Sebastian Vettel regained the Formula 1 points lead with a dominant victory in a Canadian Grand Prix that ended in confusion when the chequered flag was waved early.
The Ferrari driver led every lap of the race on the Montreal street circuit. The only real drama he encountered was when model Winnie Harlow waved the chequered flag too early. Although Vettel realised the error and completed the full 70 laps, race officials elected to declare the race early, with the result announced after 68 laps.
Here’s what else we learned in the Canadian GP.
You can’t fool Vettel
Despite seeing the chequered flag waved early, Vettel was quick enough to realise he hadn’t completed the race distance — and kept on pushing. Noting that he had a lap count on his steering wheel and on his pit board, he said: “After I saw the flag, I told the team ‘I think the race isn’t over yet’ and they said ‘No, keep pushing’. Some of the marshals were already celebrating — I think they peaked a bit early. Most of them are men, so it might happen.”
Wake up call for Mercedes
Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said his squad needed to “wake up” after a poor showing in Montreal.