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Hamilton Closes Gap In Formula One Championship Race

19 June 2017

Hamilton's sixth win in Canada, and third in a row in Montreal, was the 56th of his career.

Hamilton led cleanly off the grid as, behind him, Verstappen attacked and swept around the outside into Turn One to take second place from Vettel, apparently clipping the front wing of the Ferrari in the process. "Every year the energy grows!"

"It's been an incredible weekend - I couldn't be happier", the 32-year-old Hamilton said after the race. "It was really down to the team, great minds working together, communicating". "I am just over the moon". "I could feel the crowd behind me unlike the first year because now people know me".

"I would have liked some more laps to finish on the podium, the trophy here looked nice. that was my target and I missed it". "I had a bit of a lock-up but I knew there was an opportunity and I dived in".

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At the third corner, Romain Grosjean, and Carlos Sainz got into a tangle, resulting in Sainz's Toro Rosso spearing across the track, clipping the Williams of Felipe Massa and hitting the wall. "Lewis delivered a stellar performance this weekend with a pole lap that was nearly scary when you watch the onboard, and then a totally dominant race".

Lewis Hamilton has slashed the deficit to rival Sebastian Vettel in the Formula One championship after a flawless lights-to-flag victory in Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix.

In Q1, it was clearly "game on" for the leading teams, as Hamilton had forecast on Friday, and he went top with his second flying lap in 1:12.692 before Bottas trimmed that time by 0.007 seconds.

"I don't think in the five years I've been with the team, they have pulled together so well and really work towards the same cause". Verstappen's pain was Hamilton's gain as it made his task all that much easier.

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And Hamilton, whose Mercedes team moved back in charge of the constructors' championship following their one-two finish, believes he has struck a major blow to Vettel's title credentials. With him winning the Canadian championship for the sixth time, Hamilton edged closer to legendary Formula One driver Michael Schumacher, who conquered the Canadian circuit a record seven times.

Vettel made an aggressive two-stop strategy work well in the closing stages as he passed both Force India drivers, despite making light contact with Esteban Ocon at one point. With six laps to go Vettel finally caught up to the pack once again, putting him in the same position as before the pit stop but with much better grip from his tires to attempt a move. However, the Red Bull suffered an electrical failure on lap 11, which promoted Bottas to the second position.

Taking it back to the start, Carlos Sainz found himself stuck in a lot of race controversy and also a prisoner in his own vehicle after poorly cutting off Romain Grosjean which pushed him Carlos onto the grass and hurtling uncontrollably to into Felipe Massa ending both their races.

Both drivers were unhurt, but they were forced to retire as a Safety Car was deployed for three laps as the debris was cleared.

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