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Max Verstappen completed a clean sweep in Friday practice for the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix, taking the top spot in both sessions.

Vettel was well aware of the many Prancing Pony flags in the packed grandstands at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve as he kept the lead from pole position and coasted to victory on Sunday. A fifth-place finish was a huge blow to the British driver in the title fight.

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 vehicle. But the number that will matter to Vettel is the one-point advantage he leaves Canada with.

"With the improvements we made for this weekend, mostly on the power unit, introducing a new engine helped us around this track probably a bit more than other tracks, but it was a team effort".

Vettel steered his Ferrari over the 4.36km track in 1 minute 10.764 seconds to deprive Briton Lewis Hamilton of a record seventh pole in Montreal.

In the 40th year since Gilles Villeneuve's victory at the Canadian Grand Prix, it is only fitting that a Ferrari will start at the front.

The team took some time to find its pace over the weekend with Vettel not fully at ease with the vehicle until qualifying when he found the set-up he wanted to deliver an impressive pole, from which he dictated the race and converted into an equally impressive win.

The race was deservedly Vettel's. Bottas was first to blink on lap 37, Vettel following one lap later, both going to super-softs. Even given the new engine Vettel had the pace of the field and managed his one-stop race untroubled to the flag.

"No, it's never easy", said the four-time champion.

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With 20 laps remaining, Hamilton began to find a rhythm to move within a second of Ricciardo while Bottas, at the front, trimmed Vettel's lead to 3.8 seconds.

Ocon came back at the Renaults in the closing stages of the race, prompting Renault to ask Hulkenberg to pick up the pace to prevent Sainz coming under attack.

Bottas said: "I was able to find a lot of performance from FP3 to qualifying and it felt like I got everything out of the vehicle".

He said: "The whole race I was thinking it was going to blow up".

Hamilton is looking to equal Schumacher's record of seven career Canadian GP wins.

Sebastian Vettel, who claimed a dominant lights-to-flag victory, recognised that the flag had been issued too early.

"We extracted the best we could out of qualifying".

After 42 laps, sadly, Fernando Alonso's 300th Grand Prix weekend came to an end when, chasing 10th, he was called in to pit and retire.


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