Niki Lauda: 'Championship long enough for Lewis Hamilton win'

Niki Lauda: 'Championship long enough for Lewis Hamilton win'

Niki Lauda: 'Championship long enough for Lewis Hamilton win'

Lewis Hamilton is to the Canadian Grand Prix what Rafael Nadal is to the French Open, or so it seems after the Briton executed a scintillating drive to win his sixth race in Montreal and third in a row.

At what turned out to be the most exciting race of the season so far, Hamilton won in dominant fashion, achieving the fourth Grand Chelem of his career by taking pole position, the win, the fastest lap of the race, and leading every lap.

Ferrari, with championship leader Sebastian Vettel chalking up his third win in six races, had just scored their first one-two finish since 2010.

"It's been an incredible weekend - I couldn't be happier", the 32-year-old Hamilton said after the race.

"To come away from Monaco, everyone pulled together and I don't think in five years I have ever seen them pull together like they did", he said.

"I think for us, we really solidified our strength, we've got a better understanding of the vehicle and hope we can put it in the same spot in the following races", he told Sky Sports television. "All the guys in the team, in the factory, have really worked hard to fix the issues that we had in the last race to bring it here and really give it to the Ferraris".

Mexican Sergio Perez finished fifth after a bruising battle with his Force India team-mate Esteban Ocon of France, who was sixth.

The safety auto came out on the opening lap when, on the first turn, Romain Grosjean's Haas nudged Carlos Sainz's Toro Rosso, which plowed into the side of Massa's Williams. "I felt something out of Turn 6, 7, and then there was a safety vehicle".

Vettel had also qualified on the front row in Montreal but the expected battle between the two title contenders failed to materialise, with the German having to fight through the field after his car's front wing was broken on the opening lap.

Hamilton was pushed early on by Red Bull's Max Verstappen but just when the Dutchman appeared poised to strike, he was forced to withdraw at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. "I think it was clear that today we could have been better than fourth, but that's how we finished and what is done is done", said Vettel.

"Overall, we know we have a strong vehicle". Sainz, the instigator in the melee, ended up sliding out of control until he slammed into the Williams of innocent bystander Felipe Massa.

"Unfortunately for him he only managed to get past the Force Indias with four laps to go and it was simply not enough time to get past Daniel Ricciardo [in third], who had spent most of the race defending his Red Bull's position", says Clancy.

Bottas said: "As a team we really needed this one-two to get the points and I am very proud of this team and what they have done since Monaco".

Hamilton successfully tamed the Mercedes "diva" to secure a lights-to-flag victory on a near-perfect weekend for the world champions.

With two laps to go, Vettel, a man inspired, passed Perez at the final chicane to snatch fourth. Hamilton is 12 points behind Vettel.

Sainz was given a three-spot grid penalty for the next race, in Azerbaijan, for his role in the crash that knocked him and Massa from the race and left Romain Grosjean with front wing damage.

"I am proud of you for doing that", Hamilton said before Stewart, star of stage and screen, replied: "I don't care".

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