Canada a 'major wake-up call' for Mercedes

Ferrari F1 ace Sebastian Vettel on pole with record lap at Canadian Grand Prix

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Vettel also took the lead in drivers standings by a single point over Mercedes ace Lewis Hamilton, who struggled early with engine overheating problems but rallied to finish fifth.

Vettel picked up his second career victory at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and the first for Ferrari in Montreal since Michael Schumacher won three in a row from 2002-04. He didn't reply even to the apology from his race engineer: "Sorry, mate". He now drops a point behind Vettel in the championship standings.

He attempted to pass Bottas at the first corner, but avoided contact with the Finn, and then kept him honest throughout the race, crossing the line less than one second behind the Mercedes vehicle. Some of the marshals were already celebrating - I think they peaked a bit early.

The balance of the Ferrari wasn't right, Max Verstappen set the pace for Red Bull and Vettel brushed the wall at the end of practice one then sat out the first 34 minutes of the second session while waiting for the vehicle to be repaired.

When asked if Mercedes are confident they can get on top of their problems, Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff said: "I'm the opposite of confident".

Luckily, this mistake had no bearing on the final result, with only the fastest lap going to Verstappen rather than Ricciardo, but it's safe to say fans weren't impressed.

When asked if he was anxious errors could start creeping in as a result of an intense fight, he said: "I think you need to get the right balance between pushing development very hard, adding performance to the auto and at the same time keeping reliability".

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Mercedes were never in the victory equation, having not got engine updates ready in time for the race while Ferrari and Red Bull both had new parts. "I will take this loss with my head held high and then hopefully have a better couple of races". Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen crossed the line 8.3 seconds after Vettel to claim the third spot on the podium.

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. In third place is Bottas with 86 points.

A steward's investigation found neither driver at fault.

"We need to review procedures and make sure we have a very simple procedure for every circuit", added Whiting.

Here's what else we learned in the Canadian GP.

The absolute dead silence from Fernando Alonso as his McLaren team instructed him to retire his auto in his 300th career F1 race was both poignant and strangely hilarious. The Spaniard was forced out with engine trouble after 42 laps.

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