Lewis Hamilton takes Formula 1 championship lead as Brendon Hartley finishes 14th

He can split this award with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, who executed a good pass on Vettel on lap 34 after forcing the Ferrari driver into a mistake on the edge of the hairpin.

While Vettel had once again come alive in qualifying, his team mate Kimi Raikkonen once again found it hard to sustain his form when it really mattered.

"Great work guys! I'm so happy for England as well", he said over the team radio, referring to England's 6-1 World Cup demolition of Panama.

"It's a lovely Sunday, everyone".

The win means Hamilton returns to the top of the drivers' championship ahead of Vettel, who drops down to second place. Mercedes had dominated practice and locked out the front row in qualifying.

There's no rest for F1 either as the teams now head straight to the Red Bull Ring for the Austrian Grand Prix in a week's time, with the Ferrari's keen for a quick response and Red Bull desperate to finally win at their home circuit.

The latest specification engine had been due for introduction in Canada two weekends ago but that was postponed at short notice due to concerns about an unspecified "quality issue".

Vettel smashed into Bottas's Mercedes on the 210mph opening-bend charge here at the Paul Ricard Circuit, and he was forced to stop for a new front wing.

Hamilton started on pole after an impressive qualifying lap yesterday and did the business again today to take the chequered flag and regain top spot in the drivers' championship from Sebastian Vettel. After the race, Vettel made no attempt to shift the blame onto his rival.

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Vettel limped back to the pits to get a new nose piece while Bottas got a new tire for the one that was shredded by the nudge from the four-time former champion.

The German went into the back of Hamilton's team-mate, Valtteri Bottas, and was given a five-second penalty by the stewards.

Vettel's hopes of victory vanished in the first corner after he was penalised for hitting Hamilton's team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

Vettel charged on the restart on lap six and moved swiftly through the pack, making it to 12th by the end of lap seven. He was in the points on lap 10, and passed Sainz for fifth 10 laps later.

In the early stages of the season you could not escape the headlines about Max Verstappen and the standard of his driving.

He finished fifth in Montreal, a favourite track, in his worst showing of the season so far. Mercedes kept Hamilton out until lap 33 when he stopped for the soft tyres, emerging behind Raikkonen who had yet to stop.

Out at the front, Hamilton was enjoying a comfortable afternoon as the action began to heat up behind him.

Fernando Alonso said his 16th-place grid position at the French Grand Prix reflects the true performance of the McLaren this weekend and took solace from the fact he beat teammate Stoffel Vandoorne by 0.186s on Sturday.

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