Lewis Hamilton won his sixth Canadian Grand Prix victory in a stunning drive, as Mercedes dominated in Montreal.
Hamilton led from start to finish as he schooled his Championship rivals with a masterful drive around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Vallteri Bottas finished second making a double victory for Mercedes, third place went to Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo after Ferrari hit trouble early on.
Sebastian Vettel, battling back to 4th after dropping to 18th, capitalising on ugly in-fighting at Force India and a brake failure for Kimi Raikkonen.
Vettel picked up front wing damage almost instantly when Max Verstappen made a blinding start from fifth on the grid to go round the outside of him into second place by Turn 1, as Bottas went for the inside to grab third. The damage forced Vettel into an early stop and a two-stop strategy while Verstappen’s surge would be cruelly curtailed by a battery failure that left the teenager banging his steering wheel in frustration.
Further round the lap, exiting Turn 2, Romain Grosjean and Carlos Sainz tangled, the Haas spinning the Toro Rosso down the grass on the inside of the track until it collected the innocent Felipe Massa’s Williams in the chicane that follows.
After the safety car, on the restart on lap four Hamilton pulled clear and thereafter simply controlled the race from the beginning to the end.
Lance Stroll scored his first points in F1 as the Canadian youngster claimed ninth for Williams at his home race while, once again, Fernando Alonso was let down by his Honda engine before making new friends by jumping into the Montreal crowd. The Spaniard’s retirement means McLaren remains without a single point this term.
Here are the top 10 standings:
It was a perfect weekend for the Brit after he had broken his idol Ayrton Senna’s record of 65 pole positions. Hamilton has also cut Sebastian Vettel’s world championship lead from 25 to 12 points.
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