Hamilton says Mercedes can see the goalposts again

The goalposts may have moved in Formula One this season but, after a dominant one-two in Canada on Sunday, triple world champion Lewis Hamilton feels Mercedes are back on target.

Hamilton, who on Saturday had secured the coveted pole position for the race, beating out current Formula One drivers' standings leader Sebastian Vettel by three-tenths of a second, was never seriously threatened during the race on Sunday, reports Efe.

Vettel lost places due to damage to his front wing after contact with Max Verstappen and recovered well to take fourth.

Such was the achievement, the Brazilian's family arranged for the Briton to be given one of Senna's helmets.

"It's always been a special place for me", said Hamilton.

"It was really down to the team, great minds working together, communicating", Hamilton continued. "I had a bit of a lock-up but I knew there was an opportunity and I dived in".

"I did not do a great restart after the safety auto went in, but once I got on to the main straight it was all under control from there. I made the podium for the first time so I will drink out of anybody's shoes".

Hamilton arrived in Montreal 25 points behind the Ferrari driver after a wretched weekend in Monaco where he struggled with set-up and tyres.

Hamilton, who in claiming the 56th career victory also reduced the gap to title rival Vettel in the championship to 12 points, says he was relieved Mercedes was able to overcome its hard Monaco weekend and praised his team for recovering so quickly.

It proved a stark contrast to the preceding Monaco F1 race from two weeks ago, where Ferrari managed an easy one-two and Hamilton was only seventh. "The guys did an fantastic job".

"But we learned a lot from Monaco and we learned a lot this weekend. It did seem the Ferraris had the upper hand".

"Obviously the beginning of the race didn't go our way, but I was fairly confident I could get a podium - one lap short", Vettel told reporters.

It will be a major challenge for Hamilton to hold him off in the race. Doesn't mean it'll be like that every time.

"They are still very, very quick and they are still very much there".

Ahead of him, Hamilton's teammate Valtteri Bottas took second with Red Bull Racing's Daniel Ricciardo claiming the final podium spot. Sadly we failed the paparazzi test and chose not to bother Michael Douglas and Patrick Stewart, two of the celebs in attendance - like Douglas past year, Stewart conducted the post-race interviews, and even drank champagne out of Ricciardo's shoe (nasty!).

Williams rookie Lance Stroll had a disappointing outing before a home crowd at his first Canadian GP.

Hamilton escaped a chaotic start to the race as the chasing pack converged at the first corner.

With a similar opinion is Lauda, an F1 legend who doubles as Mercedes's team chairman.

His veteran teammate Felipe Massa was seventh in qualifying.

London bookmakers have also reflected the close nature of this phenomenal scrap and on Monday installed the pair as joint favourites to win the drivers' championship at 10/11, Hamilton's odds having been cut from 6/4 thanks to his masterful triumph at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

  • Zachary Reyes