Lewis Hamilton hoping he can land knockout blow in gripping title race


Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, of Great Britain, holds up a racing helmet of former F1 driver Ayrton Senna after winning pole position at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, Saturday, June 10, 2017.

It was his 56th career win, a record that includes the last three Canadian Grand Prix.

"It has been an incredible weekend, I couldn't be happier", Hamilton said. "Every year the energy grows!"

"In Maranello we will carry out a detailed analysis of the race, making the most of the data gathered as we prepare as well as possible for the next round in Baku", admitted team principal Maurizio Arrivabene. "To equal him. I just can't believe it". "I could feel the crowd behind me unlike the first year because now people know me". "I just hope at the end we are like [Floyd] Mayweather".

The first lap also saw the horrific crash between Carlos Sainz and Romain Grosjean, which prompted for the safety vehicle on track. "Lewis delivered a stellar performance this weekend with a pole lap that was nearly scary when you watch the onboard, and then a totally dominant race".

Lewis Hamilton admitted he enjoyed a "stroll in the park" and had time to reflect on memories of earlier successes as he raced to victory for Mercedes in Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix.

Vettel, a four times world champion with Red Bull who leads Hamilton by 25 points after six races, qualified second for Sunday's race.

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The new twist: Valtteri Bottas was second, the first 1-2 finish for the Mercedes teammates since they joined forces this season.

"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. All the guys back at the factory who have worked so hard to really fix what we had in the last race, to bring it here and really give it to the Ferraris. Verstappen's pain was Hamilton's gain as it made his task all that much easier.

"A cruise like we had today was something we didn't have for a long time so I'll take that", said Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff, who had spoken in Monaco two weeks ago of them being underdogs now.

The German's comeback drive to fourth was, however, damage limitation of the highest entity, and Hamilton was still wary of the Scuderia's threat despite Mercedes securing their first one-two finish of 2017 to lead the constructors' standings. Vettel then passed Perez on the penultimate lap to take fourth.

A mistake by Raikkonen let Vettel through to sixth and a chance to attack, which produced a thrilling battle as the Force India men, engaged in their own scrap, resisted.

The safety vehicle was deployed nearly immediately after Carlos Sainz collided with Romain Grosjean and wiped out Felipe Massa before ploughing into the wall at turn three.

'We had damage on the front wing which we did not notice initially, so we missed a free pit stop under the Safety Car'. However, the Red Bull suffered an electrical failure on lap 11, which promoted Bottas to the second position.