Vettel dominated whole the race from lights-to-flag at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in an emphatic display as he crossed the line ahead of Valtteri Bottas with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in third.
Hamilton, so often the master here in Montreal, had to settle for fifth on a weekend to forget for the defending champion and his team.
SKY SPORTS pundit and former F1 winner Damon Hill’s reflections on the race – “Mercedes didn’t have an answer, nobody had an answer, to Ferrari this weekend. This is about the championship and this will happen throughout the season – nobody is able to get a foothold on that championship and dominate each race.
“Where was Lewis this weekend? Something happened there. Mercedes didn’t bring the fight to Ferrari. We expected more from Red Bull a little bit but they did a great job.
“The championship is about ebbs and flows. I think it will be like this throughout the season.”
In contrast, Vettel, armed with a fresh engine, flew to victory to claim Ferrari’s first win in Canada for 14 years and the German’s first in five races.
His win was never in doubt after he surged off the starting line and controlled the race to claim his 50th grand prix win – despite the chequered flag accidentally being waved one lap before the finish by Canadian model Winnie Harlow – and apply the championship pressure back on to Hamilton.