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Lewis Hamilton WINS Canadian Grand Prix in a Mercedes One-Two – Vettel 4th

Lewis Hamilton revived his bid for a fourth driver’s world title when he cruised to victory in the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.Charging from the back of the field after a first-lap incident with Max Verstappen sent him to the pits for a new front wing for his auto to finish fourth was points-leader Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari.A triumphant Lewis Hamilton believes he has dealt a major blow to Sebastian Vettel’s championship challenge after storming to victory at the Canadian Grand Prix.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.Canadian Lance Stroll took ninth, earning the 18-year-old the first points of his fledgling F1 career in front of a home crowd.”I had my first pole here, I had my first win here 10 years ago – so to repeat it this weekend is incredibly special”, added Hamilton.”We’ve got some unique bits on the auto I think which will work well this weekend”.In that endeavour he was assisted by the opening lap appearance of the Safety Car, due to a collision between Carlos Sainz’s Toro Rosso and Romain Grosjean’s Haas.A five-time victor at the Canadian GP, which celebrates its 50th anniversary, Hamilton already led qualifying — but by just four one-thousandths of a second over Sebastien Vettel — when he made his final trip around the circuit. A safety auto was scrambled to allow marshalls to collect the two stricken cars, while Grosjean pitted for a new front wing.’We had damage on the front wing which we did not notice initially, so we missed a free pit stop under the Safety Car’.The Mercedes driver backed up a superlative performance in qualifying, leading from start to finish at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve to claim a sixth win at the circuit.It proved to be a tough day for Ferrari, with Sebastian Vettel pulling off an impressive recovery following an early pitstop to change a damaged front wing to finish fourth, while Kimi Raikkonen was forced to settle with seventh after suffering brake problems in the closing stages.”It was contact, but three cars in turn one doesn’t work”.”Also we know now, after the last race, where to develop this vehicle moving forward, which I think is really going to make a difference in winning this championship”.As such Mercedes are now back in charge of the Constructors’ Championship, 222 points to Ferrari’s 214. Vettel was determined to dispense with them – and his own team mate – over the remaining 20 laps available.”Nevertheless I feel the vehicle is very good, I was really happy this morning, I was happy this afternoon and it should be very good in the race so I’m looking forward to tomorrow”.”Eventually we did, but I wanted that podium”.”Wow, I am shaking.I am speechless”, an emotional Hamilton said after being presented with Senna’s helmet.The same could not be said for his rival Vettel. “I can’t think of a better place to do it”.But Vettel, the four-time champion, felt he had enough pace to pass Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo, too, to steal the final spot on the podium here in Montreal.