Hamilton: Canadian GP "a great blow to Ferrari"
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 24, 2017,
Jun 24, 2017, 16:39
In that endeavour he was assisted by the opening lap appearance of the Safety Car, due to a collision between Carlos Sainz's Toro Rosso and Romain Grosjean's Haas.
There are likely to be no shortage of heated recriminations in the Force India garage, with the pacier Ocon, who eventually finished behind Perez in sixth, furious that the team did not swap the duo around as he targeted a podium place. It doesn't mean it's going to be like that all the time, but I think we learned a lot.
Vettel, who leads the championship by 25 points over Hamilton, has won three races and finished second at the other three this season.
This is published unedited from the IANS feed. Verstappen's pain was Hamilton's gain as it made his task all that much easier.
Native Montrealer Lance Stroll was ninth - the first-ever points for the 18-year-old rookie; Hamilton gave him a thumbs-up as he passed on the track.
Bottas was the first Mercedes to pit, with the team managing a 2.2 second stop.
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.
"The race actually felt very reminiscent of 2007, in terms of how it unfolded".
A week after Mercedes missed the podium completely in Monaco, Hamilton completed 70 laps in 1 hour, 33 minutes, 5.154 seconds on a hot and windy day on Montreal's Ile Notre-Dame.
But though the damage was apparent from outside the vehicle, Vettel said he was unaware of it from inside the cockpit, and Ferrari's subsequent failure to notice it meant the German missed the chance to pit for a replacement under the early safety auto.
Celebrating his sixth Canadian GP win, Hamilton said: "It has been an incredible weekend, I couldn't be happier, firstly for the team". "I really have to thank my team for making this possible".
The post-race awards to the top three were presented by Britsh actor Patrick Stewart.
"First of all, congrats to him, he was the better man today", Vettel said. TV replays showed that the fast-starting Verstappen, who later retired with technical gremlins, had nicked the nose of the Ferrari at Turn One, but the stewards took no action.
"We've been working very hard over the last two weeks to rectify the issues we had with the auto", said Hamilton.
Still no points for McLaren, despite Alonso being in 10th place until the penultimate lap when his car's Honda engine expired.