Vettel disappointed to not reach podium in Canada

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Sebastian Vettel felt disappointed not to have finished on the podium in Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix despite charging from 18th on the grid to cross the line in fifth place.

Vettel was unable to make it out of Q1 on Saturday due to a lack of engine power and was then handed a grid penalty for passing Roberto Merhi under a red flag during FP3.

Starting 18th, the German driver made a good start to pass Felipe Nasr, Carlos Sainz Jr and Fernando Alonso on the super-soft tire, but became stuck behind Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Massa in their battle for 11th place.

Ferrari opted to pit Vettel to prevent him from losing any more time behind this battle, allowing him to find some clean air on the prime tire. Although he had to switch to a two-stop strategy, it worked in the German’s favor as he rose to fifth place by the end of the race.

Speaking to NBCSN after the checkered flag, Vettel admitted that although he was pleased with his aggressive charge through the field, he felt a podium finish was within Ferrari’s reach.

In fact, this raced marked the first race of the season that Ferrari did not finish on the podium, with Valtteri Bottas claiming Williams’ maiden top three finish of 2015.

Steve Torrence takes NHRA points lead with Gatornationals victory

NHRA Gainesville Steve Torrence
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Two-time defending NHRA Top Fuel champion Steve Torrence took the points lead Sunday in the AMALIE Motor Oil Gatornationals, beating his father, Billy, in the final round at Gainesville Raceway.

Torrence had a 3.809-second run at 322.11 mph to win for the third time this year and 39th overall. He is now on track for another championship despite missing the season opener.

“We’ve got some good momentum and to be in the points lead, it’s a testament to how hard these guys work,” Steve Torrence said after the NHRA Gainesville victory. “We’ve just got to stay focused and concentrate on what the task at hand is, and that’s trying to win a championship. These guys give me an unbelievable race car and you just try not to screw it up.”

Ron Capps won in Funny Car, Alex Laughlin in Pro Stock and Matt Smith in Pro Stock Motorcycle.

Capps raced to his second win this year and 66th overall, beating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.937 at 323.12 in a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat.

Laughlin topped Aaron Stanfield with a 7.068 at 204.76 in a Chevrolet Camaro for his first win this season and fourth in his career. Smith rode to his first victory in 2020 and 25th overall, topping Andrew Hines with a 6.843 at 196.99 on an EBR.