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

Mercedes take top two podium spots in Canadian Grand Prix

Mercedes take top two podium spots in Canadian Grand Prix

The Ferrari driver recovered to finish fourth, while Hamilton's team-mate Valtteri Bottas crossed the line in second to complete Mercedes' first one-two finish of the season as Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo claimed the final spot on the podium. Ferrari had been stymied nearly from the start. His team mate Kimi Raikkonen was seventh.

Despite the win, Hamilton is still behind Vettel in the Driver Standings.

"I did not do a great restart after the safety vehicle went in, but once I got on to the main straight it was all under control from there".

"It's a bit hard to read - I think Mercedes were very strong in the race, but it's also a different story when you can control the race, the pace, the tyres".

Hamilton had indeed been untouchable in front. It is a long race, particularly when you are out there on your own. It was our first one-two finish of the year and in terms of ultimate points, it was the most powerful weekend we have had and maximised.

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The German and Hamilton now have three wins each, with Bottas taking the other. The deft touch and steely nerve that Montreal demands were once again to the fore and, although he was not under pressure, he did not put a foot wrong.

"He was the better man today", Vettel said.

"There were no troubles today, it was a lovely Sunday drive", enthused Hamilton.

Force India driver Sergio Perez rounded out the top five. However, the Mexican refused to budge and asked the team to let them race instead. Hamilton pulled away cleanly at the start of the race and there was no catching up with him from there.

Renault's Jolyon Palmer just missed out on the points in 11th place ahead of Haas' Kevin Magnussen. It changed the complexion of Vettel's afternoon immediately.

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While Hamilton left from the pole and was never challenged, Vettel had to work his way back up to the front after sustaining damage to his front wing when Max Verstappen cut across his nose at the start.

Halfway through the race, Hamilton lead Bottas from Ricciardo, with Perez, Ocon and Raikkonen all battling for fourth.

Meanwhile, things didn't go well for the Ferrari camp.

He was, nevertheless, disappointed but accepted the clash at the start had been a racing incident. "It was bad that we didn't spot it - I had a little bit of a feel [that there was damage] out of Turn 6 and then the safety vehicle came, but I wasn't sure because it was the first lap of the race and it was very windy, so I thought it might have been a gust and the first lap the tyres are not there". This contact spun the Toro Rosso, which then collided with Felipe Massa's Williams, thus ending the race of both cars. He [Verstappen] ran over my front wing. He [Verstappen] saw his gap, fair enough, then he ran over my front wing, you don't do that on goal because there's a chance of a puncture.

The first Canadian to race at home in Formula One since 1997 champion Jacques Villeneuve in 2006, Stroll and his Williams team are hoping the 18-year-old can snatch his first points of the season.

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Their rivalry this season had been a friendly one up until yesterday but Lauda now expects the dynamic between the pair to change. Hamilton's Mercedes appeared to slow down coming out of a corner and Vettel's Ferrari ran in the back of him.

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