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 (Monday, Manila time) to claim his third win of the year and the lead in the Formula One standings.
It was Ferrari's first win in Canada since 2004 and came from their first pole there in 17 years.
It's Vettel's 50th career win and his third of the season. Mercedes sent him into the pits early to deal with the issue but unusually out of sorts at a track where he has won six times, he was then jumped during the stop by Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and a race that had quickly become a damage-limitation exercise was proving to be a real struggle.
Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was sixth, and said it had been a boring race, with Renault's Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz seventh and eighth.
"Perfect is probably a good way to describe it".
It means Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull have each won one of the last three races and Wolff expects the pendulum between the top three teams to keep swinging back and forth.More news: US Embassy in China sends new alert for mystery health issue
"I'm just so happy because all of a sudden at the start I was down on power". It means a lot.
"I think they've waited long enough for Ferrari to do well here".
"I need to look into it to see exactly what it is, but there was a good chunk of time there, definitely in that corner alone there was pole position for sure if I'd figured out how to fix it". It's Vettel's fourth pole on the Ile Notre-Dame, and his first since 2013.
It was left to Bottas to chase Vettel, who made a clean getaway from the start, with Verstappen nearly passing the Finn before the order settled down. Bottas was first to blink on lap 37, Vettel following one lap later, both going to super-softs. "I could have had a DNF (did not finish)" which would have put him another 10 points behind Vettel, he said.
"We knew that, in general, we're lacking power, so we just try to compensate with that", said Verstappen. "Sorry mate, gutted", said his McLaren engineer.
But Hamilton, so often the master here in Montreal, had to settle for fifth on a weekend to forget for the defending champion and his team.