Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, of Britain, celebrates after winning the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, of Britain, celebrates after winning the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal Tom Boland

Hamilton win puts pressure on F1 drivers' leader

LEWIS Hamilton has dominated an exciting Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix to slash a big chunk out of Sebastian Vettel's championship lead.

Hamilton led every lap from pole, setting the fastest lap late in the race, finishing ahead of Valtteri Bottas as Mercedes claimed its first 1-2 finish of 2017.

Daniel Ricciardo rounded out the podium after a tense battle for third.

 

Hamilton led all the way after taking pole position but was under attack early when Max Verstappen got a huge jump off the grid, launching his Red Bull from fifth to second by the first corner.

At the third corner Romain Grosjean, and Carlos Sainz got into a tangle, which resulted in Sainz's Toro Rosso spearing across the track, clipping the Williams of Felipe Massa and hitting the wall.

The incident ended both their days and brought out the safety car. At the restart Verstappen attacked Hamilton hard, almost making a pass that would have changed the race. A few laps later his day was done as his Red Bull succumbed to what was most likely a power unit failure.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel also suffered front wing damage at the restart and had to pit for a new nose.

The German then produced a storming drive to finish fourth, overtaking the Force India of Sergio Perez on the penultimate lap.

Ricciardo then had enough of a gap to hold off the faster Ferrari, after spending his final 15 laps fending off challenged from Perez.

News Corp Australia

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