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Mercedes take top two podium spots in Canadian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton puts Monaco debacle behind him with Canadian GP pole Mercedes take top two podium spots in Canadian Grand Prix
Pammachio Corsino | 25 Giugno, 2017, 14:31

Mercedes responded in the flawless 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. On lap 11, Verstappen's Red Bull died at the side of the track, ending his day and leaving Hamilton and Bottas alone in front.

Asked by RACER how much the fight with Ferrari is pushing him to produce his best as a driver, Hamilton replied: "I would say my opinion is that it is a little bit more so for us because we are having a vehicle that is not working everywhere".

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

"We came out last", Vettel said.

"It has been smooth", Hamilton said. I just couldn't be happier with how it's gone and I'm so grateful for this result.

Renault's Jolyon Palmer had a slightly better race this time, finishing in P11, while Magnussen took P12 and Ericsson P13.

Hamilton's afternoon stroll was made all that much easier when Vettel, who started alongside the Mercedes man on the front row, was left fighting for fourth on the short dash to turn one.

"It was a sexy lap", Hamilton said. But the F1 leader lost time in Turn 2 and couldn't make up the time.


The mood was not almost as upbeat when Mercedes arrived in Montreal on the back of a miserable Monaco where triple world champion Hamilton qualified 13th and finished seventh, with Bottas fourth. "But the auto is really good".

"I couldn't rest the whole race".

Hamilton, who in claiming the 56th career victory also reduced the gap to title rival Vettel in the championship to 12 points, says he was relieved Mercedes was able to overcome its hard Monaco weekend and praised his team for recovering so quickly. "It's all about tomorrow".

Bottas remains third while Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen is fourth - the Finn could only finish seventh on Sunday. After the 2017 Mercedes remained stubbornly uncooperative two weeks ago at Monaco, around-the-clock work at their Brackley headquarters facilitated the team's first one-two of the season in Montreal to puncture Ferrari's resurgent momentum.

"I tried to be aggressive and get ahead of the Ferraris", said Bottas. It should put us in strong position from here moving forward. Both teams also seem to be leaving Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen behind with only 67 and 45 points, respectively. "We can't do that at the moment".

Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso continued to struggle with his McLaren Honda. "The first priority tomorrow will be to finish the race. We've scored a big load of solid points and it's well deserved".

Native Montrealer Lance Stroll was ninth - the first-ever points for the 18-year-old rookie; Hamilton gave him a thumbs-up as he passed on the track. He was locked out of a chance to improve when a crash by Pascal Wehrlein ended the first qualifying session early.

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