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Lewis Hamilton has claimed back-to-back F1 race victories to slash Nico Rosberg's advantage in the drivers' championship to nine points after Ferrari's alternate strategy falls short for Sebastian Vettel.

Despite losing out to Vettel in the blast off the grid, pole-sitter Hamilton maintained his composure to see his one-stop strategy triumph after Ferrari pitted Vettel under a virtual safety car early on.

A switch to super-soft tyres meant Vettel would need to pit again and despite his fresher rubber the German couldn't catch in Hamilton who grabbed a comfortable fifth career victory in Canada.

Hamilton's joy was maximised after Rosberg suffered another miserable race which was sparked after he was bumped off track into turn one, dropping to ninth at the end of lap one.

After fighting through the order Rosberg's efforts were dampened by a slow right-rear tyre puncture forcing him to pit again and despite his late race charge suffered an off on the penultimate lap trying to overtake Max Verstappen for fourth but was able to recover to take an underwhelming fifth.

A quiet and untroubled race yielded Valtteri Bottas a podium with third in the Williams, a impress feat having beaten both Red Bulls with Verstappen fourth and Rosberg picking up just 10 points with fifth.

As a result, Rosberg's F1 championship points lead has been decimated by Hamilton - slipping from 43 points to nine in just two races as the Mercedes pair set up an intense title battle.

Further back, Kimi Raikkonen also lost out having pitted for super-softs under the Virtual Safety Car and was forced to settle for an underwhelming sixth.

Daniel Ricciardo lost out in traffic during the opening third of the race and Red Bull's pace and tyre wear curtailed his charge to seventh place.

The 'best of the rest' saw Force India's Nico Hulkenberg steer clear of trouble in eighth while arguably the drive of the day came from Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz.

The Spaniard, forced to start from 20th after a gearbox change due to his qualifying shunt, carved through the field and made his strategy work perfectly for ninth ahead of Sergio Perez who struggled to replicate his Monaco performance on the alternate strategy in tenth.

Despite a promising qualifying it turned out to be a frustrating Canadian Grand Prix for Fernando Alonso who narrowly missed out on the points in 11th, while Jenson Button's race was over on lap 12 when he suffered an engine fire which prompted the Virtual Safety Car.

Daniil Kvyat has made up for a frustrating outing in Monaco with a solid showing for 12th place ahead of both Haas cars who finished in the places they started with Esteban Gutierrez 13th and Romain Grosjean 14th.

Marcus Ericsson triumphed despite his three-place grid penalty carried over from Monaco to take 15th ahead of the sole finishing Renault of Kevin Magnussen, with Jolyon Palmer suffering an oil leak midway through the race.

Pascal Wehrlien claimed 17th for Manor ahead of the Sauber of Felipe Nasr as Rio Haryanto completed the finishers in 19th place.

With Button and Palmer failing to finish Felipe Massa became the final retirement in a largely trouble-free Canadian Grand Prix, with the Williams driver being forced to stop due to a terminal power unit problem.

 

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