Hamilton: Canadian GP "a great blow to Ferrari"

Hamilton successfully tamed the Mercedes "diva" to secure a lights-to-flag victory on a near-perfect weekend for the world champions.

The podium interview was exciting too, with Sir Patrick Stewart making an appearance and drinking one of Ricciardo's famous shoeys-that's champagne out of the driver's shoe, if you're not familiar with the practice, and yes it's as disgusting as it sounds. "Every year the energy grows!"

"I'd equalled Ayrton in race wins (41) a while ago so this was the focus for me. It's great and I'm over the moon".

"I got a really good start, so I was generally in the clear", he said. But fourth was what he had to settle for in the end, the first time all year he has finished off the rostrum.

Matters got worse at the end of lap five, when Vettel was hauled into the pits for repairs to his front wing. "I had a bit of a lock-up but I knew there was an opportunity and I dived in".

Germany's Sebastian Vettel with Ferrari came in fourth after he managed to pass Mexico's Sergio Perez with Force India followed by Perez's French colleague Esteban Ocon.

The safety vehicle came out on the opening lap when, on the first turn, Romain Grosjean's Haas nudged Carlos Sainz's Toro Rosso, which plowed into the side of Stroll's Williams teammate Felipe Massa.

The race delivered immediate drama.

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THE goalposts may have moved in Formula One this season but, after a dominant one-two in Canada on Sunday, triple world champion Lewis Hamilton feels Mercedes are back on target.

Then he and Bottas thrashed Ferrari, turning the tables on their rivals who finished one-two in Monaco.

"In these five years [with Mercedes], I've not seen the team pull so well together and work towards the same cause, to understand the vehicle and come here and deliver what we delivered - a great blow to Ferrari".

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

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. "It was bad that we didn't spot it - I had a little bit of a feel [that there was damage] out of Turn 6 and then the safety vehicle came, but I wasn't sure because it was the first lap of the race and it was very windy, so I thought it might have been a gust and the first lap the tyres are not there". One of the problems was the wind tunnel gave them one reading and the simulator gave them a different and along with that a mistake in setting up their auto which prevented them getting Pirelli's supersoft and ultrasoft tires working in their limited temperature windows.

Controlling the race from start to finish, Hamilton claimed his sixth win at the event.

When Vettel responded, Hamilton did it again to create a new track record after the pair had delivered the first sub 1:12 laps in the circuit's history.

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