F1 2017: Hamilton Comes Closer To Championship Lead With Canadian GP Win

Hamilton took his sixth win at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Sunday, leading his team-mate Valtteri Bottas home in the first one-two for Mercedes this season.

"There was a lot of time when I was up front reliving the memories of 2007, really being able to absorb the moment and enjoy the crowd", said the Englishman, who has now won six times in Canada.

The Briton is arguably the best driver of his generation and he proved it in style by grabbing the Grand Prix title beating the second placed Valtteri Bottas with a staggering lead of 20 seconds. "I went for the soft and he pulled a bit of a gap but after that he was controlling the race and I knew what I had to do to bring the vehicle home". Montreal has been good to me over the years.

Bottas said: "As a team we really needed this one-two to get the points and I am very proud of this team and what they have done since Monaco".

Vettel, meanwhile, could finish only fourth for the Ferrari.

"We had a discussion [about going onto the super-softs] before the race started", Hamilton added. "I didn't get one".

Sebastian Vettel's hopes of challenging Lewis Hamilton in the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday were thwarted by a first-turn clash with Max Verstappen, which left Vettel with a broken front wing.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo completed the podium. He said " I think I am in great form and it showed in my performance this weekend.

Mexican Sergio Perez finished fifth after a bruising battle with his Force India team-mate Esteban Ocon of France, who was sixth.

"They did such great work analysing what went wrong and giving us a summary and saying this is where we went wrong". It's insane to think I had my first pole and win here ten years ago.

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. I just wanted a good lap, and I got it. The German teammate Kimi Raikkonen also struggled in Canada as he managed only a seventh-place finish.

"I think it should put us in a strong position moving forwards, in terms of which direction we need to keep developing the auto".

More crucially, it saw Hamilton - now a six time victor in Montreal - slash his deficit in the standings to Ferrari rival Vettel to just 12 points. Driving like a man possessed, he salvaged fourth place with two laps remaining.

"I think for us, we really solidified our strength, we've got a better understanding of the vehicle and hope we can put it in the same spot in the following races", he told Sky Sports television. "I wasn't quick in Russian Federation so for us getting the auto where we need it is going to be a challenge", he said. As the field hurtled towards the chicane of turns three and four, Carlos Sainz Jr. turned across the front of Haas' Romain Grosjean, causing the Toro Rosso driver to spin and collide with Felipe Masa at high speed.

"I'm just so honored to be here this weekend", he said.

  • Julie Sanders