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Hamilton wins as Vettel lost with strategy error



Hamilton wins as Vettel lost with strategy error

Hamilton wins as Vettel lost with strategy error

Lewis Hamilton secured his second consecutive victory of the season, also the Brit revived his title defence with a memorable triumph at the Canadian Grand Prix.

It’s also Hamilton’s fifth victory at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Montreal’s Isle Notre-Dame, where he earned his first Grand Prix win in 2007.

The Pole sitter to recover from a slow getaway and finish ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. Hamilton made also a slight collision with Rosberg on turn 1 and the German to go off the track, fall down to ninth, following facing tight battle with Bottas and Verstappen.

Valtteri Bottas did a great job again his success of 2015 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve when he claimed the Williams’ first podium finish of the season in third place.

Vettel had stormed into the lead at the start, but the Silver Arrows’ adapted single stop strategy – when Ferrari opted for super-soft – during a Virtual Safety Car period in the first session of race, and also Ferrari forced two take another stop for long lasting Soft compound.

Following the second pit-stop, he rejoins the race around seven seconds adrift behind Hamilton. New soft worked well with German and closed the gap to 4.3s between Hamilton after 55 laps, but final chicane lock-up drop him again and effectively ending his bid for victory.

Max Verstappen was fourth for Red Bull, ahead of championship leader Rosberg who was fifth in the second Mercedes after a last lap spin.

The second Ferrari, Kimi Raikkonen finished sixth ahead of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg of Force India.

Carlos Sainz came home ninth for Toro Rosso and Sergio Perez was 10th in the second Force India.

Lewis Hamilton: “Sebastian and Nico got quite a good run down to Turn 1, the tyres are cold and big under-steer. I’m very grateful me and Nico didn’t damage anything on our cars.”

“I’m just overwhelmed with today. It feels just as great as back then [the first win]”

“Thanks to everyone who came out today. We come here every year and have the best week”

Sebastian Vettel: “Lewis was a bit too quick, that was the issue! We had a fantastic start, lap one was a bit hairy, I struggled to stop the car in the last corner. Maybe I struggled a bit with the wind behind, but I was pushing all race. The tyres lasted a bit better than what we expected and that made it quite tricky to close the gap. To see the car has performance and unleash it, it was a really fun race.”

Valtteri Bottas: “Everything was perfect. The car felt really good today, I felt I was pretty on it today. I really want to thank the Williams team, everyone did an amazing job.”


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