Lewis Hamilton cuts Sebastian Vettel's lead with victory in Canada
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 25, 2017,
Jun 25, 2017, 14:31
Hamilton led every lap from pole, setting the fastest lap late in the race, finishing ahead of Valtteri Bottas as Mercedes claimed its first 1-2 finish of 2017. "It's a place I love and I really do love this track".
"It's a long race here, especially when you're out there on your own, but I knew the auto would hold together and it did perfectly".
The 18-year-old Stroll, on the grid for the first time before his home fans, finished for only the third time in seven races this season and achieved his goal of earning his first points at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, where he watched the race with family as a child.
"I really do love this track", he said. "The beginning of the race did not go our way but I still believed we could fight back", he said.
Hamilton, who equalled his hero Ayrton Senna's mark of 65 poles on Saturday, said: "I definitely think I have been at my best this weekend".
"It was still a challenge but it was a bit like the other races I've had here when it has been well managed from the front".
Fist Hamilton jumped straight into first ahead of Vettel and Raikonnen followed by the rocket that was Max Verstappen who sped in-between the Ferrari pair and just past Bottas to take second place. "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".
Kimi Raikkonen was seventh on a bad day for Ferrari. "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".
Vettel climbed back through the field up to sixth and began to apply pressure to the battling Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon, who were trying to hunt down Ricciardo in third.
Actor Patrick Stewart does a "shoey" on the podium with Daniel Ricciardo.
While Mercedes celebrated a return to form, the struggles continued down the paddock at McLaren as double world champion Fernando Alonso, back from his Indianapolis 500 adventure, failed to get out of the second qualifying and will start 12th. Force India's driver battle ultimately cost them, with Perez and Ocon took P5 and P6, with Raikonnen behind them in P7. This was thrilling stuff at the end and it paid off. Vettel pulled off another remarkable move through the final chicane on lap 69 to finish fourth - a result that looked unthinkable after the opening lap.
For title rival Vettel, however, Montreal was a race to forget. Perez finished fifth while Ocon was sixth. "They may be super-quick at the next race in Baku, so to close the gap is going to take a lot, but anything can happen".