Published: Mon, June 12, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

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Lewis Hamilton managed to avoid the jostling for position behind him on the opening lap of the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday. Vettel then overtook Sergio Pérez two lap laters and had the race lasted just another two laps he would have very likely gotten past Ricciardo as well.

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The new twist: Valtteri Bottas was second, the first 1-2 finish for the Mercedes teammates since they joined forces this season.

"I think for us, we really solidified our strength, we've got a better understanding of the auto and hope we can put it in the same spot in the following races", he told Sky Sports television. "Hopefully the Hamilton-Vettel duel will remain tense all the way to the end".

Bottas said: "As a team we really needed this one-two to get the points and I am very proud of this team and what they have done since Monaco".

Despite Hamilton's dominant win, however, it was rival Sebastian Vettel who stole the spotlight after Max Verstappen broke part of the German's front wing at the start, forcing him to head to the pits for a replacement.

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"I don't think he did it on objective because normally you get a puncture, so in that regard he was lucky that he didn't get one".

"I had a little bit of a feel out of Turn Six and then the safety auto came", he said.

"We should have spotted [the damage] and got a free pitstop".

"I had my first win here and my first pole", Hamilton said.

"I just committed halfway down the straight and said 'I go down the inside no matter what, '" Vettel recalled.

Vettel almost handed the position back with an error on the next lap, but ultimately eased past Sergio Perez for fourth and finished just 0.6 seconds behind third-placed Ricciardo.

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"In these five years [with Mercedes], I've not seen the team pull so well together and work towards the same cause, to understand the vehicle and come here and deliver what we delivered - a great blow to Ferrari".

Mercedes lead the championship by eight points following the race in Montreal.

Further down the field, there was more agony for Fernando Alonso whose Honda engine gave up the ghost in the closing laps of the race.

The first lap also saw the horrific crash between Carlos Sainz and Romain Grosjean, which prompted for the safety auto on track.

Finn Kimi Raikkonen finished seventh in the second Ferrari ahead of German Nico Huelkenberg of Renault, with local hero and teenage rookie Lance Stroll of Canada taking ninth for Williams and Frenchman Romain Grosjean 10th for Haas. They are going to be very hard to beat.

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