Sebastian Vettel takes F1 title lead with Canada win

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Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel dominated the Canadian Grand Prix to retake the championship lead as Lewis Hamilton could finish only fifth for Mercedes.Vettel converted pole position into a lead at the first corner and was never headed as he kept Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas at arm's length throughout the race.Red Bull's Max Verstappen took third after a valiant but unsuccessful attempt to pass Bottas through the first two corners.
Hamilton started fourth but dropped back to finish fifth and is a point behind Vettel at the one-third point of the season.In a bizarre end, the chequered flag was waved a lap too early by model Winnie Harlow, only for Vettel to say over team radio: "Tell them not to wave the flag when it's not done." He continued on his way to take it again after the correct 70 laps in the end.The world champion was struggling with engine temperatures in the first part of the race, which forced Mercedes into an earlier than planned pit stop for fresh tyres so they could add more cooling to the car.It meant Hamilton lost a place to Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo at his stop, and the Briton had a nervy moment when Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen emerged alongside him after his much later stop.Hamilton managed to fend the Finn off, and even pulled away despite having tyres that were 16 laps older than Raikkonen's.
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Listen again: 'That is a huge accident!'

Lap one was eventful, as Canadian Lance Stroll lost control of his Williams, sandwiching Toro Rosso's Brendon Hartley between himself and the wall. Hartley subsequently went to hospital for a check-up
Ferrari unnerved by eventful start
Vettel had failed to convert his previous two pole positions, in Azerbaijan and China, into wins, after Ferrari were out-foxed on strategy in Shanghai and he made an error in Baku, but there was never any danger of that happening in Montreal.The German made a strong start and as Bottas was left to fend off Verstappen's attack, the Ferrari started to sprint clear, only for the race to be put under a safety car following a huge crash between Toro Rosso's Brendon Hartley and Williams' Lance Stroll.Hartley was making a move on Stroll through the flat-out Turn Five. The Canadian edged him wide and then the Williams started to slide, collecting Hartley and forcing the Toro Rosso into the barriers.It leapt in the air, half-mounted Stroll's Williams, and the two careered together into the run-off area.Stroll was unhurt but Hartley, who was seen walking back to the pits, was sent to hospital for a scan. Toro Rosso were unable to give any further detail.
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'Not bothered' about title lead
Vettel, for whom this was his 50th victory, said: "Perfect is a good way to describe it. I said yesterday how much this place means for Ferrari. To have a race like we have to day is unbelievable."He said he was "not too bothered" about the fact that he was back in the lead of the championship, saying the first Ferrari win since 2004 at a track that is synonymous with the team because of the Canadian icon Gilles Villeneuve - a Ferrari driver from 1977-82 before his death at the Belgian Grand Prix - was more important. "It is a good side effect but today Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. We had Jacques driving his father's car earlier which was very emotional and to have a win with me driving makes me very proud."
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40 years after Gilles Villeneuve won his home race for Ferrari, his son Jacques drove his car around the Montreal circuit before the race. Father Gilles sadly lost his life racing in 1982
Woe is McLaren
Behind the big six, Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz took seventh and eighth for Renault, striking an important blow against McLaren in their battle for fourth place in the constructors' championship.Fernando Alonso was on course to score at least a point for 10th place on the weekend on which he has been celebrating his 300th grand prix.But he retired with 30 laps to go with a broken exhaust, his second retirement in a row.His team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne could finish only 16th after running the entire race on a set of tyres that were fitted at the end of lap one during the safety car period.It was a dismal race for McLaren, their worst performance of the season and raising concerns that their claims of making progress with the car are not coming to fruition.Behind the Renaults, Force India's Esteban Ocon took ninth and Sauber's Charles Leclerc the final point in another impressive performance by the Monegasque rookie.

Seattle Seahawks star quarterback Russell Wilson caught up with Hamilton on the grid
Driver of the day
It was not the best of races, unusually for Montreal, but Vettel takes it for his imperious performance.
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The Montreal marmots (or groundhogs) were getting very close to the action

Too close, in fact, during Friday practice for Romain Grosjean

Hamilton fans... presumably

Teams took part in their traditional raft race on Saturday evening
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