China he tangled with Hamilton and Vettel, finishing fifth after a 10-second penalty demoted him from fourth, while Ricciardo won the race. Leading from the off, he proceeded to put in a series of exemplary laps to open up a gap to Bottas and had more than four seconds on the Finn by lap 13.

The world champion was struggling with engine temperatures in the first part of the race, which forced Mercedes into an earlier than planned pit stop for fresh tyres so they could add more cooling to the auto. Were any reminder needed that the four-times world champion is a fearsome talent with the right vehicle beneath him, Canada was salutary evidence.

Max Verstappen says Red Bull tried everything to "compensate" for its lack of engine power in qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix but is optimistic it has a auto capable of fighting for victory on Sunday. "I was a lot happier with the auto and I think we can carry that into the race".

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His engine was six races old but Hamilton would have expected better. For sure it will be tricky, with different tyres on different cars in the front.

Which was of no concern to Vettel who led the train from lights to flag.

Red Bull boss Christian Horner has hinted that Red Bull Racing is ready to take a gamble on Honda power units for the 2019 Formula 1 season, with a decision set to be made before the Austrian Grand. The Spaniard is flying to France tonight for his Le Mans 24 Hours debut - a long journey for Alonso to contemplate how much more of this he can bare in F1 before calling it a day.

Nico Hulkenberg was the best of the rest, as he has so often been this season, in seventh, a fraction ahead of Renault team mate Carlos Sainz, who survived contact with Force India's Sergio Perez on the rundown to Turn 1.

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