Walk in the park for Hami

Formula One Canadian GP

Walk in the park for Hami
Lewis Hamilton's love affair with the Canadian Grand Prix continued unabated on Sunday as he won the race for a sixth time and slashed Sebastian Vettel's Formula One championship lead to 12 points.

After watching Ferrari sweep to a one-two finish two weeks ago in Monaco, Mercedes hit back with a dominating display with Hamilton cruising to his 56th career win, a leisurely 19.7 seconds in front of team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

It was Hamilton's third victory of the season and also his third in a row at the sun-bathed but windswept Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

"I had my first pole here, I had my first win here 10 years ago and to repeat it this weekend is incredibly special," said Hamilton, who also started from pole for the sixth time in Canada.

The Briton might have cut Vettel's lead further if not for an inspired charge by the German who fought his way to fourth after a damaged front wing forced a pitstop and dropped him to the back of the field early on.

Red Bull's Australian Daniel Ricciardo came home third, for the third race in a row, to complete the podium.

That gave his team something to cheer after young Dutchman Max Verstappen had his race come to a premature end with mechanical problems while running second and challenging Hamilton for the lead.

Force India shine

Force India enjoyed a great weekend with Mexican Sergio Perez taking fifth ahead of French team-mate Esteban Ocon, who was not happy at the finish.

Hamilton got off to a clean start but behind him there was the usual Montreal first lap chaos.

Vettel, starting alongside, got caught in a sandwich as Bottas shot past him on one side and Verstappen on the other, clipping the German's front wing.

"I think it was clear that today we could have been better than fourth, but that's how we finished and what is done is done," said Vettel.

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