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Hamilton notches sixth Canadian Grand Prix victory

12 Juin 2017

For McLaren, it was a golden opportunity for the team's first points of the season wasted.

The Ferrari driver recovered to finish fourth, while Hamilton's team-mate Valtteri Bottas crossed the line in second to complete Mercedes' first one-two finish of the season as Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo claimed the final spot on the podium. Ferrari had been stymied nearly from the start.

Fleetingly, perhaps, the Ferrari juggernaut has been halted and Hamilton, whose immaculate weekend was rounded off by his feat of matching Senna's 65 pole positions, was clearly in a mood to make hay while the sun shone.

"There was a lot of time to think when I was out front".

"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".

"It's my fifth time racing here and third podium, so thank you Montreal, this place has always been good to me".

"Ayrton was the guy who I knew at the beginning, it was the colour of the helmet, it is what you notice as a kid". Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton (44), of Britain, leads the pack at the start at the Canadian Grand Prix auto race Sunday, June 11, 2017, in Montreal. The deft touch and steely nerve that Montreal demands were once again to the fore and, although he was not under pressure, he did not put a foot wrong.

"There were no troubles today, it was a attractive Sunday drive", enthused Hamilton. "It was a lovely Sunday drive". Perez had earlier asked to let them race after being told at one stage that he would have to let the Frenchman pass if he did not overtake Ricciardo within three laps. Recent struggles with his car's setup seemed to melt away today, something Hamilton and his team will be very relieved about, and something that will give them great confidence going forward.

Vettel had to pursue his own singular race and did so with admirable determination.

Super starter: Max Verstappen's getaway from fifth on the grid was impressive, but it was his positioning on the run down to Turn 1 and his ruthless corner entry that really stood out. The German was forced to the pits with a damaged front wing. It changed the complexion of Vettel's afternoon immediately. Hamilton is 12 points behind Vettel. Hulkenberg was chasing down Raikkonen at the finish. Raikkonen was first to fall. A week after taking second in Monaco, the Finn developed brake issues with about seven laps to go, quickly losing time and finishing seventh. Mercedes were very strong in the race but it is also a different story when you can control the race and the pace, the tyres. Vettel then passed Perez on the penultimate lap to take fourth.

"I think it was clear that today we could have been better than fourth, but that's how we finished and what is done is done", said Vettel. Hamilton's lead was only in doubt for a brief moment on lap four, when Max Verstappen attacked him soon after the safety auto had stepped aside, but the Briton was able to fend him off. He [Verstappen] ran over my front wing. "As a kid, I would come home and I would go, 'If I'm really lucky and can get to Formula One, I want to emulate Ayrton'".

There was an early Safety Car when contact between Haas' Romain Grosjean and Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz ended up with Sainz and Massa in the barriers.

Hamilton notches sixth Canadian Grand Prix victory