Hamilton bounces back with victory in Montreal

Lewis Hamilton was rerely troubled on his way to victory at Montreal

Lewis Hamilton was rerely troubled on his way to victory at Montreal

Lewis Hamilton resisted race long pressure from Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to claim a lights-to-flag victory in the Canadian Grand Prix.

Hamilton made no mistakes from pole position as he fended off Rosberg at the start before going on to open up a gap over the German.

The Brit was unable to relax during the race with Rosberg closing on the reigning world champion at times although his pressure failed to force Hamilton into a mistake.

Hamilton remained in control throughout to score his fourth Canadian Grand Prix victory to subdue Rosberg’s recent charge in the title race by opening up a 17 point margin in the championship.

The battle for the final place on the podium provided plenty of action after a mistake from Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen gifted the spot to the Williams of Valtteri Bottas.

Raikkonen had held the position from the start but a spin on his out lap at the harpin allowed Bottas to jump him.

Ferrari tried to respond to the situation by bringing Raikkonen in to switch to super soft tyres.

The move saw Raikkonen close rapidly on Bottas in the final laps but the Williams driver hung on to claim his first podium of the season.

The sister Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel produced an impressive hard charging drive from the back of the grid to finish fifth, ahead of Felipe Massa, who almost mirrored the performance from 15th on the grid.

Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado scored his first points finish of the season in seventh ahead of Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg, despite the German suffering contact with Vettel as the pair disputed positions.

Daniil Kvyat came home in ninth for Red Bull Racing while Romain Grosjean secured the final points paying position.

This came after the Frenchman was issued with a five second penalty for making contact with the Manor of Will Stevens while lapping the Brit.

After winning the race last year, Daniel Ricciardo finished outside the points in 13th spot having struggled for pace in his Red Bull.

It proved to be a weekend to forget for McLaren as both Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button retired from the race.

Alonso was left particularly disgruntled after being told to save fuel, but a loss of power ultimately ended his day prematurely.

Result: Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal

Position Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 70 Laps
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes +2.285s
3 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes +40.666s
4 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari +45.625s
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari +49.903s
6 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes +56.381s
7 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes +1:06.664s
8 Nico Hülkenberg Force India/Mercedes +1 Lap
9 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault +1 Lap
10 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes +1 Lap
11 Sergio Pérez Force India/Mercedes +1 Lap
12 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault +1 Lap
13 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault +1 Lap
14 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari +1 Lap
15 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault +1 Lap
16 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari +2 Laps
17 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari +4 Laps
DNF Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari Retirement
DNF Jenson Button McLaren/Honda Retirement
DNF Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda Retirement

Championship Standings

Pos Driver Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 151
2 Nico Rosberg 134
3 Sebastian Vettel 108
4 Kimi Raikkonen 72
5 Valtteri Bottas 57
6 Felipe Massa 47
7 Daniel Ricciardo 35
8 Daniil Kvyat 19
9 Romain Grosjean 17
10 Felipe Nasr 16
11 Sergio Perez 11
12 Nico Hulkenberg 10
13 Carlos Sainz 9
14 Max Verstappen 6
15 Pastor Maldonado 6
16 Marcus Ericsson 5
17 Jenson Button 4
18 Fernando Alonso 0
19 Roberto Merhi 0
20 Will Stevens 0

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