Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Triumph for Lewis Hamilton in Montreal, Daniel Ricciardo third again

Triumph for Lewis Hamilton in Montreal, Daniel Ricciardo third again

Vettel's afternoon was scuppered by a first-corner incident with Max Verstappen which forced him to stop for a new front wing, and with it, fall to the back of the field.

"I didn't really have anywhere to go because Lewis was in front, so if I brake later, then I run into Lewis", Vettel said.

"It's been an incredible weekend - I couldn't be happier", the 32-year-old Hamilton said after the race.

"I was really able to absorb the moment and enjoy driving the vehicle. I am over the moon". "I could feel the crowd behind me unlike the first year because now people know me". We were supposed to stop on lap 21 and if Valtteri was in second he would stop before me.

It was Hamilton's fourth career Grand Slam - winning the pole, leading every lap, winning the race and posting the fastest lap, and he cut Sebastien Vettel's lead in the championship standings from 25 points to 12.

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. "Lewis delivered a stellar performance this weekend with a pole lap that was nearly scary when you watch the onboard, and then a totally dominant race".

Britain's Lewis Hamilton triumphed "with ease" in the Canadian Grand Pix on Sunday held at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.

Coming two weeks after Monaco, where he had qualified badly and finished seventh as Ferrari enjoyed their first one-two since 2010, it was the ideal weekend.

"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 auto and come here and deliver what we delivered - a great blow to Ferrari". "All the guys in the team, in the factory, have really worked hard to fix the issues that we had in the last race to bring it here and really give it to the Ferraris".

The other retirement was Daniil Kvyat who was slow away on the formation lap and then failed to regain his position in time before the grid, earning a drive through penalty.

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

Hamilton and Vettel qualified alongside each other on the front row and were expected to stage a close fight in the race for superiority in a race the Mercedes driver really needed to win to boost his title hopes.

The race started with Hamilton on pole position, which was his 65th career pole.

Vettel's Ferrari team were also slow on the uptake after they failed to spot the German had sustained damage until the safety vehicle - deployed after Carlos Sainz and Felipe Massa crashed out on the opening lap - pitted and the race resumed.

Vettel quickly set about chasing down the pink duo ahead and he got the better of Ocon at turn one, coming down the inside and forcing him wide.

Verstappen, who rose from fifth to second at the start, had to retire after 11 laps with electrical problems. Vettel then passed Perez on the penultimate lap to take fourth.

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