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Lewis Hamilton cuts Sebastian Vettel's lead with victory in Canada

17 Juin 2017

Lewis Hamilton dominated the Canadian Grand Prix as dramatic action behind allowed him to cut Sebastian Vettel's title lead to 12 points.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen, who started from fifth on the grid, went round Vettel's Ferrari into turn 1, damaging the Ferrari's front wing due to a contact.

The three-time Formula One champion earned his sixth victory - and third in a row - on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Sunday, taking a clear path from the pole to the checkered flag to win by nearly 20 seconds.

The race got off to a chaotic start when, in his haste to reach the front, Verstappen ran over Vettel's front wing, which caused the championship leader to pit early and switch to a less optimal strategy.

The British driver's five wins at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve included victories from pole position the last two years, but it is a closer battle with Ferrari this year with F1 moving to somewhat bigger, more powerful cars.

"If we apply the same diligence that we did in the past two weeks after every single race, even after a win, we're sure that we can continue to do the best job that we can and to win", Hamilton said. "Ayrton, I know for many of you was your favourite driver and it was the same for me".

"It's just special to see everyone, friends and family", said Stroll, who was on his own after teammate Felipe Massa crashed on the first lap. "I don't know why Montreal has been so good to me all these years but I love driving this track".

The pink Force India cars of Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon were fifth and sixth after battling among each other on the track - and over the radio - for position down the stretch.

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Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was third for the third straight week, celebrating on the podium by drinking champagne out of his race-worn shoe. Verstappen's pain was Hamilton's gain as it made his task all that much easier. "With the two Force Indias it was quite hard - they were very quick down the straights, and then when you have this phenomenon of cars behind each other all giving each other a tow and you're at the back end, it's not easy to create something".

"I mean, the target going into the race, or the imagination I guess, was a different one", he said. "I am really happy with my performance in the qualifying lap, I couldn't stop smiling during the dinner because I couldn't believe that I reached 65 poles".

And things weren't much better for the Spaniard's teammate Stoffel Vandoorne who finished 14th.

Him and Sebastian Vettel are now tied with three wins so far. Driving like a man possessed, he salvaged fourth place with two laps remaining.

Hamilton successfully tamed the Mercedes "diva" to secure a lights-to-flag victory on a near-perfect weekend for the world champions.

"It was still a challenge but it was a bit like the other races I've had here when I've qualified in the lead and then just managed it well from the front".

Canada's Lance Stroll claimed the first points of his career as he claimed ninth in front of his home crowd while Haas' Romain Grosjean completed the top 10.