Hamilton wins F1 Canadian GP, picks up points on Vettel

Kristopher Nichols
June 16, 2017

Ferrari's late great Gilles Villeneuve, after whom the Montreal circuit is named after, won the Canadian Grand Prix in 1978 while his son Jacques was the 1997 world champion. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton (44), of Britain, leads the pack at the start at the Canadian Grand Prix auto race Sunday, June 11, 2017, in Montreal. Vettel's lead over Hamilton was cut to 12 points as a result of the Canadian race - 141-129.

Hamilton's best lap in a blazing, course-record one minute 11.459 seconds on Saturday earned the 65th pole position of his 11-year career, tying him with Senna for second place all-time, three behind Ferrari legend Michael Schumacher. I have done my job, and we as a team, have done the best we could do, too.

"Although Monaco would've been a good one to win, I am happy it happened early in the season".

Vettel was forced to the back of the back of the field when he needed to change his front wing - damaged by Red Bull's Max Verstappen at the start of the race - but he drove superbly to finish fourth, passing the Force India pair of Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon with two and four laps to go respectively.

"I had my first pole here".

Max Verstappen surged from fifth to second, clipping Vettel's front wing on his way past before Felipe Massa was taken out by a spinning Carlos Sainz after the Toro Rosso driver had lost control following contact with Romain Grosjean's Haas vehicle in the approach to Turn 3.

The Ferrari star was unable to put the pressure on Hamilton but did just pip Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas to third.

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"I wanted to get past, full stop", Vettel said. "I was fairly busy the whole race, had a lot of things to do, from a racing point of view was great, I really enjoyed it, it wasn't boring at all, but yeah I think as I said, the pace was there, the vehicle deserved to finish higher up".

At the restart, Verstappen attacked Hamilton hard, nearly making a pass that would have changed the race.

"We came here and the car's back to where it should be". "I felt something out of Turn 6, 7, and then there was a safety auto".

"We gave them a lap yesterday [Saturday] they couldn't answer and today they had a messy race", said the Briton. "I wasn't quick in Russian Federation so for us getting the auto where we need it is going to be a challenge", he said. "It doesn't mean it's going to be like that every time, but I think we learned a lot", said Hamilton.

"They are still very, very quick and they are still very much there", Hamilton said of Ferrari.

Hamilton's issue last time out appeared to be tyre-related but in Montreal, he stretched his first stint on the ultra-softs while continuing to log fast lap times, which then allowed him to go onto super-softs instead of the hardest compound available this weekend.

All in all, after the frustrating start to the race, Vettel said he could not be totally displeased with the ultimate outcome for him. Perez and Ocon were fifth and sixth to cross the finish line.

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