Sebastian Vettel 'a bit unfortunate' with opening lap contact

Dream come true Lewis Hamilton has equalled Ayrton Senna’s record of 65 pole positionsCHRIS WATTIE

Lewis Hamilton took a sixth Canadian Grand Prix victory Sunday to close the gap on Sebastian Vettel in the Formula 1 world championship race.

Perhaps not as much as Hamilton, whose 56th career win came on the track where he got his first in 2007. "Every year the energy grows!"

On the 10th anniversary of his very first victory in the sport here, Hamilton romped to his sixth win at Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve to move to within 12 points of Vettel in the title race. "I am just over the moon".

Vettel said he did not spot that the wing was badly damaged because the safety vehicle came out before he had had a chance to get a proper feel for the auto.

"I know he's had such a hard season", Hamilton told Sky Sports F1.

Lewis Hamilton's win in the Canada, which is his third this season, cut Sebastian Vettel's lead down to 9 as the Ferrari driver finished in fourth place.

A first-lap mishap that damaged the two Ferraris made it an easy day for the Mercedes AMG team, with Hamilton taking the chequered flag and teammate Valterri Bottas safely in second place.

While Ricciardo was laughing on the podium, he had a tough race, fending off the challenge of Force India drivers Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon over the last 15 laps.

Haas F1 driver Romain Grosjean picked up a point by finishing 10th. "Lewis delivered a stellar performance this weekend with a pole lap that was nearly scary when you watch the onboard, and then a totally dominant race".

The champions looked their old selves in Montreal as Hamilton led team mate Valtteri Bottas to their first one-two since the Finn joined in January as replacement for retired champion Nico Rosberg.

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

"I don't think in the five years at this team, they have pulled together so well, really work towards the same cause, and to understand the auto".

"We came out last, and I knew we could recover because the vehicle is quick, so we were much quicker than the cars ahead, but you have to fight your way through the field, which is a lot of work, not easy, the tires are also suffering at that point", Vettel said. He was up to seventh when he made another pit in Lap 50 to prepare for a final charge.

"Ferrari have been doing a fantastic job all year but I just think this was Mercedes at its best", he said.

With the Force India cars battling with each other, Vettel overtook Ocon in the 66th lap and then, after leaving the track in a chicane, passed Perez as well. Nonetheless, Vettel is still twelve points ahead of Hamilton and his efforts today may well prove to have been decisive as their tight championship battle develops. That ended the race for Sainz and Massa, while Grosjean pitted for a new nose piece.

'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 race started with Hamilton on pole position, which was his 65th career pole. Driving like a man possessed, he salvaged fourth place with two laps remaining.

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