Hamilton wins sixth Canadian grand prix

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton (44) of Great Britain.

Canada was the first race this season where Vettel had missed the podium. I was very busy for most of the race which I enjoyed, which was fun, it was good racing.

Hamilton's victory has cut Vettel's advantage to 12 points and he was delighted with the way his team had responded after a hard weekend in Monaco in the last Grand Prix when the 32-year-old endured endless issues with his W08.

Lewis Hamilton has slashed the deficit to rival Sebastian Vettel in the Formula One championship after a flawless lights-to-flag victory in Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix.

"A big thank you to this crowd", said Hamilton from the podium where the actor Patrick Stewart served as interviewer.

Hamilton also reserved praise for team-mate Valtteri Bottas, whose aggressive start to the race from third was key to Vettel's demise.

Sainz was given a three-spot grid penalty for the next race, in Azerbaijan, for his role in the crash that knocked him and Massa from the race and left Romain Grosjean with front wing damage.

"I think it was clear that today we could have been better than fourth, but that's how we finished and what is done is done", said Vettel.

The pink Force India cars of Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon were fifth and sixth after battling among each other on the track - and over the radio - for position down the stretch.

"I think coming back to that group at the end of the race", Vettel said.

Having cut Vettel's championship lead down to 12 points, Hamilton says Mercedes is now back where it needs to be to sustain its title challenge.

Red Bull's Australian Daniel Ricciardo came home third, for the third race in a row, to complete the podium. "We came here with a much better understanding of the auto and we delivered a real blow to the Ferrari's".

"I don't own any of Senna's artifacts", the British driver said.

Nico Hulkenberg was eighth for Renault, while there was home delight as Canadian driver Lance Stroll scored his first points in F1 when he finished ninth in his Williams. 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. "It's a place I love and I really do love this track".

"It's always a great thing for a team to achieve a 1-2", Hamilton explained.

His teammate, Kimi Raikkonen, wasn't so lucky. They were very quick down the straights, and then when you have phenomenon of cars behind each other, all giving each other a tow, and you're at the back end, it's not easy to create something.

Max Verstappen surged from fifth to second, clipping Vettel's front wing on his way past before Felipe Massa was taken out by a spinning Carlos Sainz after the Toro Rosso driver had lost control following contact with Romain Grosjean's Haas auto in the approach to Turn 3.

  • Julie Sanders