Scuderia Ferrari German driver Sebastian Vettel started the 2017 Canadian Grand Prix from second place on the grid, but needed a new front wing and damaged the floor of his SF70H car after coming into contact with a rampaging Max Verstappen in the first lap. The incident forced the current Formula One World Champion leader, whose lead is now down to only 12 points after Lewis Hamilton’s win on Sunday, to make a very early pit stop, which unfortunately compromised his chances of fighting vor victory in Montreal.
However, a switch back to the ultras on a two-stop strategy gave him the possibility to pass team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and the two Force India cars for a fourth place finish, which can be considered a good result given the difficult circumstances surrounding the start of the race. Yet, Sebastian Vettel admitted to being frustrated for the fact that he ran out of time in order to catch up with Daniel Ricciardo, who claimed the final podium spot for Red Bull:
“I wanted to get a trophy and I didn’t get one. It’s pretty nasty, we have the trophy in front of us at the start of the race – like ‘here’s what you could have won’. We had a rough start but I still believed, and when we came back to that group I was fairly confident.” – the Scuderia Ferrari German driver explained, as reported by the Italian media after the 2017 Canadian Grand Prix, the seventh round of the Formula One season and at the same time the most difficult race for the Maranello team this championship.
Asked to comment on the incident with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, Seb then added: “It didn’t just fall off. Three cars into turn one just doesn’t work. He saw his gap, fair enough, and he ran into my front wing. You don’t do that on purpose because the risk of a puncture is high.” – Sebastian Vettel concluded.