Fer­rari’s Se­bas­tian Vet­tel wins Cana­dian Grand Prix

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MON­TREAL (AP) — Se­bas­tian Vet­tel led from the pole to the check­ered flag — and then some — to claim a long-awaited Fer­rari vic­tory at the Cana­dian Grand Prix.

The four-time world cham­pion sped on after the check­ered flag was waved one lap too early, fin­ish­ing his wire-to-wire vic­tory at the Cir­cuit Gilles Vil­leneuve on Sun­day to claim his third win of the year and the lead in the For­mula One stand­ings.

“I was a bit con­fused. I told them I don’t think the race is over yet,” said Vet­tel, who con­firmed on the counter in his car and with his team that he was only com­plet­ing his 69th of the sched­uled 70 laps.

“Some of the mar­shals were al­ready cel­e­brat­ing,” he said. “I was just wor­ried that peo­ple don’t jump on the track and start cel­e­brat­ing. We’re still go­ing at full pace.”

Cana­dian model Win­nie Har­low blamed race of­fi­cials for telling her the wrong time to wave the flag. For­mula One reg­u­la­tions say that if a check­ered flag is waved too early, the race is over as of the last com­pleted lap, mak­ing the re­sults of­fi­cial as through 68 laps.

F1 spokesman Mat­teo Bon­ciani said there was con­fu­sion get­ting the message from a course of­fi­cial to Har­low on the plat­form.

“WHEN THEY TELL YOU TO WAVE THE FLAG A LAP TOO EARLY!” Har­low wrote on In­sta­gram. “You had one job sir!!! Ha­haha but so grate­ful ev­ery­one was safe to­day and no one got hurt!”

Had any pass­ing oc­curred on the 69th or 70th laps, they would not have counted, Bon­ciani said. But there was not, and Vet­tel picked up the 50th of his ca­reer, his sec­ond in Mon­treal and the first for Fer­rari at the track since Michael Schu­macher won three in a row from 2002-04.

Mercedes was sec­ond with Valt­teri Bot­tas — not erst­while cham­pi­onship leader Lewis Hamil­ton — about six sec­onds back after never re­ally chal­leng­ing for the win. Max Ver­stap­pen was third and the other Red Bull car, driven by Daniel Ric­cia­rdo, was fourth.

Hamil­ton, who was fifth on Sun­day, fell from the top of the For­mula One stand­ings and now trails Vet­tel by one point, 121-120.

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