Lewis Hamilton WINS Canadian Grand Prix in a Mercedes One-Two - Vettel 4th

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Lewis Hamilton led home a Mercedes one-two at the Canadian Grand Prix as he closed to within 12 points of championship leader Sebastian Vettel, who finished a battling fourth having battled back from 18th after sustaining damage to his front wing on lap five.

The Mercedes driver controlled the race from the start to finish.

But the grand prix fell into Hamilton's lap within a few seconds of the start.

(Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP).

Britain's Lewis Hamilton triumphed "with ease" in the Canadian Grand Pix on Sunday held at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.

(Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP).

For Hamilton and his Mercedes teammate Valteri Bottas, it was a stress-free race.

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.

Not since the heyday of Hamilton's childhood hero Ayrton Senna's intense rivalry with his McLaren team-mate Alain Prost almost 30 years ago has a battle for glory so comprehensively captured the imagination. It doesn't mean it's going to be like that all the time, but I think we learned a lot.

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

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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.

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.

The pink cars of Ocon and Sergio Perez both showed excellent pace and found themselves able to race Daniel Ricciardo for third, both sitting just behind the Australian but also both aware that Raikkonen and Vettel were on their way up the road. He then shared a sip with actor Sir Patrick Stewart, who was serving as the post-race master of ceremonies.

"I don't think we've completely got rid of all the issues we have", he said. He then fought back through the field.

Sainz caused an opening lap crash with Massa, bringing out the safety auto, and will carry a three-place grid penalty over to the next race in Azerbaijan.

Hamilton only saw the damage in his mirrors. I enjoyed it, it was fun, it was good racing.

"We have finally taken a one-two finish and done so at a track that we expected would be hard for us", Wolff said.

There are likely to be no shortage of heated recriminations in the Force India garage, with the pacier Ocon, who eventually finished behind Perez in sixth, furious that the team did not swap the duo around as he targeted a podium place.

Force India also had its problems, despite another strong double-points finish with Pérez in fifth and Ocon in sixth.

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