Vettel takes 50th win and F1 championship lead in Canada

Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia takes a turn at the Senna corner ahead of Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain during the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix auto race in Montreal Sunday

Red Bull Racing driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia takes a turn at the Senna corner ahead of Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain during the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix auto race in Montreal Sunday

"It's 50 for me but after a long stretch that Ferrari didn't win here, I saw the people around and they were super happy". "Forty years after Gilles won his Grand Prix here, it's nice to show Ferrari is still alive".

But the four-time world champion said it could have been worse. It kept dropping and coming back and dropping and I was like "jeez". "It's great when you have a session like that". Although the final results weren't changed - apart from the fastest lap being awarded to Max Verstappen instead of Daniel Ricciardo - the mix up did present a safety concern as marshals appeared from behind the race track walls to congratulate the drivers as they were still racing.

Lance Stroll of Montreal, the first Canadian to race in F1 since Jacques Villeneuve left in 2006, qualified 17th as his Williams team's struggles continued.

The semi-permanent track combines long straights with tight chicanes and each team sets up their auto to maximize straight line speed, although the cars also need to deliver a good ride over the relatively tall curbs.

Hamilton leads Vettel by 14 points in the standings after six races and will be determined not to allow him to cut substantially into that cushion.

After taking pole position by less than a tenth of the second from Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas, Vettel believes the boost in engine performance was crucial for Sunday's result. 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. Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull have dominated the field this season.

Verstappen's podium was his second of the year, and it eases some of the pressure he has felt with a series of mistakes that cost him and the Red Bull team in Azerbaijan and Monaco.

"We were briefly talking about what we wanted to do, trying to figure everything out".

When it comes to the twisty stuff, 11 of the 14 corners are taken below 100 miles per hour, which makes it particularly hard on the brakes and tires when the cars are coming from the high-speed straights.

Stream every F1 race live on the FOX+ app and catch up on highlights of any action you've missed. Kimi Raikkonen, in the second Ferrari, was sixth.

Vettel sees another chance to honour the memory of Gilles Villeneuve, who died in a crash at the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix, with a Ferrari win.

"Ferrari did a better job today and that's just the way it is".

Verstappen topped the times in all three free practice sessions and was very impressive in qualifying, clearly having replaced his confrontational mood with a clear sense of determination to succeed.

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