Hamilton cuts Vettel's F1 lead with victory in Canada

Hamilton wins Canadian GP pole, ties Senna on all-time list

The win marked Hamilton's 3rd win of the season and 56th of his career.

He recovered well with some aggressive overtaking on a two-stop strategy and caught the battle for third place, in which Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was leading the Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon, with seven laps to go.

Hamilton said working in such a big company like Mercedes mistakes are bound to happen but is happy that they are where they belong at the moment. "Every year the energy grows!"

"It was a great team performance and a Valtteri did a great job". "I had a bit of a poor position, I need to have a look, maybe I could have done better".

A week after missing the podium completely in Monaco, Mercedes posted its first 1-2 finish of the season.

"[Mercedes] did such great work, analysing where we went wrong, all the points - this is where we went wrong and this is what we need to do to fix it - it was just unbelievable teamwork", Hamilton said. "There was a lot of time to think when I was out front, reliving the memories of 2007, really being able to absorb the moment and enjoy driving the vehicle".

The race delivered immediate drama.


Lewis Hamilton admitted he enjoyed a "stroll in the park" and had time to reflect on memories of earlier successes as he raced to victory for Mercedes in Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix. The 18-year-old was among the five drivers eliminated in the first 15-minute qualifying session, finishing 17th at 1:14.209 and will start the race second row from the back. Vettel and teammate Kimi Raikkonen finished one-two at Monaco two weeks ago while Hamilton struggled.

Bottas said: "As a team we really needed this one-two to get the points and I am very proud of this team and what they have done since Monaco". "Ayrton, I know for many of you was your favourite driver and it was the same for me".

Hamilton, starting from pole for a sixth time, got off to a clean start but behind him there was the usual Montreal first lap chaos.

Vettel quickly set about chasing down the pink duo ahead and he got the better of Ocon at turn one, coming down the inside and forcing him wide.

Hamilton's 56th race win in Formula One came at the scene of his first, with that breakthrough success in Montreal occurring nearly 10 years to the day earlier. Instead he pit for fresh rubber, knowing full well his opponents wouldn't have to, gambling that he would be able to make up the loss in time and then overtake them in the 20 laps that remained.

Vettel's Ferrari team were also slow on the uptake after they failed to spot the German had sustained damage until the safety vehicle - deployed after Carlos Sainz and Felipe Massa crashed out on the opening lap - pitted and the race resumed. The pit stop to fix the damage left the Ferrari at the back of the field just six laps in.

"I could see on the TV screen that he was seventh, sixth, fifth, and then I saw him in fourth, and I was like "God damn it", it would have been better if he was in fifth".

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