Hamilton wins third straight Canadian Grand Prix, Canada's Stroll gets first points

Lewis Hamilton showed some incredible pace this weekend at Montreal in the 2017 Formula One Canadian Grand Prix as he managed to come closer to Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in the championship standings.

The Ferrari driver recovered to finish fourth - which included two overtaking moves in the closing laps - while Hamilton's team-mate Valtteri Bottas crossed the line in second to complete Mercedes' first one-two finish of the season.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, a four times champion, finished fourth on Sunday and saw his lead over Hamilton cut to 12 points with 13 races remaining.

Hamilton led all the way after taking pole position but was under attack early when Max Verstappen got a huge jump off the grid, launching his Red Bull from fifth to second by the first corner.

They drove superbly to finish fifth and sixth but the team faced a hard debrief afterwards for not allowing Ocon, quicker than his team-mate in the latter stages, through, thereby assisting Vettel's attempt to catch and pass them both.

Lance Stroll, the Canadian rookie, scored his first points in Formula One at his home grand prix, with what was by far his best drive of the season, finishing in ninth for Williams.

I had my first pole here and my first win here and to repeat it is incredibly special.

"In these five years [with Mercedes], I've not seen the team pull so well together and work towards the same cause, to understand the auto and come here and deliver what we delivered - a great blow to Ferrari".

But he warned that there was still much to do and it would take time. Both drivers had to retire from the race, while Grosjean had a get a new front wing, pushing him at the back.

'We had damage on the front wing which we did not notice initially, so we missed a free pit stop under the Safety Car'.

And Hamilton, whose Mercedes team moved back in charge of the constructors' championship following their one-two finish, believes he has struck a major blow to Vettel's title credentials.

Ocon felt aggrieved that Perez did not respond to the team suggesting he should let the Frenchman through to try to get past Ricciardo when they were running fourth and fifth. Sainz made a contact with Grosjean that pushed the former into a spin at Turn 3. Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo claimed the final podium spot.

Lewis Hamilton is back in the fight for the world championship, according to Niki Lauda. "I had a bit of a poor position, I need to have a look, maybe I could have done better".

Kimi Raikkonen was seventh on a bad day for Ferrari.

Hülkenberg and Ericsson brushed the Wall of Champions barriers, whilst Vettel had a good catch to avoid them. Williams, however, have produced good performances on the island layout with a driver on the podium for the last two years.

"We gave them a lap yesterday [Saturday] they couldn't answer and today they had a messy race", said the Briton.

Now moving through onto lap 5, an incident from turn one became worse for Sebastian Vettel after having to pit in order to fix his front wing.

  • Julie Sanders