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Hamilton wins as Mercedes reel off one-two finish

16 Juin 2017

British F1 player Lewis Hamilton won his sixth Canadian Grand Prix title on Sunday. With that win, Hamilton is now just 12 points behind rival Sebastian Vettel and Mercedes have also regained their lead at the top of the constructors' championship leading Ferrari by eight points. Hamilton is only second in the overall wins in Canada which is led by Michael Schumacher with 7 Championships.

"It's always a great thing for a team to achieve a 1-2", Hamilton explained.

"The grandstand was too far away, so I said I would not get there if I throw the gloves", he said.

Coming two weeks after Monaco, where he had qualified badly and finished seventh as Ferrari enjoyed their first one-two since 2010, it was the flawless weekend.

Vettel's front wing was damaged when he was passed by Max Verstappen of Red Bull at the start, the Dutchman running in a strong second place until he retired with electrical problems after 11 laps. "Ayrton, I know for many of you was your favourite driver and it was the same for me".

The safety auto was deployed nearly immediately after Carlos Sainz collided with Romain Grosjean and wiped out Felipe Massa before ploughing into the wall at turn three.

"A big thank you to this crowd", said Hamilton from the podium where the actor Patrick Stewart served as interviewer. "Montreal has been good to me over the years and it was a close battle with the Ferraris".

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.

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There was also a duel between Force India's Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon after the team as Perez to move for Ocon. "I asked to check and then running behind the safety vehicle with the damage, it was so slow that you couldn't really feel it".

"The race actually felt very reminiscent of 2007, in terms of how it unfolded". Perez and Ocon were fifth and sixth to cross the finish line.

"A cruise like we had today was something we didn't have for a long time so I'll take that", said Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff, who had spoken in Monaco two weeks ago of them being underdogs now.

"Obviously, the beginning of the race didn't go our way, but I was still believing that we could fight back and get a podium so, at the end when I came back to that group, I was fairly confident but was one lap short".

"The wind was throwing the auto around quite a lot and that was tricky", said Ricciardo, who has finished third in three straight races. "But we learned a lot".

Not since the heyday of Hamilton's childhood hero Ayrton Senna's intense rivalry with his McLaren team-mate Alain Prost almost 30 years ago has a battle for glory so comprehensively captured the imagination. This is the only weekend they've had not the greatest result - but they've not a seventh or something like we've had.

"I really feel welcome when I come to Canada", said Hamilton.

All in all, after the frustrating start to the race, Vettel said he could not be totally displeased with the ultimate outcome for him.

Hamilton wins as Mercedes reel off one-two finish