Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes turned a corner with Canadian Grand Prix win

Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes turned a corner with Canadian Grand Prix win

Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes turned a corner with Canadian Grand Prix win

"To repeat it this weekend is incredibly special", Hamilton said. Hamilton's pole position lap was a stunning effort that saw him equal Ayrton Senna's number of poles, a lap the Briton described as "as close as I could get" to flawless. After Ferrari had dominated the day's final practice, Hamilton moved it up a level with a lap faster than any previously recorded at the sun-bathed island circuit. "I knew we could recover, because we were quicker than the cars ahead". Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton (44), of Britain, celebrates after winning the Canadian Grand Prix, Sunday, June 11, 2017 in Montreal.

Vettel said: "I wanted to get a trophy, didn't get one".

A five-time victor at the Canadian GP, which celebrates its 50th anniversary, Hamilton already led qualifying — but by just four one-thousandths of a second over Sebastien Vettel — when he made his final trip around the circuit.

The 32-year-old Englishman and his rival Vettel have now won three races apiece in a title battle which continues to swing from one direction to the other. Even when pitting, Hamilton had gained such a large margin at the front that he was able to change tires and return to the track while still retaining the lead. But the F1 leader lost time in Turn 2 and couldn't make up the time.

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.

"The grandstand was too far away, so I said I would not get there if I throw the gloves", he said. "But the vehicle is really good".

Canada has proved kind to Hamilton over the years - indeed it was here a decade ago where the Englishman recorded his first of now 56 career triumphs - and so it proved once more this weekend.

The German and Hamilton now have three wins each, with Bottas taking the other.

"I only had fun when I saw the chequered flag", said the Australian. "It's all about tomorrow".

The win comes after a hard weekend for Mercedes at the last race in Monaco, where the team struggled to make the auto perform and Hamilton finished seventh after qualifying 14th.

"I was stuck. with Lewis in front, I couldn't really brake any deeper, otherwise I'd push him off, I had Valtteri on the left, and Max then suddenly appearing on the right". It should put us in strong position from here moving forward.

Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso continued to struggle with his McLaren Honda. He inspired me to be where I am today so to receive this is the greatest honour. "The first priority tomorrow will be to finish the race".

There was no doubt relief for Lance Stroll as well during his home race.

Wehrlein started from the pit lane after a crash in qualifying while Ericsson did a one stop strategy.

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