Championship done and dusted?

The result of it all means that Hamilton has now opened up an even bigger championship lead, and Ferrari - although this time through no fault of its own - witnessed another victory chance go begging.

With Hamilton claiming his seventh win at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and fifth win of the season, coupled with Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas finishing fourth, the Briton now holds a 29-point advantage at the top of the standings and is well on course to become a six-time world champion.

Bottas now will need to hit the form of his life and rely on Hamilton encountering some kind of misfortune for the Finn to realistically turn around such a margin against a driver of Hamilton’s quality and consistency.

Hamilton is on an extraordinary run of having scored 407 of the last 457 points on offer and claiming 13 wins in 18 starts. In stark contrast, Vettel has gone 18 races since he tasted the winners’ champagne.

For Ferrari, the picture looks even bleaker. Victory in Canada would have been a welcome boost to try and turnaround its fortunes, but the disappointment will be hard for all to stomach at Maranello.

Hamilton is now 62 points clear of Vettel with little sign of his momentum coming to an end, while Ferrari sits a whopping 123 points adrift. The Scuderia is now looking over its shoulder towards third-placed Red Bull, which is only 48 points behind and proving Ferrari’s closest competition.

There is still a long way to go, but unless Ferrari can transform its fortunes fast, the championship will pass the point of being salvageable.


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