Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel led a lights to flag victory at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal. Behind him were Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull driver Max Verstappen. Vettel remained largely untroubled for the entire race but Bottas began to fall into Max’s clutches by the end of the race.
Meanwhile, for 4th and 5th, Daniel Ricciardo and Lewis Hamilton were locked in their own duel. Raikkonen was having his own race in 6th ahead of the rest of the pack. At the start of the race, everyone got through the first corner unscathed, then came the chaos.
Brendon Hartley tried a move round the outside of Lance Stroll but was squeezed into the wall. Stroll himself had lost control of his Williams and both drivers were out of the race.
After the safety car, things settled down for a bit, with the only other casualty being Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard, racing in his 300th GP was forced to retire with a mechanical issue.
There were issues in the end as well when the chequered flag was flown before the actual ending of the race. The flag is meant to mark the end of the race and instead of lap 70, it was flown at lap 69 due to a miscommunication caused by the FIA. The flag was waved by model Winnie Harlow, who was a Mercedes guest. As a part of the regulations, the standings till lap 68 were considered, which caused no major shake up apart from the fastest lap of the race title being given to Max Verstappen instead of Daniel Ricciardo.
Other than that, there was nothing particularly exciting. There were barely any overtakes in a circuit that has largely hosted exciting races.
The fans on Twitter weren’t too happy with the snooze fest the race was. Here are some of the best tweets that summed up the Canadian Grand Prix:
Don't blame Winnie Harlow for the #CanadianGP ending early after the chequered flag was unfurled prematurely…
— Sky Sports F1 (@SkySportsF1) June 11, 2018
We have a new championship leader, one third into the season
— Formula 1 (@F1) June 10, 2018
WATCH: @DanielRicciardo’s face when he finds out his fastest lap didn’t count because of the early chequered flag and that it went to @Max33Verstappen 😮😮😮
Poor Daniel 😂😂😂
📺 Sky Go: https://t.co/fxH1316WnM #SkyF1 #F1 #CanadianGP pic.twitter.com/v3lAoSc7V8
— Sky Sports F1 (@SkySportsF1) June 10, 2018
— Giedo van der Garde (@GvanderGarde) June 10, 2018
Also a big fucking grazie ragazzi that this race is over… #CanadianGP
— Giedo van der Garde (@GvanderGarde) June 10, 2018
You let Hamiltons friend wave the flag and she fucks it up , sorry but celebs for me have no place in @f1 , it annoys me to see them all get special privileges when real fans work hard to just get a seat in the crowd #CanadianGP
— SARAH PHELAN (@sarahhph) June 10, 2018
so the model on the grid who admitted she had no interest in F1 then goes on to wave the chequered flag a lap early, can we just kick all the celebs out please? #F1 #CanadianGP pic.twitter.com/lET9a0VZqU
— lucy (@lucygreeeen) June 10, 2018
Christian Horner to Max Verstappen: "I think Lewis Hamilton's girlfriend waved the flag a lap early there" #CanadianGP
— Sean Kelly (@virtualstatman) June 10, 2018
Even the flag man's like…
— James Wagner (@JamesWagnerTW) June 10, 2018
— Nico Hülkenberg (@HulkHulkenberg) June 10, 2018
— Romain Grosjean (@RGrosjean) June 10, 2018
Sebastian Vettel's victory celebrations on the podium 💪☝
— Sebastian Vettel #5 (@sebvettelnews) June 10, 2018
— Yannick (@AufziehGeist) June 10, 2018
An emotional Vettel about Michael: "In the last laps I thought about Michael. About the last win here. Yes it is our job but it‘s incredible to be able to drive the same car as him. It‘s sad that he can‘t be here and spent and enjoy the day as a Ferraristi."#CanadianGP #Seb5 pic.twitter.com/DGFY3Yyo5B
— tami. (@Vetteleclerc) June 10, 2018
Today’s a good day. Rafael Nadal & Sebastian Vettel 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼😍
— Adel Ebrahim (@AdellEbrahim) June 10, 2018
Sebastian Vettel is king of Formula one #seb5
— InSanè (@JohnDilinqaSA) June 10, 2018
gotta love how sebastian vettel gets animated after a podium finish
— brown boy fly (@agabamelvin) June 10, 2018
— Mariano Castro (@Marianncstro) June 10, 2018
Great result by Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel. Topnotch from start to finish. First Ferrari win since 2004 at Montreal.
— Joseph Bonner (@Bloodhound1013) June 10, 2018
Canadian Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel wins to take lead in title race: Sebastian Vettel's 50th career victory in the Canadian Grand Prix Sunday saw him replace Lewis Hamilton at the top of the championship standings to cap an emotional day for the… https://t.co/DGxEE6timH pic.twitter.com/k2ovujb33R
— Daily Deals USA (@Daily_trend_USA) June 10, 2018
— DC Meloncello (@DCMeloncello) June 10, 2018
— Ed ~ #IndieSelect ~ shmup / bullet hell & STAY (@ConAirNL) June 10, 2018
at the end of Sebastian Vettel's career you'll see a massive difference between him and Michael.
— – (@GolazoRonaldo) June 10, 2018
The festivities of the 2018 edition of the Formula 1 Grand Prix were great success!
The star of this year was the one that sparked the craze for the Formula in Quebec, Gilles Villeneuve (1950-1982)
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel won Sunday's race.
SEE PHOTOShttps://t.co/PslDIAKktg pic.twitter.com/C7DWEroDOg
— BERNARD BUJOLD (@LeStudio1) June 10, 2018