Sebastian Vettel hits back at critics of 'boring' Canadian Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel hits back at critics of 'boring' Canadian Grand Prix

Ferrari star Sebastian Vettel regained the lead at the top of the Drivers' Championship after a dominant win in the Canadian Grand Prix.

"I just thought it was going to fail and every single lap I was on the edge just waiting for that power to drop away".

When asked if he was anxious errors could start creeping in as a result of an intense fight, he said: "I think you need to get the right balance between pushing development very hard, adding performance to the auto and at the same time keeping reliability".

The Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas will also start in the front row.

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.

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.

This is Vettel's second victory in Canada, having won his first for Red Bull in 2013, and marks his 50th career victory - only Michael Schumacher, Hamilton and Alain Prost have scored more.

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Lewis Hamilton has topped the grid on six occasions in Montreal, but he'll start from fourth place on Sunday.

The Englishman, who arrived in North America with a 14-point lead over Vettel, will now head to the next round in France trailing his Ferrari rival by one point. Bottas was first to blink on lap 37, Vettel following one lap later, both going to super-softs.

Vettel struggled for pace in both practice sessions and finished the day 0.787s off the fastest time set by Max Verstappen and 0.657s off Raikkonen.

The Safety Car was deployed in order to clear the wreckage while stewards opted to take no further action against either driver.

"The chequered flag was shown a lap early because there was a miscommunication between the start platform and the guy that they call the starter, the guy that starts and finishes the races", he said. "I was 13th after the first two turns". I had a moment of oversteer. You can't win them all, and I'll try to recover from it tomorrow.

Here's what else we learned in the Canadian GP. He earned his first Formula One points with a ninth-place finish at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve previous year. Even given the new engine Vettel had the pace of the field and managed his one-stop race untroubled to the flag.

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