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More joy in Canada for Hamilton as Vettel’s lead is halved

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.Lewis Hamilton took a sixth Canadian Grand Prix victory Sunday to close the gap on Sebastian Vettel in the Formula 1 world championship race.With the win, Hamilton cut Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel’s lead to just 12 points after starting the race 25 points behind.It was a joyous day for race victor Lewis Hamilton and for hometown favourite Lance Stroll at the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday.Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton (44) of Great Britain. I have done my job, and we as a team, have done the best we could do, too.Explaining his reasoning for doing so, Hamilton claims it wasn’t just for the rookie moving out of his way, but that he wanted to acknowledge an impressive performance from Stroll which eventually resulted in his first F1 points.Vettel’s Ferrari team were also slow on the uptake after they failed to spot the German had sustained damage until the safety vehicle – deployed after Carlos Sainz and Felipe Massa crashed out on the opening lap – pitted and the race resumed. “We came here, the vehicle is back to where it should be”.The win marked Hamilton’s 3rd win of the season and 56th of his career. The 18-year-old Williams driver was born and raised in Montreal but will probably care more about the fact that he has scored his first points in Formula One than where he registered them. Grosjean suffered damage to his car’s nose and thus limped back into the pits for a replacement. However, with Bottas also attacking Vettel on the inside on Turn 1, the Ferrari driver was in a fix and ended up damaging front wing against the Red Bull’s rear wheel.Vettel emerged from that early stop in last place, but over the remainder of the race he charged up the order, passing the Force Indias of Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez in the closing stages to move up to fourth place before narrowly missing out on challenging Daniel Ricciardo’s Red Bull for third. Vettel, on the other hand, managed to finish fourth after a contact pushed the German to last initially in the race.There are likely to be no shortage of heated recriminations in the Force India garage, with the pacier Ocon, who eventually finished behind Perez in sixth, furious that the team did not swap the duo around as he targeted a podium place.He exited in 11th place ahead of two-time champion Spaniard Fernando Alonso in his McLaren Honda, Spaniard Carlos Sainz of Toro Rosso, Frenchman Romain Grosjean of Haas and in 15th place Briton Jolyon Palmer of Renault.”I was really able to absorb the moment and enjoy driving the auto”.Instead he pit for fresh rubber, knowing full well his opponents wouldn’t have to, gambling that he would be able to make up the loss in time and then overtake them in the 20 laps that remained.Vettel fell from second the fourth off the start as his Ferrari was clipped by Verstappen.