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F1: Vettel, Ferrari roll to victory in Canada

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Sebastian Vettel blitzed the field in Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix, taking off into the lead after starting on the pole, and leading all 70 laps to take an assertive victory on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

The victory, Vettel’s third of the 2018 Formula 1 season, is his second triumph in Canada, and sees him retake the lead of the driver’s world championship over Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, who finished fourth.

Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas tailed Vettel the entire way after fighting off Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen off the start, but Bottas never got nearly close enough to mount a challenge, though he did come home a solid second.

Verstappen completed a resurgent weekend for him, running a trouble-free race to round out the podium in third. Teammate Daniel Ricciardo overtook Hamilton during a sequence of pit stops to finish fourth, relegating Hamilton to a lowly fifth, the Briton having battled a power unit issue during the race.

Kimi Raikkonen finished sixth, followed by the Renault teammates of Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz Jr. in seventh and eighth. Force India’s Esteban Ocon finished ninth, while Sauber’s Charles Leclerc completed yet another solid race to finish in 10th, his third points finish of the season.

Of note: the race was interrupted by a Safety Car for a scary Lap 1 crash involving Williams’ Lance Stroll and Toro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley. The two ran side-by-side on the run up to the second chicane, but Stroll broke loose and, upon correcting his FW41 chassis, drifted right into Hartley.

The two then clouted the outside wall together, with Hartley briefly getting airborne and going onto his side before coming back down right-side up. Both drivers climbed out unhurt, but their days were over on the spot.

Vettel now leads Hamilton by one point in the driver’s championship – Vettel with 121 points, and Hamilton with 120. Bottas also overtook Ricciardo for third in the championship, with 86 points to Ricciardo’s 84.

Full results can be viewed here. Formula 1 next heads to the Circuit Paul Ricard in two weeks for the return of the French Grand Prix on June 24.

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Indy Lights: Oliver Askew wins Freedom 100 in thrilling finish

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Oliver Askew won Friday’s Freedom 100 Indy Lights race in thrilling fashion, narrowly edging out Ryan Norman for the victory by an incredibly slim margin – 0.0067 seconds to be exact – in the fourth-closest finish in Freedom 100 history.

Askew took the lead away from teammate Norman just a few feet away from the yard of bricks on the final lap, which was all he needed to claim his third win of his maiden Indy Lights season.

“This is unreal,” Askew told NBC Sports in Victory Lane. “I’ve never raced in front of so many people in my life. This is unbelievable.”

“I woke up this morning and I felt like this could be the day. Starting from eighth, I knew I was going to have a good car. This is incredible. Oh my gosh.”

With Askew and Norman finishing 1-2, Rinus VeeKay would finish the race in the third position. Toby Sowery and Dalton Kellett would round out the top five, finishing fourth and fifth, respectively.

Race polesitter Robert Megennis would be the last driver to finish on the lead lap, taking the checkered flag in the eighth position.

The yellow flag would fly twice in the 40-lap event, with the first caution coming out on lap two when David Malukas spun in Turn 4.

Malukas would make contact with Chris Windom, sending both drivers violently into the inside wall. Both drivers would walk away from the incident safely.

The second caution of the day came out on lap 30 when Sowery made contact with Megennis at speed in Turn 1, causing Sowery’s car to turn in to the nose of the No. 2 car of Megennis. Somehow, both drivers were able to save their cars from making contact with the wall and would continue to race, though Sowery was assessed a penalty for avoidable contact.

With his victory, Askew now sits at the top of the series points standings with 190. He leads VeeKay by 11 points.

The Indy Lights schedule now moves on to Road America, with a double header scheduled for Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23. Both races will air live on NBC Sports Gold.

Click here for full Freedom 100 results

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