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Canadian Grand Prix: Alonso angry, Hamilton cruising - and the return of the shoey

Canadian Grand Prix: Alonso angry, Hamilton cruising - and the return of the shoey

12/06/2017 at 04:07Updated 12/06/2017 at 04:47

It was easy enough for Lewis Hamilton to win the Canadian Grand Prix, Fernando Alonso was not a happy man, and Sir Patrick Stewart drank out of Daniel Ricciardo's shoe.

WHERE THE RACE WAS WON

Mercedes's Lewis Hamilton made a big dent in Sebastian Vettel's championship lead, followed home by team-mate Valtteri Bottas and Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo.

Where was Vettel, you ask? Good question. He had an eventful race, with his front wing coming off and reporting a damaged floor after impact with Max Verstappen at a frantic, frenetic start - Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz, Haas's Romain Grosjean and Williams's Felipe Massa also found themselves caught in the chaos which eventually brought out a safety car. That spacing out of the chasing pack allowed Hamilton to cruise away happily with no challengers getting near him.

Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H on track during the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 11, 2017 in Montreal, Canada.

Sebastian Vettel of Germany driving the (5) Scuderia Ferrari SF70H on track during the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 11, 2017 in Montreal, Canada.Getty Images

The Force Indias had a great day, as predicted; Esteban Ocon was going quicker on newer tyres but team-mate Sergio Perez, just in front, didn't shift aside for him despite repeated requests. There may be words exchanged about this later.

HAMILTON-WATCH

Five out of five. He stayed out of trouble and eased his way home, picking up all the records on the way. Not bad for someone who wasn't really under any pressure from any other drivers at all.

MOVE OF THE RACE

Vettel scented blood. He went deep at the side of the track in an attempt to overtake both Force Indias - and only got past Ocon, who got thoroughly confused, veering off before resuming his place in sixth. Terrific battle three laps from the flag.

OVERTAKE OF THE RACE

Did championship leader Vettel want to play it safe? No. He was looking to move up the pack after his disastrous start, and drove brilliantly to get past Perez and seal fourth place.

TACTICAL MASTERSTROKE

Ferrari ran a risky strategy with Vettel, stopping him for fresh tyres on lap 49 in the hope it would help him chase down those pesky Pink Panthers. It worked, too - although credit has to go to the driver himself. Not everyone would have been quite that brave in their manoeuvring.

PIT RADIO EXCHANGE OF THE WEEKEND

Fernando Alonso hasn't mellowed in his time off. Back in his seat and receiving instructions from the McLaren pit wall, he was unimpressed: "You are not giving me useful information!"

UNSUNG HERO

If you're fond of storylines, Williams's Lance Stroll getting points at his home race is a pretty good one. The young man sounded quite tearful over the radio at the end.

FACEPALM OF THE DAY

Yep, time to insert the standard "McLaren" response here. One and a half laps from the end, Alonso's engine just packed up. He was not a happy man, throwing all his accoutrements off as he lifted himself out of the cockpit - and then promptly went up into the stands to meet and greet fans, which set tongues a-wagging.

STAR-SPOTTING

Sir Patrick Stewart popped in for a nose round the Mercedes garage - and then did the podium interviews, during which he did a "shoey" with Daniel Ricciardo, and then declared, "I am on the podium for the first time - I will drink out of EVERYBODY'S shoes."

Michael Douglas also pottered about over the course of the weekend.

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