Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Lewis Hamilton eclipses Canadian Grand Prix for 6th time


Canadian Grand Prix victor Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes has dealt Formula One rival Ferrari "a great blow" after securing its first one-two of the season in Montreal.

A week after missing the podium completely in Monaco, Mercedes posted its first 1-2 finish of the season. The team radio confirmed that it had been "a walk in the walk" for their driver. Red Bull is a distant third with 112 points.

Vettel, starting alongside, got caught in a sandwich as Bottas shot past him on one side and Verstappen on the other, clipping the German's front wing.

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Having cut Vettel's championship lead down to 12 points, Hamilton says Mercedes is now back where it needs to be to sustain its title challenge.

Nico Hulkenberg was eighth for Renault, while there was home delight as Canadian driver Lance Stroll scored his first points in F1 when he finished ninth in his Williams.

Hamilton started on pole for the 50th edition of the Canadian Formula 1 race after putting in a pole lap of the ages on Saturday.

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Vettel fell from second the fourth off the start as his Ferrari was clipped by Verstappen. This contact spun the Toro Rosso, which then collided with Felipe Massa's Williams, thus ending the race of both cars. "Seeing the Ferrari further back, I thought, 'That's fantastic for us'". That ended the race for Sainz and Massa, while Grosjean pitted for a new nose piece. Hamilton's lead was only in doubt for a brief moment on lap four, when Max Verstappen attacked him soon after the safety vehicle had stepped aside, but the Briton was able to fend him off. Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel (5), of Germany, competes during race action at the Canadian Grand Prix auto race Sunday, June 11, 2017, in Montreal.

As such Mercedes are now back in charge of the Constructors' Championship, 222 points to Ferrari's 214.

Verstappen was running in second and holding onto the back of Hamilton's Mercedes when his engine died on Lap 11. He coasted to a halt on the grass verge exiting turn 2, and the recovery of the vehicle was handled under a virtual safety auto. His teammate, Kevin Magnussen, finished 12th. "I came up a lap short". 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. Going against the flow, Ricciardo was fitted out with the more durable soft compound. They had little problem blasting past the underpowered McLaren.

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Lewis Hamilton held the bright yellow helmet over his head for the cheering crowd to see, and gave it a kiss as if he had already won the weekend's biggest prize. Hamilton also clocked the race's fastest lap time. Vettel initially rejected that call but finally complied on lap 49 which dropped the two Ferraris behind both Force Indias. His team mate Kimi Raikkonen was seventh. The Finn, suffering from brake issues, went straight on at the final chicane and Vettel passed him for sixth place on lap 61.

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