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Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Lewis Hamilton doubted he would finish Canadian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton doubted he would finish Canadian Grand Prix

"Hopefully a bit more in the future". In qualifying and the race.

"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".

There were also concerns the Silver Arrows would struggle on the hypersoft Pirelli tyre, as they did when the compound made its race weekend debut last time out in Monaco.

"That was amusing", said Vettel.

"I think people who don't work in Formula 1 sometimes are confused by the graphic that they see on the screen where it says 69 out of 70".

"Some of the marshals were already celebrating", said Vettel, who had realized the flag came out too early because he had a lap counter in his vehicle. So for us to take a few points away, I think it's a little win and gives us a lot of encouragement coming in for the next few races. "But overall, it's been a great day".

After the race, Red Bull boss Christian Horner confirmed Verstappen had attended the event on his own.

The official results were later determined based on the 68th lap to avoid any impact the early flag might have had.

The win marks the 50th for the 30-year-old German in his F1 career, and gives him the lead in the drivers' championship by one point over Mercedes defending champion Lewis Hamilton, who finished fifth.

Ricciardo is two points behind Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas in the standings and will hope to move ahead of the Finn next time out at the French Grand Prix - the first since 2008. This early stop allowed Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo to get ahead of him and Hamilton was never able to get close enough to pass the Australian late on. 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. It was the same for Bottas running behind Vettel.

Lewis Hamilton accepts Mercedes have "fallen back" in F1's pecking order over the last month but retains absolute faith that their 2018 auto can take him to a fifth world title.

"I think we've got potential in this vehicle and when you guys are writing your stories, I think past year there was "oh, Mercedes have the best car" and all those different things, but ultimately I think we did the better job", he added. "But I'm so grateful no one was hurt!"

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

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