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lind optimism might compel us to describe Sunday night’s Canadian Grand Prix as the perfect plot-thickener for this year’s championship, with Sebastian Vettel producing a dominant gun-to-tape victory to edge ahead of arch-rival Lewis Hamilton by a single point.
But Toto Wolff, Mercedes’ perfectionist team principal, offered rather a different view. Maddened by Ferrari’s irresistible pace here in Montreal, the Austrian said: “It is a s--- result for us ‒ I can only put it like that. The only feeling I have is that we have to wake up.”
After a race devoid of any wheel-to-wheel skirmishes at the front, it fell to Wolff to provide the fireworks with his words. Since 2014, Mercedes have been unanswerably dominant in F1, and yet the sheer ease with which Vettel swept to his 50th win suggested that the threat from Ferrari had seldom been stronger.
This was not an idea that filled Wolff with joy. Asked if he could draw any comfort from Valtteri Bottas finishing second here, with Hamilton fifth, he shot back: “We have fallen behind in every aspect. This is a track where we should have maximised points. It was not about performing damage limitation.” Pressed on whether the result would have “consequences” back at the team base, he said: “That’s necessary. We will look at that internally.”
Mercedes’ failure to bring any engine updates to Canada hurt them grievously, with Hamilton struggling all weekend both in his cornering and straight-line speed. The effect was severe: where the reigning world champion had arrived at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve with a 14-point lead, he left it trailing by one. On this occasion, Vettel was supreme in achieving his 50th win. From the moment he surged away from Bottas off the start line, the outcome looked settled.

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