Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Hamilton Drives To Dominant Win In Canada, Vettel Fourth


LEWIS Hamilton has dominated an exciting Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix to slash a big chunk out of Sebastian Vettel's championship lead.

Lewis Hamilton drove to a dominant win in Sunday's 2017 Canadian Grand Prix, while championship points leader Sebastien Vettel settled for fourth.

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.

Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull Racing finished third.

Canada has proved kind to Hamilton over the years - indeed it was here a decade ago where the Englishman recorded his first of now 56 career triumphs - and so it proved once more this weekend. "The team came away from Monaco scratching their heads but everyone wanting to work, to pull together, which we did".

Bottas said: "As a team we really needed this one-two to get the points and I am very proud of this team and what they have done since Monaco".

"The guys back at the factory have worked so hard to really fix what we had in the last race, bring it here and really give it to the Ferraris".

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Ocon felt aggrieved that Perez did not respond to the team suggesting he should let the Frenchman through to try to get past Ricciardo when they were running fourth and fifth.

The incident capped a manic first lap in which Romain Grosjean's tangle with Carlos Sainz sent the Spaniard into an uncontrollable, and high-speed spin, which resulted in him swiping out Felipe Massa.

Williams rookie Lance Stroll had a disappointing outing before a home crowd at his first Canadian GP. Sainz thudded into the wall at Turn Three, while Massa was also out of the race. On lap 11, Verstappen's Red Bull died at the side of the track, ending his day and leaving Hamilton and Bottas alone in front. But the silver cars were right up there and the laptimes pointed to another close, hard-fought battle between Ferrari and Mercedes, Vettel and 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.

Vettel climbed back through the field up to sixth and began to apply pressure to the battling Force Indias of Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon, who were trying to hunt down Ricciardo in third.

"In Maranello we will carry out a detailed analysis of the race, making the most of the data gathered as we prepare as well as possible for the next round in Baku", admitted team principal Maurizio Arrivabene. Vettel then passed Perez on the penultimate lap to take fourth.

"He looked like he was doing a good job, and I just wanted to acknowledge that". Both drivers had to retire from the race, while Grosjean had a get a new front wing, pushing him at the back.

"I knew where Sebastian was throughout the race", said Hamilton, who crossed the line a commanding 20 seconds clear of Bottas.

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