Lewis Hamilton wins Canadian GP to lower championship deficit

Lewis Hamilton wins Canadian GP to lower championship deficit”

Lewis Hamilton believes Mercedes will have left their Formula One title challengers Ferrari reeling after their performance at the Canadian Grand Prix. I'm shaking. Ayrton, I know for many of you was your favourite driver and he was for me.

"So then they had a run at each other into Turn 13-14 and I focused on the exit, which was good - and I just, yeah, I committed halfway down the straight and I said I (would) go down the inside no matter what".

After an up-and-down season to-date, Hamilton started the day 25 points behind the Drivers' Standings leader but his victory - coupled with Vettel's - has brought him to within 12 points of the lead.

Him and Sebastian Vettel are now tied with three wins so far.

The Star Trek actor was interviewing the smiling Australian before Ricciardo said "I have to do something".

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.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel labelled himself as "a bit unfortunate" after picking up front-wing damage on the opening lap of the Canadian Grand Prix. "Baku is another circuit that is very smooth, like Russian Federation". A week after taking second in Monaco, the Finn developed brake issues with about seven laps to go, quickly losing time and finishing seventh.

As they squabbled and battled, Vettel was able to get right behind them and pull off the overtake of the race: a courageous late-braking move on the dusty tarmac of the inside of turn 1 to get by Esteban Ocon. I have done my job, and we as a team, have done the best we could do, too.

It was Hamilton's third pole this year, his sixth in Canada -- equalling the record of German Michael Schumacher -- and the 65th of his career.

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.

Hamilton also reserved praise for team-mate Valtteri Bottas, whose aggressive start to the race from third was key to Vettel's demise.

Williams rookie Lance Stroll had a disappointing outing before a home crowd at his first Canadian GP.

He fought back through the field and said he was disappointed not to pass Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo for the final podium place at the end.

"I did not do a great restart after the safety vehicle went in, but once I got on to the main straight it was all under control from there". "I think we have (the pace to win)", the four-time champion had said in earlier comments."I expect a close race!" he then added.

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

"You can see the relief in the team that we've bounced back after such a hard weekend, it's just what the doctor ordered".

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