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Sebastian Vettel 'a bit unfortunate' with opening lap contact

Sebastian Vettel 'a bit unfortunate' with opening lap contact”

Lewis Hamilton had one of the more straightforward wins of his illustrious career as he cruised to victory at the Canadian Grand Prix.

The goalposts may have moved in Formula One this season but, after a dominant one-two in Canada on Sunday, three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton feels Mercedes are back on target. There were some manoeuvres where I almost wanted to close my eyes - but ultimately I think the team and the vehicle deserved more.

"Nevertheless I feel the vehicle is very good, I was really happy this morning, I was happy this afternoon and it should be very good in the race so I'm looking forward to tomorrow".

"I know what I did, what issues I had, at the time that I encountered them, so I don't have to go back over that".

Valtteri Bottas was second, 19.7 seconds behind, to give Mercedes a sweep of the top two spots as it jostles with Ferrari in the championship points race.

"I saw he was in sixth and I was like, "that's great.' Then he was fifth I was like 'oh, I hope he stays there.' Then he got to fourth I thought 'I hope he doesn't get any higher than that"!"

Vettel started on the front row but finished off the podium for the first time this year.

While Ricciardo was laughing on the podium, he had a tough race, fending off the challenge of Force India drivers Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon over the last 15 laps.

"We learnt a lot from Monaco, and we have learnt a lot from this weekend, too", said Hamilton, who is now just 12 points shy of Vettel in the championship.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel also suffered front wing damage at the restart and had to pit for a new nose. "I was fairly busy the whole race, had a lot of things to do, from a racing point of view was great, I really enjoyed it, it wasn't boring at all, but yeah I think as I said, the pace was there, the vehicle deserved to finish higher up". Carlos Sainz Jr lost control of his Toro Rosso at Turn 3 on the first lap after contact with Grosjean, and he slid into the Williams of Felipe Massa, taking both men out of proceedings.

"It's always been a special place for me", said Hamilton.

"I am so happy".

Verstappen, who had started from fifth, was at least doing his part to keep Hamilton honest when the pack was released on lap five.

Still chasing his first race win of 2017, Ricciardo heads to the Azerbaijan Grand Prix later this month, where he finished seventh previous year.

Max Verstappen had a great start, sending his Red Bull around the outside of the leaders and ending the first lap in second, but his race was short-lived, a battery failure in his hybrid system ending his race after just 10 of 70 laps.

The real drama occurred behind the lead pair, with Daniel Ricciardo claiming third with a faultless drive for Red Bull.

Romain Grosjean inherited the final point for Haas after Fernando Alonso's McLaren stopped with mechanical problems in the closing laps, leaving the Spaniard and the British team still without a point in the 2017 season.



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