Lewis Hamilton's Formula 1 love affair with the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve continued on Sunday afternoon as he converted pole position into his sixth Canadian Grand Prix victory.

Hamilton enjoyed a stress-free race en route to his third win of the season for Mercedes, cutting the gap to drivers' championship leader Sebastian Vettel after the Ferrari driver saw his run of top two finishes come to an end.

A slow start led to contact between Vettel and Max Verstappen, leaving the German with front wing damage that forced him into an early pit stop.

Verstappen's rocket start came to no avail as a battery issue forced him to stop on-track before the first round of pit stops, elevating Hamilton's team-mate, Valtteri Bottas, into second place.

Bottas was able to hold on to complete Mercedes' first one-two finish of the year, leaving the key intrigue around the battle for third place in the closing stages.

Daniel Ricciardo, Sergio Perez, Esteban Ocon and the recovery Vettel all battled for position before Ferrari opted to bring its driver in for a second stop and a fresh set of ultra-soft tyres.

Vettel went on a late charge to cut the gap to the trio ahead, all of whom stayed out, with Force India requesting on multiple occasions that Perez let Ocon - who was on faster tyres - past. Perez refused, instead pushing himself to take the fight to Ricciardo ahead.

Ricciardo was able to peel away and secure third, leaving Ocon and Perez to deal with the chasing Vettel with five laps to go. Ocon and Vettel both looked to pass Perez into the first corner, only to make light contact and drop back.

Both drivers escaped damage and quickly resumed their battle, with Vettel making his fresher tyres work still, securing fourth place in the process. Perez emerged victorious in a race to the line against Ocon, taking P5 for Force India.

Kimi Raikkonen had a disappointing race en route to P7, with a brake issue hindering his pace in the closing stages of the race. Nico Hulkenberg followed Raikkonen home in eighth place for Renault, the French manufacturer returning to the points after a non-score in Monaco.

Lance Stroll put in a sensational display in front of his home fans to fight back from 17th on the grid to finish ninth, making a series of overtakes in the process. The result marked Stroll's first points in F1 as he also became the first Canadian driver besides Jacques and Gilles Villeneuve to get on the scoreboard.

Two weeks on from his heartbreaking retirement from the Indianapolis 500, Fernando Alonso suffered another late setback as he was forced to retire with just three laps to go while running P10 and on for McLaren's first point of the year. The Spaniard immediately hopped out of his car and ventured up into one of the grandstands, throwing his gloves to fans. Romain Grosjean benefitted from Alonso's retirement, taking a point for P10.

More to follow


Loading Comments...