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It’s 50th for me and a good side effect – Vettel

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Sebastian Vettel claimed the 50th win of his career and reclaimed the lead of this year’s world championship on Sunday when he ended Lewis Hamilton’s run of supremacy at the Canadian Grand Prix.

The second Mercedes ace Valtteri Bottas managed to finish second on the podium ahead of Dutchman Max Verstappen, who was third for Red Bull.

Sebastian Vettel: “Perfect is probably a good way to describe it. It’s unbelievable. I said yesterday how much this place means to Ferrari and to have a race like we had today is unbelievable.

“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.

“There is stll a long way to go [in the championship] so I’m not too bothered about it. It’s a good side effect.

“Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, to have a Ferrari winning today and me personally makes me very proud and I’m honoured. It’s a day to remember the great Gilles Villeneuve.”

Valtteri Bottas: “Since lap one they seemed to be a bit quicker all the time and they could control the race. We were really pushing on it but we got in trouble at the end with running out of fuel which allowed Max to close up.

“I think this was the maximum today. Yesterday was about hundredths of a second and maybe from pole it could have been different but from P2 today, I think we maxed out.”

Max Verstappen: “It was a good race. We had to pit early because the hypersofts were pretty much gone. But we had a really good pace on the supersofts and were steadily closing the gap.

“In the last couple of laps we were really competitive.”

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