Lewis Hamilton showed some incredible pace this weekend at Montreal in the 2017 Formula One Canadian Grand Prix as he managed to come closer to Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in the championship standings.
Lewis Hamilton has closed the gap on championship leader Sebastian Vettel after a commanding victory at Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix.
Hamilton - still fresh from sealing the 65th pole position of his career which drew him level with the tally of his boyhood hero Ayrton Senna - led every lap in a masterful display at a track which has been so kind to him over the years.
"I tried to be aggressive and get ahead of the Ferraris", said Bottas.
"Also we know now, after the last race, where to develop this auto moving forward, which I think is really going to make a difference in winning this championship".
With his chief rival out of the equation, Hamilton was able to control the race at the front in a performance that was reminiscent of those he had been more used to having between 2014 and 2016. The race was a damage limitation exercise for the Ferrari driver but, given the circumstances, Vettel will be satisfied that he finished just one place short of a podium position and collected points which could prove vital come the end of the season. "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".
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His third win of 2017, and 56th victory of his career, cut his deficit from 25 to 12 points from Vettel, as the German recovered from his early misdemeanours to finish in fourth spot.
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 ideal weekend. "With the two Force Indias it was quite hard - they were very quick down the straights, and then when you have this phenomenon of cars behind each other all giving each other a tow and you're at the back end, it's not easy to create something". "The guys did an fantastic job. It tested the concentration, but I'm very happy".
It will be a major challenge for Hamilton to hold him off in the race. "We saw some encouraging signs, but we need to work in just the same way to translate them into more success in Baku".
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. Lance Stroll scored his first points in F1 at his home race with P9.
And the lack of threat posed to the 32-year-old meant he could bask in the glory of the occasion. Driving like a man possessed, he salvaged fourth place with two laps remaining.
His veteran teammate Felipe Massa was seventh in qualifying. He fended off an early threat from Red Bull's Max Verstappen and led all 70 laps of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. That sent Vettel near the back of the field on a suboptimal strategy, after which he spent a little over half the race distance working his way up to sixth place.