F1: Lewis Hamilton hopes Canada GP result delivers 'right hook' to Ferrari
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 13:05
"We came out last, and I knew we could recover because the vehicle is quick, so we were much quicker than the cars ahead, but you have to fight your way through the field, which is a lot of work, not easy, the tires are also suffering at that point", Vettel said.
Lewis Hamilton led home a Mercedes one-two at the Canadian Grand Prix as he closed to within 12 points of championship leader Sebastian Vettel, who finished a battling fourth having battled back from 18th after sustaining damage to his front wing on lap five. Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel (5), of Germany, competes during race action at the Canadian Grand Prix auto race Sunday, June 11, 2017, in Montreal.
"It was tough I was defending the whole race and we weren't that quick to be honest".
Mayweather, considered one of the greatest fighters of all time, compiled a flawless record of 49 wins from 49 fights during his career. "I was fairly busy the whole race, had a lot of things to do, from a racing point of view was great, I really enjoyed it, it wasn't boring at all, but yeah I think as I said, the pace was there, the auto deserved to finish higher up".
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 flawless weekend.
"If Ferrari do that to us, it is a blow, it is like a right hook, but the punches will continue throughout the year, and we just hope at the end of it we will be like Mayweather".
The four-time champion was last in the opening stages of Sunday's race after he was forced to change his front wing following contact with Red Bull's Max Verstappen at Turn One.
The two Force Indias came under intense pressure from Sebastien Vettel late in the race, who put in a series of fast laps to move back to the front of the grid and pass both Perez and Ocon for fourth.
"The vehicle is back to where it should be", Hamilton said. But I would rather look at the positives. "It was really down to the team, great minds working together, communicating".
"Twelve points is definitely way better than 25".
"So they are still very much there, they are still going to be very hard to beat".
Vettel had a mishap on turn two on his final fast lap or he may have had a chance to nip Hamilton for the 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.
The incident capped a manic first lap in which Romain Grosjean's tangle with Carlos Sainz sent the Spaniard into an uncontrollable, and high-speed spin, which resulted in him swiping out Felipe Massa.
"Obviously, the beginning of the race didn't go our way, but I was still believing that we could fight back and get a podium so, at the end when I came back to that group, I was fairly confident but was one lap short". "We've understood the tyres, utilised the tyres a lot better this weekend, but I think there's still things we've understood but that you can't just fix in two weeks". "It's insane to think after 10 years that I enjoy racing every lap just as I did 10 years ago". But on lap 11, Verstappen's Red Bull died at the side of the track, ending his day and leaving Hamilton and Bottas alone in front.