Daniel Ricciardo holds off Lewis Hamilton for fourth; 2018 Canadian GP mark Vettel’s third victory of the season, and first in Montreal since 2013, brings up a rather significant historical milestone for Sebastian Vettel: 50 Grands Prix victories.
It was Ferrari’s first win in Canada since 2004 and came from their first pole there in 17 years. It was also Vettel’s second win in Canada where he won in 2013 for Red Bull.
Australian Daniel Ricciardo, who clocked the fastest lap at the end, managed to resist a late charge from Hamilton in the closing laps and retain fourth place ahead of the Englishman who extended his record points-scoring run to 32 races.
Hamilton, fourth at the time, headed into the pit lane on lap 16 of this 70-lap race, but the early change of tyres allowed Ricciardo to usurp the Mercedes car.
“Why did we stop early?” a frustrated Hamilton asked the Mercedes pit wall.
“The stop was brought forward to resolve this PU [power unit] problem,” his engineer Pete Bonnington replied. “It has helped a little bit.”
Hamilton’s Mercedes team have dominated the sport since 2014, but the fiercer competition provided by both Ferrari and Red Bull this year has led to a series of errors.
Finn Kimi Raikkonen finished sixth in the second Ferrari.
German Nico Hulkenberg came home seventh ahead of his Renault team-mate Spaniard Carlos Sainz, Frenchman Esteban Ocon of Force India and Monegasque Charles Leclerc of Sauber.
“Perfect is a good way to describe this,” said a delighted Vettel.
“I said yesterday that this place means a lot to Ferrari and to have a race like this is unbelievable.
“After a long stretch here without a Ferrari win, I looked around and the people are so very happy. It means a lot. There’s a long way to go in the season so I am not bothered about the title now, but it’s a good side affect for me.”
He said the win was special because it came 40 years after Canadian Gilles Villeneuve had won his first race for Ferrari.