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Canadian GP: Lewis Hamilton hits six for first time in his F1 career as Ferrari stumbles

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Canadian GP: Lewis Hamilton hits six for first time in his F1 career as Ferrari stumbles
Jun 11, 2017, 9:29 PM

Lewis Hamilton led the Canadian Grand Prix from start-to-finish for his sixth career Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix victory to close the gap on Seba...

Lewis Hamilton led the Canadian Grand Prix from start-to-finish for his sixth career Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix victory to close the gap on Sebastian Vettel. It is the first time in his career that Hamilton has won the same race six times.

Earlier in the weekend he became only the third driver in F1 history to set 65 career pole positions, but two years younger than Ayrton Senna and five years younger than Michael Schumacher to hit that mark.

The polesitter ensured Mercedes' first one-two of the season, as everything fell into place from the start while Ferrari suffered setbacks from a chaotic opening few laps, some strange strategy moves on Raikkonen's car and barely recovered.

Hamilton crossed the line 19.7s in front of team-mate Valtteri Bottas and moved within 13 points of Ferrari's Vettel in the drivers' championship.

He defended his position ferociously through the first two corners from Max Verstappen in the opening lap, while Bottas was very aggressive with Vettel, diving down the inside into Turn 1. Bottas got a flat spot on his front tyre, Vettel sustained some wing damage from contact with Verstappen and had to make an early stop.

Hamilton, seeing all this with a smile no doubt, swiftly pulled away until a Safety Car interrupted proceedings; but that lead was untouched for the rest of the race.

Haas' Romain Grosjean clipped Carlos Sainz Jr and the Toro Rosso was sent careering into Felipe Massa, leading to the retirements of Sainz and Massa, into the barriers in Turn 4.

In that opening sequence, Kimi Raikkonen was leapfrogged by Force India's Sergio Perez and championship leader Vettel lost part of his front wing due to early contact with Bottas; he was pitted on lap six and relegated to the rear.

Verstappen had moved from fifth to second place through the first corner, but his race ended as the Red Bull hit a battery problem and turned off on lap 11 on the exit of Turn 2, triggering a Virtual Safety Car.

On the restart, Kevin Magnussen was given a drive-through penalty for jumping McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne before the caution was withdrawn and the Dane ended 12th with Vandoorne two places behind.

Vettel eventually recovered to fourth place, due in part to Raikkonen's sluggishness and late-race brake problems which left the Finn seventh, narrowly ahead of Renault's Nico Hulkenberg. Moreover, it was due to Force India missing the chance to gain a rare podium spot.

Daniel Ricciardo pitted on lap 19 for soft tyres, one lap after Raikkonen who was sent in to undercut his third place competitors. The Australian came out ahead of both but behind Force India counterpart Esteban Ocon, who was second at the time.

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Ocon later pitted and rejoined behind team-mate Perez, who was given a three-lap deadline to overtake Ricciardo on lap 60 by his team as the Mexican's tyres were dropping off and he was holding back Ocon. There was no intention from Perez of letting the young Frenchman have his place and attack Ricciardo on super-soft tyres.

Hamilton and Bottas pulled away as the Force Indias squabbled and Vettel was in striking distance of the pink duo with five laps left. Perez wouldn't budge and Ocon was first to fall into Vettel's clutches with a mistake in Turn 1 on lap 66 of 70.

Perez lost fourth place to Vettel after a fantastic recovery for with a couple of laps remaining, but by this time Bottas and Ricciardo had been gifted second and third place, respectively.

A frustrated Ocon settled for sixth as Perez, just 0.060s ahead, clung onto his eventual fifth place finish.

Fernando Alonso suffered another engine failure in the race's closing stages this time, and the IndyCar returnee jumped into the crowd to let off some steam as his tenth place finish was lost to Romain Grosjean.

This was McLaren's chance to score its first point of the season but Alonso was resigned to a non-finish on the penultimate lap. The Spaniard ran as high as fourth at one point, showing his skill and composure even as the Honda-powered MCL32 struggled on Circuit Gilles Villeneuve's long straights.

Homecoming rookie Lance Stroll picked up his first career points, finishing ninth in front of the Montreal crowd in a performance which was noticeable calmer than before.

Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat helped Stroll's case as the Russian faced a 10-second penalty as he stalled on the grid on the formation lap and incorrectly rejoined, according to the stewards.

He eventually retired with a mechanical issue, but only after his woes worsened. He was brought in for a late pitstop but his team brought out the wrong tyres, leaving him stranded defencelessly on the jacks.

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2017 Canadian Grand Prix, Results: 

POSITION

DRIVER

CAR

GAP

1

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes

1h33m05.153s

2

Valtteri Bottas

Mercedes

19.783s

3

Daniel Ricciardo

Red Bull

35.297s

4

Sebastian Vettel

Ferrari

35.907s

5

Sergio Perez

Force India

40.476s

6

Esteban Ocon

Force India

40.716s

7

Kimi Raikkonen

Ferrari

58.632s

8

Nico Hulkenberg

Renault

1m00.374s

9

Lance Stroll

Williams

1 Lap

10

Romain Grosjean

Haas

1 Lap

11

Jolyon Palmer

Renault

1 Lap

12

Kevin Magnussen

Haas

1 Lap

13

Marcus Ericsson

Sauber

1 Lap

14

Stoffel Vandoorne

McLaren

1 Lap

15

Pascal Wehrlein

Sauber

2 Laps

16

Fernando Alonso

McLaren

4 Laps

-

Daniil Kvyat

Toro Rosso

Retirement

-

Max Verstappen

Red Bull

Retirement

-

Carlos Sainz

Toro Rosso

Collision

-

Felipe Massa

Williams

Collision

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