Scuderia Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel retook the lead in the 2018 Formula One World Drivers’ Championship standings after an impressive win at the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday. The German driver – a four-time World Champion – now leads rival Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes by one point. The podium was a diverse one, with Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen flanking Vettel in second and third, respectively.
Fellow Scuderia Ferrari driver Kimi Räikkönen contributed 8 points to the team’s total of 33 from the Canadian Grand Prix, finishing sixth after Daniel Ricciardo (fourth), and Lewis Hamilton (fifth). Those points weren’t enough to close the gap between Ferrari and Mercedes, the latter still leading the former in the Constructors’ standings by 17 points.
It was a fairly straightforward win for Sebastian Vettel, who started from pole and encountered only one credible challenge, in the form of Finnish Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas. Bottas’ chances to overtake vanished after he ran wide coming out of Turn 1. Räikkönen wasn’t as lucky as his teammate; he held third for a time, just about keeping pace with Vettel and Bottas, but dropped back to sixth after coming in for new tires.
The 2018 Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday marked Sebastian Vettel’s 50th career win in Formula One racing – a milestone achievement that he now shares with Alain Prost, Michael Schumacher, and Lewis Hamilton. It also marked Ferrari’s first win at the event since 2004, ending a 12-year winless streak at the venue.
“Perfect is a really good way to describe it. Unbelievable,” Vettel said after the race. “I said yesterday how much this place means for Ferrari. We saw it from the moment we touched down – and to have a race like we did today was unbelievable. OK, 50 for me… I think after a long stretch where Ferrari didn’t win here, I saw the people around and they were super happy so I’m sure they had a blast and will have a blast tonight. I’m just happy.”