Hamilton and Bottas race to one-two in Canada

Lewis Hamilton wins third straight Canadian Grand Prix

Hamilton and Bottas race to one-two in Canada

Hamilton's best lap in a blazing, course-record one minute 11.459 seconds on Saturday earned the 65th pole position of his 11-year career, tying him with Senna for second place all-time, three behind Ferrari legend Michael Schumacher.

Mercedes team had a complete control right from the start till the end. "I will always remember it", he said.

Hamilton provided yet another masterclass in Montreal - his sixth win in just 10 appearances at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve - to take 13 points out of Sebastian Vettel's championship lead. "I remember coming home from school and putting on the videotape of Ayrton, so it's really unusual to think that I'm here and I have that many poles".

Coming two weeks after Monaco, where he had qualified badly and finished seventh as Ferrari enjoyed their first one-two since 2010, it was the flawless weekend.

Hamilton's win cut championship leader and four-time champion Sebastian Vettel's advantage to 12 points after the Ferrari man lost out at the start and, after an early pit stop for repairs, fought back to finish fourth.

Vettel, who leads the championship by 25 points over Hamilton, has won three races and finished second at the other three this season.

Coming two weeks after Monaco, where he had qualified badly and finished seventh as Ferrari enjoyed their first one-two since 2010, it was the flawless weekend.

Hamilton said: "It's been such an incredible weekend".

His faultless weekend represents a major contrast from the Silver Arrows' Monaco struggles, with Hamilton praising his team's work on the W08 as he swung the title pendulum yet again. "It did seem the Ferraris had the upper hand".

But he warned that there was still much to do and it would take time.

The safety auto was deployed to deal with Sainz's stricken Toro Rosso, with Hamilton leading from Verstappen and Bottas.

Vettel was not particularly slow out of the blocks, but as Bottas dived underneath the German, and Verstappen raced around the outside, the driver who had finished either first or second at every round of the season so far, was suddenly on the back foot. "They may be super-quick at the next race in Baku, so to close the gap is going to take a lot, but anything can happen".

Mercedes responded in the ideal way at the Canadian Grand Prix after their fiasco in Monaco as Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas managed a 1-2 finish for the first time this season.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was third for the third straight week, celebrating on the podium by drinking champagne out of his race-worn shoe.

Williams rookie Lance Stroll had a disappointing outing before a home crowd at his first Canadian GP.

"My first points! It is special".

His veteran teammate Felipe Massa was seventh in qualifying.

Hamilton said: " "Ferrari have done a fantastic job all year and I just think this performance was Mercedes at its best. "It's a place I love and I really do love this track".

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