Lewis Hamilton: Canadian GP domination is 'great blow' to Ferrari

Lewis Hamilton dominated the Canadian Grand Prix as dramatic action behind allowed him to cut Sebastian Vettel's title lead to 12 points.

Hamilton's team have been dogged by reliability issues in the 2017 season to this point, but they appeared to turn a corner yesterday when the two cars finished first and second in Canada.

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton (L) celebrates winning the race with teammate Valtteri Bottas. "It was a great team performance and a Valtteri did a great job". The stewards said they would look at it after the race. The German teammate Kimi Raikkonen also struggled in Canada as he managed only a seventh-place finish. "To come here and to deliver what we have delivered is a great blow to the Ferraris".

The pink cars of Ocon and Sergio Perez both showed excellent pace and found themselves able to race Daniel Ricciardo for third, both sitting just behind the Australian but also both aware that Raikkonen and Vettel were on their way up the road.

"Nevertheless I feel the auto is very good, I was really happy this morning, I was happy this afternoon and it should be very good in the race so I'm looking forward to tomorrow".

While Hamilton was never challenged, the race for the rest of the points was lively, with Vettel spending most of the race trying to get back to the front.

On the 10th anniversary of his very first victory in the sport here, the British driver took the chequered flag at Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for the sixth time in his career and for the third year in a row.

Explaining what the team did, Wolff said: "Throughout the session we just continued to improve, particularly with Lewis".

Hamilton had the shortest run to Turn One of any track on the F1 season to defend his pole position from Vettel, but the Ferrari ended up looking backwards not forwards off the line.

Asked where he planned to keep the helmet, he revealed: "People don't realise this, but all the stuff that I get. well, I live in an apartment in Monaco and there's not a lot of space for a lot of trophies, but I definitely will have space for that one".

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 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. "With the two Force Indias it was quite hard - they were very quick down the straights, and then when you have this 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". "We came here with the auto back to where it should be, it doesn't mean it's going to be like that every time but I think we've learned a lot and I'm happy. I made the podium for the first time so I will drink out of anybody's shoes".

"I think Mercedes was very strong, but then they had a completely different race", Vettel said.

  • Julie Sanders