November 19 2017

Hamilton wins F1 Canadian GP, picks up points on Vettel

November 19 2017, 06:46 | Sammy Rose

Hamilton equals Senna on 65 poles with storming lap in Canada

Hamilton wins pole at Canadian GP for 3rd year in a row

MONTREAL (AP) - Lewis Hamilton managed to avoid the jostling for position behind him on the opening lap of the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Winning pole position at one of his favourite races was a thrill for Lewis Hamilton, but being presented afterward with a helmet once worn by his boyhood idol Ayrton Senna had the defending Canadian Grand Prix champion almost in tears.

"Every bad race we have we are losing points to Ferrari so for sure we need to pick up some pace, make the vehicle better, quicker, improve mechanically. anything is going to help".

Today's win was Hamilton's 6 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, and you feel, one of his most crucial.

Vettel holds a 129-104 lead over Hamilton in the standings as Mercedes and Ferrari have dueled in one of the most competitive seasons in recent memory.

"They're still very, very quick". "Today we showed that we can have an answer (to Ferrari) if we put the work in". Under pressure from Sergio Pérez throughout and latterly Esteban Ocon and Sebastian Vettel, Ricciardo drove a faultless race to keep his rivals behind him and take a third consecutive third place in 2017.

Vettel suffered damage to his vehicle when being overtaken by Red Bull's Max Verstappen at the first corner and pitted for repairs four laps later, but he refused to blame the Dutch youngster. This began a race long damage limitation exercise, and both Ferraris ended up switching to a charging 2 stop strategy. Force India kept the ultrasoft-shod Ocon out until the 32nd lap, by which time he was running second to Hamilton.

His veteran teammate Felipe Massa was seventh in qualifying.

Hamilton made the most of the re-start and resisted another Verstappen attack before Vettel, his front wing clearly damaged, pitted for repairs.

As they squabbled and battled, Vettel was able to get right behind them and pull off the overtake of the race: a courageous late-braking move on the dusty tarmac of the inside of turn 1 to get by Esteban Ocon.

The 18-year-old rookie, whose progression through the motorsport ranks has been bankrolled by his fashion billionaire father Lawrence Stroll, has struggled for speed and he will start a lowly and disappointing 17th after falling at the first hurdle of qualifying. This wasn't to be sadly, and on lap 11 he pulled off to the side of the track after turn 2, with the eventual culprit revealed to be a sick battery unit.

Verstappen had an electric start and shot up the outside into turn one, while Vettel dropped two spots into fourth but he had not only lost places.

Taking up the challenge, Daniel Ricciardo found himself up to third place.

Force India impress, but could they have done better? Perez and Ocon were not done there, having a drag race to the line which the Mexican driver won, though Ocon criticised his teammate in the closing laps. "And the best I can do is get plenty of points for the team", Perez replied.

To the delight of the Canadian crowd he pulled off his boot, poured some champagne and drank up, before asking Stewart if he wanted some.Before Stewart could change his mind Ricciardo pulled off his other boot and filled it with champagne, before Stewart said "Cheers" and quaffed it. This is the only weekend they've had not the greatest result - but they've not a seventh or something like we've had. He then fought back through the field.

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