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Hamilton wins F1 Canadian GP, picks up points on Vettel

Hamilton wins F1 Canadian GP, picks up points on Vettel

Hamilton entered the day trailing in the points race by 25 points to Sebastien Vettel, who finished fourth.

The post-race awards to the top three were presented by Britsh actor Patrick Stewart.

"I asked to check and then behind the safety auto it was so slow that you couldn't really feel the damage". He [Verstappen] saw his gap, fair enough, then he ran over my front wing, you don't do that on goal because there's a chance of a puncture. I felt something out of Turn 6, 7, and then there was a safety vehicle. The German was forced to the pits with a damaged front wing and dropped to the back. "But you have to fight your way through the field, which is a lot of work; not easy". That ended the race for Sainz and Massa, while Grosjean pitted for a new nose piece.

Sainz caused an opening lap crash with Massa, bringing out the safety vehicle, and will carry a three-place grid penalty over to the next race in Azerbaijan.

Hamilton was racked by tyre problems in Monte Carlo, but had nothing but clear air this time, his pursuers all tangling in his rear-view mirrors. 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. "It is like a go-kart track and so it takes me back to my roots".

With Hamilton extending his lead, the battle was on for podium places with Ricciardo holding firm in the end from the Force India cars of Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon, and latterly Vettel, who was left ruing his unfortunate coming together with Verstappen at the start. After Perez was told to let Ocon pass so he could challenge Ricciardo on his fresher tires, he radioed back: "Let us race, man. Please". "That's not fair racing at all".

The 18-year-old Stroll, on the grid for the first time at his hometown race, finished a grand prix for only the third time in seven races this season but achieved his goal of earning his first points at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, where he watched the Canadian Grand Prix as a child.

The safety auto came out on the opening lap when, on the first turn, Romain Grosjean's Haas nudged Carlos Sainz's Toro Rosso, which plowed into the side of Stroll's Williams teammate Felipe Massa.

"When everyone is there and everyone is happy it feels good, especially at home". "I was just hoping the vehicle held together, and fortunately it did". "I can't think of a better place to do it".

McLaren and Fernando Alonso again suffered heartbreak after the Spaniard's Honda power unit failed with just two laps remaining in the Formula 1 Canadian Grand Prix Sunday. They are going to be very hard to beat.

"I wanted that podium but I didn't get it", he said. Then I almost lost it fighting back, I was late into Turn 8.

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