Track Torque: Vettel retakes championship lead in Montreal

Rod Kinsey.

Sebastian Vettel’s victory at the Canadian Grand Prix last Sunday was his 50th overall.

By winning, he overtook Lewis Hamilton in the driver’s championship and if he goes on to win at the end of the season, he’ll join Juan Manuel Fangio with five titles.

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Vettel, who now has 121 points to Hamilton’s 120, drove a fabulous race in Montreal despite pressure from Valtteri Bottas, who took second place.

The exciting speedster Max Verstappen was third and was more ‘Mellow Max’ than ‘Mad Max’ this time around.

His Red Bull had an upgraded Renault engine with an extra 10 or so horsepower and, although the works Renault had the same, he lapped them.

Daniel Ricciardo was next in fourth position.

He had a good dice with Lewis Hamilton, who had some overheating problems which the team seemed to solve by untaping some of the ventilation holes.

Try as he might, Hamilton could not get past Ricciardo and had to settle for fifth place.

Kimi Raikkonen was a disappointing sixth, having a mixed race on a tyre strategy that didn’t really work for him.

Although Ferrari finished first and sixth it was a great weekend for them as it ended a drought of wins in Canada since 2004.

Mercedes lead on 206 to Ferrari’s 189.

Taking places seven to 10 respectively were Nico Hulkenberg, Carlos Sainz, Esteban Ocon and Charles Leclerc.

With Honda getting their act together and power improving all of the time, it is looking more and more likely that Red Bull will use the Japanese power unit from next year.

I think this could be really exciting and put both Red Bull and Honda back at the top where they deserve to be.

Next up is the French Grand Prix on June 24.

This weekend is the 86th running of the Le Mans 24-hour race starting at 3pm on Saturday.

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As Porsche and Audi have both pulled out of the LMP1 category (Le Mans prototype), it is almost certain that Toyota will have everything its own way this weekend.

The car driven by Fernando Alonso and others is expected to be the winner but the 24 hours of gruelling racing make things unpredictable.

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