Lewis Hamilton wins in Canada for sixth time

Winning pole position at one of his favourite races was a thrill for Lewis Hamilton, but being presented afterward with a helmet once worn by his boyhood idol Ayrton Senna had the defending Canadian Grand Prix champion almost in tears.

Lewis Hamilton took a sixth Canadian Grand Prix victory Sunday to close the gap on Sebastian Vettel in the Formula 1 world championship race.

Hamilton's record is remarkable in Montreal - his six wins in 10 races leaves him one shy of Michael Schmacher's record total of seven victories at the circuit.

"It has been an incredible weekend and I couldn't be happier, " Hamilton said after recording his sixth win in Canada. "So to repeat it again 10 years later is incredibly special".

The Mercedes driver controlled the race from start to finish, leading home team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

"I don't think in the five years I've been with the team that I've seen them pull so well together and really work towards the same cause.and then come here and deliver what we've delivered - a great blow to the Ferraris", said Hamilton. The battle ahead of him was fierce as well: both Force India drivers were on the radio trying to convince their team it was in their best interest to put them, rather than their teammate, in front to attempt to pass Ricciardo.

"I think we had a very good auto today, a solid vehicle", Wolff said.

Vettel's fourth-place fightback, though not as severe as Lauda's wished-for retirement, was compounded by severe brake problems on Kimi Räikkönen's vehicle that consigned the Finn to seventh, meaning Mercedes outscored its rival by 25 points and resumed first place in the constructors standings with an eight-point buffer.

While Mercedes celebrated a return to form, the struggles continued down the paddock at McLaren as double world champion Fernando Alonso, back from his Indianapolis 500 adventure, failed to get out of the second qualifying and will start 12th.

Hamilton managed to make a good start to the race, which kept him out of the way of the hard-charging Max Verstappen - the Red Bull driver climbing from fifth to second on the run into the first corner - but, from that moment on, Hamilton was never troubled.

"I got a really good start, so I was generally in the clear", he said. Instead he pit for fresh rubber, knowing full well his opponents wouldn't have to, gambling that he would be able to make up the loss in time and then overtake them in the 20 laps that remained. "Then with a few laps to go I heard Seb [Vettel] was coming".

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

TV replays showed that the fast-starting Verstappen, who later retired with technical gremlins, had nicked the nose of the Ferrari at Turn One, but the stewards took no action.

Vettel, meanwhile, could finish only fourth in the Ferrari. I actually feel like jumping in the lake! Williams' Lance Stroll earned his first points in F1 career ahead of his home crowd after finishing 9th, ahead of Romain Grosjean's Haas.

  • Julie Sanders