Hamilton wins in Canada for sixth time


Associated Press

MONTREAL

Lewis Hamilton managed to avoid the jostling for position behind him on the opening lap of the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday.

When he looked in his mirror, the news got even better.

“I got a really good start, so I was generally in the clear,” he said after leading from the pole to the checkered flag to earn his sixth victory on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve — and third in a row. “Seeing the Ferrari further back, I thought, ‘That’s fantastic for us.”’

Max Verstappen made a move off the start, jumping from fourth to second but clipping the right front wing of Sebastien Vettel’s Ferrari on the way. (A bigger crash took Felipe Massa and Carlos Sainz out of the race just seconds later.)

Not feeling the damage at slow speed during the caution, Vettel waited to replace the wing until Lap 5 and fell to the back of the pack.

“We came out last,” said Vettel, who saw his lead in the standings cut from 25 to 12. “I knew we could recover, because we were quicker than the cars ahead. But you have to fight your way through the field, which is a lot of work; not easy.”

A week after missing the podium completely in Monaco, Mercedes posted its first 1-2 finish of the season. Hamilton completed 70 laps in 1 hour, 33 minutes, 5.154 seconds to beat teammate Valtteri Bottas by almost 20 seconds.

“The car is back to where it should be,” Hamilton said. “That doesn’t mean it’s going to be like that all the time. But we learned a lot.”

It was Hamilton’s fourth career Grand Slam — winning the pole, leading every lap, winning the race and posting the fastest lap.

Mercedes also moved into the lead in the constructors’ standings, passing Ferrari.

“Those are the results we need if we are going to win the championship,” Bottas said.

Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was third for the third straight week, celebrating on the podium by drinking champagne out of his race-worn shoe.

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