Hamilton thought engine "was going to fail" during Canadian GP

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

His win was never in doubt after he surged off the starting line and controlled the race to claim his 50th grand prix win - despite the chequered flag accidentaly being waved one lap before the finish by Canadian model Winnie Harlow - and apply the championship pressure back on to Hamilton.

Defending four-time champion Briton Hamilton finished fifth, extending his run of points-scoring finishes to a record 32 races, but he slipped a point behind German Vettel in the title race. Vettel had taken pole on Saturday, and, on Sunday, moved into the lead of the race early on.

"It is a three-way team fight and six cars can win races. We had seven races this year, I think some were phenomenal, some were boring", he told a news conference.

Mercedes came to Montreal intending to introduce a new upgraded engine, but chose to postpone it due to reliability concerns while both Ferrari and Red Bull raced with theirs.

"Some of the marshals were already celebrating", he said.

This was the Italian team's first Canadian GP win since Michael Schumacher in 2004, a race Vettel watched on television as a teenager at home in Germany. Lewis Hamilton could only finish fifth.

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After making his pole position stick into turn one and waiting patiently during a six-lap period under the safety auto, Hamilton rapidlystretched his lead over championship rival Sebastian Vettel, who had overtaken Valtteri Bottas at the start.

"I'm the opposite of confident", Mercedes executive director Toto Wolff said.

As so frequently seems to be the case, the Formula One race opened with a massive crash on the first lap, which promptly ushered in the safety vehicle.

But Vettel says it is inevitable that some races will be more uneventful than others, and delivered a staunch defence of excitement levels in F1. Verstappen, who recovered from a dismal performance at Monaco to impress during the Free Practice sessions at Montreal, managed to get close to Bottas during the closing stages of the race, however, he crossed the line 0.1 seconds behind him. "It might have been a lot worse".

"I'm not saying that it has contributed in any way, it was just something a little bit different". "I have complete confidence in my guys, and I'm putting all my energy toward them". Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) 20.892, 5.

An opening-lap collision saw Brendon Hartley and home favourite Lance Stroll take their leave nearly immediately, while Fernando Alonso's 300th grand prix was not an occasion to celebrate as he, too, retired early. A year ago, Stroll picked up the first Formula One points of his career in his hometown.

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