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Hamilton wins sixth Canadian grand prix

15 Juin 2017

Lewis Hamilton's love affair with the Canadian Grand Prix continued unabated on Sunday as he won the race for a sixth time and slashed Sebastian Vettel's Formula One championship lead to 12 points.

Vettel suffered damage to his vehicle when being overtaken by Red Bull's Max Verstappen at the first corner and pitted for repairs four laps later, but he refused to blame the Dutch youngster. "Well done, Lewis", Hamilton's race engineer said to him over the radio on the cool down lap. "Every year the energy grows!"

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. I have done my job, and we as a team, have done the best we could do, too.

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. We were supposed to stop on lap 21 and if Valtteri was in second he would stop before me.

Hamilton's third victory of the 2017 season after a performance to forget in Monaco saw him trim Sebastian Vettel's world championship lead to 12 points after his key title rival battled back to finish a hard day in fourth.

Daniel Ricciardo held third place for Red Bull ahead of F1 leader Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari. As the field hurtled towards the chicane of turns three and four, Carlos Sainz Jr. turned across the front of Haas' Romain Grosjean, causing the Toro Rosso driver to spin and collide with Felipe Masa at high speed.

The race delivered immediate drama.

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Britain's Lewis Hamilton took the checkered flag in Montreal on Sunday.

That gave his team something to cheer after young Dutchman Max Verstappen had his race come to a premature end with mechanical problems while running second and challenging Hamilton for the lead.

"[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 fantastic teamwork", the Briton explained.

"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".

"Also we know now, after the last race, where to develop this vehicle moving forwards which I think is really going to make a difference in winning this championship".

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.

"We've been working very hard over the last two weeks to rectify the issues we had with the vehicle", said Hamilton. But though the damage was apparent from outside the vehicle, Vettel said he was unaware of it from inside the cockpit, and Ferrari's subsequent failure to notice it meant the German missed the chance to pit for a replacement under the early safety auto.

Hamilton wins sixth Canadian grand prix