Hamilton Wins in Canada but Vettel Takes the Spotlight

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton (right) celebrates winning the Canadian Grand Prix race with teammate Valtteri Bottas in Montreal, June 11, 2017.

German Vettel finished fourth after his Ferrari suffered a damaged front wing in a collision on the opening lap when he was passed by the aggressive Dutch teenager Max Verstappen of Red Bull.

Lewis Hamilton's win in the Canada, which is his third this season, cut Sebastian Vettel's lead down to 9 as the Ferrari driver finished in fourth place.

It was Hamilton's sixth win in Montreal in 10 races, by far his best record at any circuit and it came on the 10th anniversary of the first victory of his career.

"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.

As a team, we really needed this one to get those points and, after a tough race in Monaco, I'm really impressed with what the team has done and how much we've improved in two weeks. We came here with a much better understanding of the vehicle and we delivered a real blow to the Ferraris.

The safety vehicle came out on the opening lap when, on the first turn, Romain Grosjean's Haas nudged Carlos Sainz's Toro Rosso, which plowed into the side of Massa's Williams.

Hamilton's world championship inroads could have been even deeper but for a late surge by Vettel limiting the damage as the title leader salvaged fourth having dropped down to 18th.

"The wind was throwing the vehicle around quite a lot and that was tricky", said Ricciardo, who has finished third in three straight races.

Vettel said: "I wanted to get a trophy, didn't get one".

A bigger crash took Felipe Massa and Carlos Sainz out of the race just seconds later. Mercedes got back ahead in the constructors' standings with their first 1-2 finish of the season, while Räikkönen could only manage seventh after a brake issue struck in the closing stages of the race. One of the problems was the wind tunnel gave them one reading and the simulator gave them a different and along with that a mistake in setting up their vehicle which prevented them getting Pirelli's supersoft and ultrasoft tires working in their limited temperature windows. Red Bull is a distant third with 112 points.

Renault's Jolyon Palmer had a slightly better race this time, finishing in P11, while Magnussen took P12 and Ericsson P13. Vettel then overtook Sergio Pérez two lap laters and had the race lasted just another two laps he would have very likely gotten past Ricciardo as well.

  • Julie Sanders