Hamilton claims Canada GP as Vettel stumbles

Hazel Gray
June 13, 2017

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton (44) of Great Britain takes the checkered flag to win the Canadian Grand Prix, Sunday, June 11, 2017 in Montreal.

Team by team analysis of Sunday's Canadian Formula One Grand Prix in Montreal (listed in championship order): MERCEDES (Lewis Hamilton 1, Valtteri Bottas 2) Hamilton's sixth win in Canada, and third in a row in Montreal, was the 56th of his career.

Hamilton completed 70 laps in 1 hour, 33 minutes, 5.154 seconds to beat teammate Valtteri Bottas by nearly 20 seconds.

Ahead of the midfield action, Hamilton was comfortable throughout and closed Vettel's championship lead to 12 points, while Mercedes moved ahead of Ferrari by eight points in the constructors' championship.

Lewis Hamilton has won the Canadian Grand Prix from Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas with Australia's Daniel Ricciardo finishing third in his Red Bull.

Charging from the back of the field after a first-lap incident with Max Verstappen sent him to the pits for a new front wing for his vehicle to finish fourth was points-leader Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari.

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. We came here with a much better understanding of the vehicle and we delivered a real blow to the Ferraris.

Force India enjoyed a great weekend in Canada with Mexican Sergio Perez taking fifth ahead of French team mate Esteban Ocon, who was not happy at the finish. Vettel and teammate Kimi Raikkonen finished one-two at Monaco two weeks ago while Hamilton struggled. "I felt something out of Turn 6, 7, and then there was a safety auto".

Not feeling the damage at slow speed during the caution, Vettel waited to replace the wing until Lap 5 and fell to the back of the pack.

The Brit, who qualified on pole, led from the start as Vettel suffered wing damage during a chaotic opening lap and was forced to pit early and work his way back through the field.

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"Ferrari have been doing a fantastic job all year but I just think this was Mercedes at its best", he said.

The German would eventually battle his way back to fourth place, dramatically passing both Force India cars in the closing laps.

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.

Ocon pitted on the 32nd lap after keeping Bottas at bay and unlike Raikkonen who needed to pit again, he could race to the end.

"I know he's had such a hard season", Hamilton told Sky Sports F1.

"I don't think we've completely got rid of all the issues we have", he said.

Hamilton and Vettel's razor-sharp competitiveness has lifted performance levels to such a high that veteran paddock observers were left stunned at the Canadian Grand Prix.

Spain's Fernando Alonso was in 10th place just two laps from the finish but burned out his engine with just one turn to go, thus denying him his first points of the season.

The resulting pitstop dropped Vettel to the very back of the field and the late-race charge, featuring some fearless overtaking, provided one of the highlights of the race.

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