Vettel takes F1 title lead with Canada win

Vettel takes F1 title lead with Canada win

Vettel ruled 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.

It was also the 50th career victory for the 30-year-old, who was a four-time Formula One champion in his days at Red Bull Renault. He earned his first Formula One points with a ninth-place finish at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve past year. Mercedes was very quick, but I think we are not too far away. Fortunately the forecast looks good this year, with only partly cloudy skies predicted for both Saturday's qualifying and Sunday's race.

Hamilton could only managed a fifth-placed finish in Montreal for Mercedes as Sebastian Vettel took the chequered flag after leading from start to finish.

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.

A race known for spills and mishaps was mostly uneventful, other than a crash that put local favourite Lance Stroll of Montreal out only a quarter of the way through the first lap.

And then taking a sweet victory and winning the Canadian GP for the first time since Schumacher did so in 2004. The Briton has won the last three on the track that seems to suit the Mercedes vehicle with its heavy braking after long straightaways and tight chicanes. The The Red Bulls will be the ones to look out for at the start.

"I think Ferrari have had a slightly better package all round, they've been doing a slightly better job so we've got to do more". Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull have dominated the field this season.

When asked if he felt Red Bull had the pace for pole after seeing teammate Daniel Ricciardo go quickest in Q2, he said: "I knew we had a good vehicle, but I wanted to wait and see how competitive we would be in Q3".

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

He admitted: "We were coming to Montreal expecting our auto to be really strong and we are leaving Montreal seeing that we haven't been where we thought we should be".

"With the long straights it's hard to fight for pole position. I corrected, but I didn't have enough room, and we collided along the wall".

Verstappen's teammate, Australian Daniel Ricciardo, ran third in practice, with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen between them. That meant Hamilton's engine was into its seventh Grand Prix weekend - and it was seemingly beginning to feel the strain...

"Like every grand prix there's not one person to dedicate it to", said Vettel. "It's a great result for all the team, but I think I could have been even faster".