Hamilton win puts pressure on F1 drivers' leader

Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team driver Lewis Hamilton was overjoyed to take such a comprehensive win in Canada on Sunday, after the previous round in Monaco left the triple world champion and the German squad puzzled as to why they were so below par on performance.

Team by team analysis of Sunday's Canadian Formula One Grand Prix in Montreal (listed in championship order): MERCEDES (Lewis Hamilton 1, Valtteri Bottas 2) Hamilton's sixth win in Canada, and third in a row in Montreal, was the 56th of his career.

The three-time Formula One champion earned his sixth victory - and third in a row - on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Sunday, taking a clear path from the pole to the checkered flag to win by nearly 20 seconds.

However, Vettel was under fire from Max Verstappen of Red Bull as he made a quick getaway from fifth and was looking to overtake Vettel in the opening lap.

A confident Lewis Hamilton believes he has delivered a "great blow" to Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari with his masterful Canadian GP victory.

"I'd equalled Ayrton in race wins (41) a while ago so this was the focus for me".

"To have come away from Monaco, really, everyone scratching their heads and wanting to work and pull together, and we did".

"I think for us, we really solidified our strength, we've got a better understanding of the auto and hope we can put it in the same spot in the following races", he told Sky Sports television.

"More importantly for us, we've got a better understanding of the vehicle and hopefully we can put it in the same spot for the coming races - we know now after the last race where to develop this auto moving forward and that is going to really make a difference in winning this championship".

The first lap also saw the horrific crash between Carlos Sainz and Romain Grosjean, which prompted for the safety auto on track. Plum last in the pack, the championship leader began picking off his opponents and by lap 22 he was up to eighth after passing Lance Stroll, the first Canadian racing in these parts since 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve 11 years ago, and then Kevin Magnussen.

Taking it back to the start, Carlos Sainz found himself stuck in a lot of race controversy and also a prisoner in his own auto after poorly cutting off Romain Grosjean which pushed him Carlos onto the grass and hurtling uncontrollably to into Felipe Massa ending both their races.

Vettel fell from second the fourth off the start as his Ferrari was clipped by Verstappen. However, the same could barely avert Vettel's charge on the Indian team as the Ferrari driver passed both drivers to take fourth. But though the damage was apparent from outside the vehicle, Vettel said he was unaware of it from inside the cockpit, and Ferrari's subsequent failure to notice it meant the German missed the chance to pit for a replacement under the early safety auto.

"I came here 25 points behind, so to come out of here 12 points behind I'm really happy with that".

"A big thank you to this crowd", said Hamilton from the podium where the actor Patrick Stewart served as interviewer.

Vettel said he did not spot that the wing was badly damaged because the safety vehicle came out before he had had a chance to get a proper feel for the auto.

A technical glitch for Raikkonen promoted Vettel to sixth before he took fifth position after Ocon ran off the road at Turn One with four laps remaining. The pit stop to fix the damage left the Ferrari at the back of the field just six laps in.

"My first points! It is special".

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