Mercedes loses ground in Canadian Grand Prix

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"It is a three-way team fight and six cars can win races".

"The chequered flag was shown a lap early because of a miscommunication with the guy that they call the starter here, who starts and finishes the races", said Whiting. "We had seven races this year, I think some were phenomenal, some were boring", he told a news conference.

Vettel proceeded to dominate from lights to flag in Montreal, giving the team their first Canadian win since Michael Schumacher in 2004.

The Englishman, who arrived in North America with a 14-point lead over Vettel, will now head to the next round in France trailing his Ferrari rival by one point.

Valtteri Bottas came in second place for the fourth time this season while Lewis Hamilton's fifth-place finish meant he gave up his place at the top of the standings to victor Sebastian Vettel.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said the team tried to "manage the situation" in the first stint but eventually it had to bring Hamilton in to modify the cooling set-up on the auto. "Everybody needs to assess how to improve performance".

"Fortunately, we had radio and we had the lap counter in the auto and my pit board was accurate", said the four-time world champion Ferrari driver.

Sebastian Vettel triumphed in Canada
Sebastian Vettel triumphed in Canada

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 auto.

Sebastian Vettel described Friday practice for the Canadian Grand Prix as "a disaster".

"Lewis had one of those off-weekends totally", said the German.

The Italian outfit had done their job magnificently, allowing Sebastian Vettel to take a commanding pole position on Saturday and an unchallenged win on Sunday, although behind-the-scenes workings of the engineers and aerodynamicists would doubtlessly have been more absorbing than the actual race, which turned out to be a processional bore. "It's nice to become part of that story, hopefully a little bit more in the future". But it could get a lot worse. These are teams McLaren would have led us to believe they would comfortably beat after changing from the Honda to the Renault engine-highlighting once again that the British outfit likely did everything it could in the past years to minimize its own shortcomings in the media and make Honda a somewhat undeserving scapegoat.

Hamilton said he would never doubt the team's ability to fix its problems. "I could have had a DNF (did not finish)" which would have put him another 10 points behind Vettel, he said.

The day was less positive for two-time world champion Fernando Alonso, who was celebrating his 300th Formula One race.

The opening lap saw Torro Rosso's Brendon Hartley and Williams driver Lance Stroll end their race after a collision, but that was the only dramatic crash to witness.

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