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Vettel wins Canadian GP; Stroll exits early

Vettel wins Canadian GP; Stroll exits early

The flag itself was waved by model Winnie Harlow, but FIA race director Charlie Whiting was keen to stress that the mistake was not her fault.

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.

Vettel says starting on the purple-wall tyres was a straightforward decision to make and hope it'll work out in his favour to win around Canada for the first time since 2013.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen took third after a valiant but unsuccessful attempt to pass Bottas through the first two corners. In fact, he told the flag waver to wave it a lap early, so it wasn't anything to do with the fact it was a celebrity flag waver.

This marked the first Montreal race that a Ferrari driver won the pole position since Michael Schumacher took the first grid back in 2001.

"Perfect is probably a good way to describe it. We've had seven races this year, I think some were phenomenal, some were boring".

"It's 50 for me but after a long stretch that Ferrari didn't win here, I saw the people around and they were super happy".

Vettel referred to the upcoming World Cup and said fans would watch that passionately regardless of the quality of every match.

It means Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull have each won one of the last three races and Wolff expects the pendulum between the top three teams to keep swinging back and forth.

It was left to Bottas to chase Vettel, who made a clean getaway from the start, with Verstappen nearly passing the Finn before the order settled down.

Finn Kimi Raikkonen finished sixth in the second Ferrari. Force India's Esteban Ocon finished ninth, while Sauber's Charles Leclerc completed yet another solid race to finish in 10th, his third points finish of the season.

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 vehicle following a huge crash between Toro Rosso's Brendon Hartley and Williams' Lance Stroll.

The New Zealander appeared to be squeezed into the barriers as Stroll, with a puncture, moved sideways ahead of him at Turn Five and the Toro Rosso was lifted off the ground before both flew off the track.

McLaren's Fernando Alonso chalked up 300 career grands prix but the Spaniard had little to celebrate as the two-time world champion's day came to an early end, his McLaren coasting to a stop midway through the race with a mechanical failure.

They should have new pieces for the next race June 24 in Le Castellet in France.