Britain's Lewis Hamilton savoured a poignant victory at the Canadian Grand Prix after he cut world championship leader Sebastian Vettel's advantage to 12 points on Sunday. The fact he clawed his way back to 4 spot - behind the Mercedes of Hamilton and Bottas, and Red Bull's Ricciardo in third - shows he's still very much in the championship hunt this year.
Hamilton led cleanly off the grid as, behind him, Verstappen attacked and swept around the outside into Turn One to take second place from Vettel, apparently clipping the front wing of the Ferrari in the process.
"The wind was throwing the auto around quite a lot and that was tricky", said Ricciardo, who has finished third in three straight races.
Earlier, Sebastian Vettel dropped to the back when he needed to change his front wing that was damaged by Red Bull's Max Verstappen at the start of the race which got him a major setback. With him winning the Canadian championship for the sixth time, Hamilton edged closer to legendary Formula One driver Michael Schumacher, who conquered the Canadian circuit a record seven times. "The team came away from Monaco scratching their heads but everyone wanting to work, to pull together, which we did".
"I don't think in the five years at this team, they have pulled together so well, really work towards the same cause, and to understand the auto". All the guys back at the factory who have worked so hard to really fix what we had in the last race, to bring it here and really give it to the Ferraris.
There was also a duel between Force India's Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon after the team as Perez to move for Ocon.
The first Canadian to race at home in Formula One since 1997 champion Jacques Villeneuve in 2006, Stroll and his Williams team are hoping the 18-year-old can snatch his first points of the season.
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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.
"I'd equalled Ayrton in race wins (41) a while ago so this was the focus for me. I knew what I had to do today".
"I think Mercedes was very strong, but then they had a completely different race", Vettel said. "It tested the concentration, but I'm very happy". Eventually we did, but yeah, as I said, I wanted that podium and didn't get it, so we take fourth.
With the Force India cars battling with each other, Vettel overtook Ocon in the 66th lap and then, after leaving the track in a chicane, passed Perez as well.
The win was the 56th of Hamilton's career. "We came here with the auto back to where it should be, it doesn't mean it's going to be like that every time but I think we've learned a lot and I'm happy".
"I think you judge what happens at the time", he said.
The lack of a move resulted in Vettel closing in quickly and eventually passing Ocon when the Frenchman lost momentum due to stern defense from Perez.
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