Hamilton Strolls To Sixth Canadian Grand Prix Win

Philip Boeckman Formula One Lewis Hamilton Canadian GP

Normal service was resumed in Montreal on Sunday as Lewis Hamilton cantered to a sixth Canadian Grand Prix win and Mercedes secured their first one-two of the year. There's something about this track that evokes the sheer talent of Hamilton, it's long straights and heavy braking corners playing to his strengths.

Behind him, various battles and sub-plots ensured this was one of the better races of the 2017 Formula One season. A thrilling start saw Max Verstappen stun both Ferraris as he took P3 by the first corner, causing lasting damage to Sebastian Vettel's car in the process. It was a glimpse of the talent of the teenager that has seldom been seen this season, largely due to reliability issues. Those problems reared its ugly head once again on lap 11. The great start by the Dutchman was undone in a matter of seconds as his engine cut out on the approach to turn 3. Verstappen was visibly exasperated, flailing his hands and slamming his wheel. 

Meanwhile, Sebastian Vettel, having pitted on lap 3 to change his front wing, was floundering at the back of the grid. Damage to his sideboards and undercarriage was hampering his speed and control, but the four-time world champions showed why he is exactly that; he rose like a phoenix through the grid and sliced his way into the points. Despite making two-stops, a death-sentence of sorts on this track, and having a damaged car, the German managed to finish in P4 after some thrilling racing in the closing stages. Bearing down on the two Force India's, themselves squabbling over who should be handed P4 to make a pass on the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo, Vettel made a daring move on Esteban Ocon that will be replayed again and again. 

On the tail end of the straight, Vettel pounced on the young Frenchman in front by powering down the dirty and greasy side of the track. Visibly wrestling his red car to keep it on track, he forced a move on the first corner and pressured Ocon off track at the second. It was an amazing move and incredibly brave; Vettel could easily have made a mess of the move and found himself out of the race. Instead, he set himself up for an easy pass on Perez to take P4 and limit the damage done to his lead in the title race. 

Elsewhere, Lance Stroll answered some critics with a positive drive at his home track to earn the first points of his Formula One career. The Canadian has struggled in the opening races this season, but he was composed enough to drive home in p9, even earning a thumbs-up from Lewis Hamilton as the Briton came up to lap him.

And, somewhat predictably, this wasn't a good weekend for McLaren. Again. Just when it looked like Fernando Alonso was going to finish just in the points, his engine gave way. He must be beyond the realms of frustration at this point. Surely the Spaniard won't be at McLaren next season. And surely Honda and the team are on the verge of a very expensive divorce. This has been a partnership of utter disappointment and the time has come for Zak Brown and McLaren's upper hierarchy to declare: "enough!" Mercedes are more than willing to provide McLaren with an engine next season, and the prospect must be very tantalising for the British team.

Philip Boeckman

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