Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes turned a corner with Canadian Grand Prix win

Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes turned a corner with Canadian Grand Prix win

Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes turned a corner with Canadian Grand Prix win

Lewis Hamilton admitted his victory in the Canadian Grand Prix was crucial to his and his Mercedes team's championship hopes this year.

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 don't know why Montreal has been so good to me over the years but I love driving this track".

'I knew we could recover position because the auto is quick, but you have to fight your way through the field which is a lot of work, and it's not easy.

The German manufacturer's race was made easier by a troubled outing for Ferrari, as championship leader Sebastian Vettel could only recover to fourth after opening-lap front wing damage - and teammate Kimi Raikkonen had to settle for seventh due to late-race brake woes.

Pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton got a much better start than a year ago and held the lead in Turn 1. "I can't believe it came together so well".

Verstappen, who rose from fifth to second at the start, had to retire after 11 laps with electrical problems.

Daniil Kvyat was annoyed to say the least when he was given two penalties for one offense but was probably more frustrated when he retired towards the end of the race.

Ricciardo celebrated the achievement by doing his now-famous "shoey" in front of a cheering Montreal crowd and then encouraging post-race interviewer Sir Patrick Stewart to do one of his own on the podium.

Meanwhile, Alonso's miserable season took another sorry twist after his engine expired with two laps left, while running in 10th place. "They may be super-quick at the next race in Baku, so to close the gap is going to take a lot, but anything can happen". However he remains optimistic about the race, and with the Ferrari's ability to make good starts, he has a pretty good chance of reversing the situation come Sunday. As a kid I thought maybe, one day, I can get to Formula One and emulate Ayrton.

Ricciardo finished third for the third race in a row, and drank champagne from his shoe on the podium. It was a scintillating duel between Hamilton and Vettel, adding another line in what is shaping up as a season long fight.

"I sent a message to my guys to say we needed everything to be ideal, right on the point, and they did it today".

"I had a little bit of a feel out of Turn 6, and then the safety vehicle came but I wasn't sure because the first lap of the race, especially because it was very windy today, I thought it might have been a gust On the first lap I thought the tyres were not there".

Nico Hulkenberg was eighth for Renault, while there was home delight as Canadian driver Lance Stroll scored his first points in F1 when he finished ninth in his Williams. The Spaniard's Belgian team mate Stoffel Vandoorne had an even more frustrating day and will start 16th in the 20 auto field.

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