Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel got off to a good start in Canada Sunday, jumping Mercedes-Benz’s Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg on the start and leading the 22-car field into Turn 1. However a pit call by Ferrari later forfeited Vettel’s lead to Hamilton, a move that would ultimately cost the German driver the win.
When the lights went out, Hamilton got off to a poor start, while teammate Rosberg got away slightly better. The two made contact as they approached Turn 1, with Rosberg getting knocked off track by Hamilton as the Briton attempted to hold onto the back of new race leader Vettel.
Ferrari appeared to have the race in the bag until they called Vettel into the pits on Lap 11 for supersoft compound Pirelli tires. The decision to run the less durable compound committed Vettel to a two-stop strategy versus the single stop Mercedes had put Hamilton on.
When Vettel pitted for the second time, he rejoined the track 7.8 seconds behind Hamilton. Now on a fresh set of soft compound tires, the German managed to shrink the gap to just 4.3 seconds, however he then lost time after making a mistake into the final turn on Lap 55 of 70. The Mercedes of Hamilton ultimately proved too fast for Vettel to catch, with Hamilton crossing the finish line 5.011-seconds clear of the Ferrari.
Williams’ Valteri Bottas rounded out the podium, with the Fin driving a solid race on the same one-stop strategy as Hamilton to take yet another podium at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Vettel’s Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen was sixth, just behind Mercedes’ Rosberg in fifth.
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