Lewis Hamilton won the Canadian Grand Prix for Mercedes – his 45th career win and his second victory of the season and paying tribute to former three-time heavyweight world champion Muhammad Ali.
Defending world champion recovered from a poor start to secure top podium and close the gap in the F1 championship on Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.
“Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee. That’s for Muhammad Ali,” said Hamilton over the team radio just after Chequered Flag.
“I was just floating out there, the car was really floating,” the Brit said
“The last 15 laps all I could do was think of him (Ali). The Rumble in the Jungle. Maybe he was watching the race. But RIP. This was for him.”
Hamilton acknowledged in the post-race podium interview — he was slowly away again.
“Today I had another really bad start, not sure why — possibly overheated the clutch,” he said.
“Feel very grateful that Nico and I didn’t damage our cars.”