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Mercedes win 'a great blow' to Ferrari - Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes win 'a great blow' to Ferrari - Hamilton
By AutoSport

12/06/2017 at 05:24Updated 12/06/2017 at 05:40

Canadian Grand Prix winner Lewis Hamilton called the result a "great blow" to Formula 1 title rival Ferrari, which failed to reach the podium for the first time in 2017.

Hamilton dominated proceedings in the 70-lap Montreal event, leading home team-mate Valtteri Bottas in a comfortable Mercedes one-two.

Ferrari's championship leader Sebastian Vettel could only recover to fourth after opening-lap front wing damage and his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen had to settle for seventh due to late-race brake woes.

It proved a stark contrast to the preceding Monaco F1 race from two weeks ago, where Ferrari managed an easy one-two and Hamilton was only seventh.

Lewis Hamilton lifts his trophy in Montreal

Lewis Hamilton lifts his trophy in MontrealReuters

"It has been an incredible weekend, I couldn't be happier, firstly for the team," said Hamilton, who has now won the Canadian GP six times. To have come away from Monaco, really everyone scratching their heads and wanting to work and pull together, and we did. In these five years [with Mercedes], I've not seen the team pull so well together and work towards the same cause, to understand the car and come here and deliver what we delivered - a great blow to Ferrari."

Mercedes' first one-two finish of the year moved it ahead of Ferrari in the constructors' championship by eight points.

Having cut Vettel's drivers' championship lead down to 12 points, Hamilton says Mercedes is now back where it needs to be to sustain its title challenge.

"[Mercedes] did such great work, analysing where we went wrong, all the points - this is where we went wrong and this is what we need to do to fix it - it was just amazing teamwork," Hamilton said.

"The car is back to where it should be. Doesn't mean it'll be like that every time. Although Monaco would've been a good one to win, I am happy it happened early in the season. It should put us in a good position from here moving forwards."

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Bottas added: "Like Lewis said, I am also really happy for us as a team, impressive to see in only two weeks what we have been able to do and improve with everything in the team.

He finished 20 seconds behind his team-mate, having opted to do his final stint on softs, whereas Hamilton had gone for the ultra-soft compound.

"[The soft] was not quite as good as I was expecting so pace was missing," Bottas admitted.

"Still, I knew what I had to do in the end: bring the car home and get the points."

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